Montenegro between NATO and Russia

On December 2, 2015 NATO formally invites Montenegro to start accession talks to join the Alliance. The small Balkan country is expected to join during 2017. Putin is not too happy about NATO’s eastward expansion. See how dramatically different countries addressed their fear of Russia’s response.

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Putting a Face on Terrorism

The Belgian-born Frenchman Salah Abdeslam is the only living suspect in the Paris terror attacks of November 13th. Salah was billed by some newspapers as Public Enemy No. 1. Although Salah Abdeslam has temporarily become the face of terrorism, it seems unlikely that he still poses a significant threat. But there remain numerous other radicalized Islamists in Europe. Therefore we are lead to believe that, when we catch Salah Abdeslam, the threat is not over.

Sinai Plane Crash: Bomb-Plot Suspicion Becomes Top Theory

International experts are currently investigating the potential causes of the Russian passenger plane crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, as the uncertainty of conditions surrounding the loss of all 224 passengers on board of the flight continue to fuel widespread suspicions and presumed conclusions throughout international news sources. The Sinai tragedy received tremendous attention from the…

Russia Strikes in Syria

After the clashing of glasses and discourses at the UNGA, media headlines were again dominated by diverging narratives on military intervention in Syria. More particular discrepancies like separation of terrorist groups from opposition forces became most apparent in the documented patterns of airstrikes in Syria. American sources such as the Wall Street Journal claimed that efforts by the U.S. and allies to fight the…

Showdown at UN: Obama Meets Putin

In the weeks leading to the UN General Assembly, the Kremlin orchestrated a takeover of an unfolding narrative on civil war in Syria. Increasing Russian military presence appeared to only be the start of Putin’s strategy for the region, as more recent statements revealed joint efforts in intelligence gathering by Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq. These and other developments…

Real American Heroes

POLOS AND KHAKIS Fashion columnist Vanessa Friedman recently commented on the latest smart-casual trend in a New York Times article. The piece traced news coverage and social media reactions to the three Americans [and one Briton] at the Legion of Honor ceremony. Adorned in polos and khakis, the “more relaxed, though unquestionably neat and respectful” clothing worked…

Turkish attacks against Kurds and ISIS

By the end of July, the Turkish government ended peace talks with the Kurds of the PKK and started a new confrontational course that included several attacks against the Kurds. At the same time the government started its active fight against ISIS and asked NATO for support in this fight. This week the reaction to…