NATO Policy towards Russia after the Crimea Annexation: More Deterrence and Farewell to Partnership


 Warsaw, Poland - The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) Bulletin No. 39, by Jacek Durkalec, examines NATO-Russia relations after the Crimea annexation. The piece notes that the annexation of Crimea broke the already fragile trust Russia had among NATO members, and it suggests that the Alliance should work to enhance deterrenece and defence capabilities for NATO members neighboring Russia. (March 20, 2014)

APLN Convener Gareth Evans Offers Opinions on Ukraine


 Geneva, Switzerland - Asia-Pacific Leadership Network convener Gareth Evans, former Australian foreign minister, argues in a Project Syndicate op-ed that the “delusion” over Ukraine’s nuclear history has dangerous policy implications. Evans offers recommendations, focusing on the notion that what may appear to be a stable nuclear balance actually encourages more violence.

Ukraine Must Not Become a New Berlin Wall


In an NTI op-ed, co-authors Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor S. Ivanov, Sam Nunn, and Adam Daniel Rotfeld write that the situation in Ukraine "graphically demonstrates the inadequacies of the current Euro-Atlantic security system" and highlights the corrosive trust deficit in the region. The former leaders propose the creation of a Contact Group of foreign ministers from Russia, the United States and key European countries to develop a plan to reduce tensions and resolve the crisis. (March 13, 2014)

Latin American Statesmen Urge Comprehensive Reduction of Nuclear Risks

Buenos Aires, Argentina - In advance of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, The Latin American and Caribbean Leadership Network for Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation (LALN) released a statement urging states with and without nuclear arms to undertake a comprehensive effort to reduce nuclear risks. The LALN also reaffirmed its commitment to efforts to prevent the security vulnerability of any state in the region from being exploited by terrorists or others seeking to acquire a nuclear device. (March 10, 2014)

Henry Kissinger Comments on Ukraine


In a Washington Post op-ed, NSP Principal and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger cautions that both Western and Russian leaders "should return to examining outcomes, not compete in posturing" in order to solve the current crisis in Ukraine. Taking Ukraine’s complex political and social history into account, Kissinger’s piece offers four outcomes compatible with the values and security interests of all sides.