Midnight In The Desert — NATO

The Power of Collective Memory

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The Power of Collective Memory

In China, people remember the period from roughly 1849 to 1949 as the “century of humiliation.” The time was turbulent, from the First Opium War (a defeat by the British) through many other defeats and unfavorable treaties in which Chinese people were dominated by the Japanese, French and English. Although the century was declared over in 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was established, the Chinese remember the sting of those times and still interpret modern events through them. For example, in 1999 during the NATO bombing of Belgrade as a part of the war in (former) Yugoslavia, U.S....

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NATO likely to declare cyberspace a warfare domain at Warsaw summit

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NATO likely to declare cyberspace a warfare domain at Warsaw summit

The upcoming NATO summit in Poland is likely to enter the history books as the event where cyberspace was officially declared an operational warzone, according to the military official in charge of building Germany’s cyber command. All 28 NATO member states are likely to agree to the proposal during the Warsaw summit, to be held in the Polish capital on July 8-9, Major General Ludwig Leinhos announced at the Berlin Air Show this week, Reuters reports. Leinhos, a former director at NATO Headquarters Consultation, Command and Control Staff, is known at home for heading the German military's efforts to establish...

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A worrisome number of the world’s military conflicts involve countries with nuclear capabilities

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A worrisome number of the world’s military conflicts involve countries with nuclear capabilities

Over the last two years, dozens of countries have engaged in military spats in the form of border clashes, air and sea confrontations, and weapons test launches designed to show military muster. While these kinds of outbursts aren’t unusual, what’s worrying, at least for one arms control advocacy group, is how many of them have involved countries with nuclear capabilities like Russia, North Korea, and India. An analysis of 270 military events over the last 21 months by the group Global Zero identified a troubling number of run-ins and close calls between countries with nuclear capabilities. Defense experts may call...

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The internet told us Russia would violate NATO territory last week.

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The internet told us Russia would violate NATO territory last week.

What will Vladimir Putin do next? This is a question the world, its expectations confounded by two years of Russian adventurism in Crimea, the Ukraine, and beyond, is finding it increasingly difficult to answer. The clues are out there, though — it’s just getting harder to unearth them. On November 8, we used the Predata signal for Russian NATO intrusions — an index of the volatility of chatter around this topic on Wikipedia, YouTube, across the comment section of news websites, and elsewhere — to predict a 75% chance of a Russian intrusion across a NATO border within 30 days. That intrusion arrived, of course, last...

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