Bombs Over Belgrade: An Underrated Sino-American Anniversary

On May 7, 1999, as part of the NATO air campaign in the former Yugoslavia, five precision-guided bombs from a U.S. B-2 bomber struck the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Belgrade. The bombs killed three Chinese journalists, injured around 20 Chinese citizens, and destroyed multiple structures in the embassy compound. The bombing also sparked a diplomatic crisis between the governments of the United States and China, which included major protests against the United States in many cities across China. Those three sentences are close to indisputable historical fact. Everything else about this incident and its aftermath is subject to a great deal of interpretation —interpretation that still, 20 years later, shapes the two countries’ interactions.

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Welcome to the Alphen Group - Creating solutions for a secure Europe

Blog by Julian Lindley-French

What must be done?

What must be done to make Europe secure in the twenty-first century? A resurgent, nationalist Russia, systemic terrorism, mass barely-regulated immigration, strained transatlantic relations, the revolution in military technology, the threat of pandemics, warfare that stretches across the social bandwidth from fake news to new nukes, transnational crime and a host of other challenges, hazards and threats with which a divided Europe must contend.

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Zelenskiy's Landslide in Ukraine: What Does It Mean?

On April 21, political novice Volodymyr Zelenskiy, best known for starring in a political television drama scored a dramatic victory over incumbent Petro Poroshenko to become the next president of Ukraine. Four experts on Ukraine gave their verdict to the Carnegie Endowment.

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