The dangerous tool of Russian military exercises

It all started with a military exercise in 2008. “Today, Georgia. Tomorrow, Ukraine. The day after, the Baltic states—and later perhaps the time will come for my country, Poland!” Those words were uttered 5 August 2008 by Poland’s late president, Lech Kaczyński, in the presence of five European heads of state who had come to Tbilisi in a gesture of solidarity with the just-invaded Georgia. Almost 10 years later, this statement anticipates Europe’s current security dilemma.


The Road to Zapad 2017

Later this year, Russia will launch what could be the largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War. Known as Zapad 2017, this exercise will get underway on September 14. It will test contingency plans for a full-scale conflict with NATO and interoperability with Belarus and the Commonwealth Security Treaty Organization. In the past, Russia has used military exercises as cover to invade neighboring states - as seen with Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014. Will Zapad-2017 be a harmless and transparent military exercise or will it act as a springboard for conflict on Europe's doorstep? Cutting through this fog of fact and disinformation, CEPA StratCom is launching "The Road to Zapad 2017" - an in-depth resource to track and analyze the lead up to Zapad 2017 and its outcomes. Read the latest on The Road to Zapad 2017. 

Srbija i Rusija potpisuju bezbednosne sporazume

Ministar unutrašnjih poslova Nebojša Stefanović doputovao je u posetu Rusiji, gde bi trebalo da se sastane sa generalnim sekretarom Saveta bezbednosti RF Nikolajem Patruševom i zvaničnicima Federalne službe obezbeđenja, a takođe će učestvovati i na samitu šefova Saveta bezbednosti, koji će se održati u Tveru od 23. do 25. maja.


Balkan Troubles: The European Perspective and the Case for US Engagement

On May 16, the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative, in partnership with the European Fund for the Balkans, hosted a panel discussion on European perspectives regarding US engagement in the Balkans. Moderated by Damon Wilson, executive vice president of the Atlantic Council, and introduced by Igor Bandovic, senior programme manager at the European Fund for the Balkans, the panel included Dimitar Bechev, nonresident senior fellow at the Eurasia Center, Florian Bieber, director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Milan Nic, nonresident senior fellow at the Future Europe Initiative, and Majda Ruge, fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University.


The Balkans: Threats to Peace and Stability

Chairman Rohrabacher on the hearing: “As the new Administration begins to put in place the pieces of their foreign policy, now is an appropriate time for Congress to reevaluate and consider our approach to the Western Balkans. I, like many observers of the region, have been frustrated by the lack of political reconciliation, economic development and stability. I fear that the status quo cannot continue indefinitely and that political backsliding is possible. This hearing will give the Subcommittee the chance to hear from both Administration officials and private experts on that current state of the region and what further actions or policy changes may be needed to ensure the Western Balkans continue to move in a direction of good governance and ethnic tolerance.”