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Ukraine confronts Kremlin infiltration threat at unreformed state bodies

On July 17, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dismissed Ivan Bakanov, the head of Ukraine’s state security service (SBU), and Iryna Venediktova, the country’s prosecutor general. In his nightly video address, Zelenskyy said the pair were being removed for allowing treasonous activity to fester at the state bodies they led. Although concerns over pro-Russian …

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Lieutenant General Adamczak starts his tenure as new Director General of the NATO International Military Staff

On Monday 18 July 2022, the NATO Military Committee welcomed the new Director General of the NATO International Military Staff (DGIMS), Lieutenant General Janusz Adamczak. During his welcome remarks, the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Bauer acknowledged General Adamczak’s extensive military career, combining both command and operational postings. …

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Disinformation 101: War of the Worlds

8 PM 30th of November, 1938 The usual music radio program is periodically interrupted “for important news”: The alien invasion of New York has begun. They landed in Grover’s Mill (New Jersey) and during the impact the aircraft created a crater. The reporter’s report is interrupted by a panicked announcement …

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Atlantic Council: Putin weaponizes Russian passports in his war against Ukraine

Vladimir Putin escalated his war against Ukrainian statehood on July 11 by expanding the fast-track distribution of Russian passports to include the whole of Ukraine. The move builds on legislation first introduced in spring 2019 which simplified the passport application process for Ukrainians living in eastern Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Donbas regions. Following the …

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Atlantic Council: Four (updated) ways the war in Ukraine might end

It’s the war that was both eminently predictable and roundly unpredicted. If ever there has been a conflict that underscored the urgent need in the policy world for strategic foresight, it’s the one currently raging in Ukraine. For months, our foresight experts have been projecting how the war could break out and, …

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NATO Secretary General meets with members of EU Parliament

Speaking with members of the EU parliament on 13 July 2022, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described the NATO Summit in Madrid as “historic and transformative”. The Secretary General was attending a joint meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence …

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