Nordstream Sabotage: EU-Russia Energy Tensions Escalate

TCSS Security Commentaries #029 The large-scale damage inflicted upon the Nordstream pipelines marks an important turning point in Europe's energy crisis, exemplifying how much is at stake in this complex constellation of interests. Milan Thiée, University of Heidelberg The ongoing power struggle between Russia, Europe, and the US noticeably played out in a scramble for … Continue reading Nordstream Sabotage: EU-Russia Energy Tensions Escalate

EU Gas Emergency Plan met with Divided Response

TCSS Security Commentaries #028 In an attempt to break away from the dependency on Russian gas supplies, the European Union must not only face persistent disunity at its core but reevaluate the role that it can play on a world political stage. Deliberate sabotage and large leaks in Nord Stream 1 and 2 on September … Continue reading EU Gas Emergency Plan met with Divided Response

Finland and Sweden joining NATO reshapes European geopolitical landscape

TCSS Security Commentaries #025 On May 16, both Finland and Sweden officialized their adhesion process to join NATO. It is a historical step in ending both countries' non-alignment policies. Lina Laur, Sciences Po Paris Moscow violated the Budapest Memorandum of Understanding (1994) by invading Ukraine and violating its territorial integrity. It also triggered Finland and … Continue reading Finland and Sweden joining NATO reshapes European geopolitical landscape

Ukraine Conflict and Geopolitical Turbulence within Quad

Security Commentaries The Indo-Pacific region seems to be an outlet for the US’s strategic competition with China. It is demonstrated in the US’s exaggeration of China’s aggressiveness as an inevitable threat to the region’s integrity and global stability. Elpeni Fitrah, Taiwan Center for Security Studies Quad foreign ministers meeting the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison … Continue reading Ukraine Conflict and Geopolitical Turbulence within Quad

Toward Revitalized West: Strategic Implications of Russian Aggression Against Ukraine

Security Commentaries The Russian invasion instead of an easy win has brought significant losses for Moscow both on the battlefield and in international politics. Russia now faces not only deepening isolation, but also a more determined and resilient West that aims to increase its military capabilities, diversify energy imports and shrug off any ambiguous connections to … Continue reading Toward Revitalized West: Strategic Implications of Russian Aggression Against Ukraine

Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting 2021

The Council approves ten years strategic plan and the incoming Russian chairmanship. Evgenii Iastrubinskii A ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council took place on May 20, in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ministers and Representatives of eight Arctic States and six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations discussed issues relating to international cooperation on sustainable development of the Arctic and … Continue reading Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting 2021

Biden – Putin Summit: Seeking for Stable and Predictable Relations

The summit between presidents Putin and Biden took place in Geneva on June 16. The meeting was held in two formats, first between the heads of state and heads of foreign affairs agencies, then in an expanded format, with the participation of the heads of the defense departments, the intelligence community and other foreign policy … Continue reading Biden – Putin Summit: Seeking for Stable and Predictable Relations

Who Holds the Future of the Middle Corridor?

TCSS Security Commentaries #018 AFTER THE G7 AND NATO SUMMITS, THE QUESTION ARISES ONCE MORE HOW MUCH INFLUENCE CHINA WILL EXERT IN ITS PLANS FOR GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY IN TRADE, INFRASTRUCTURE, AND INVESTMENTS. THE MIDDLE CORRIDOR PROJECT (MC) IS IN A POSITION TO HARMONIZE AND PERHAPS KEEP GROUNDED INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS IN THE REGION. Diren Dogen, Visiting … Continue reading Who Holds the Future of the Middle Corridor?