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Jun 3, 2014

West ponders how to stop – or fight – a new Great War

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After more than a decade focused on combating Islamist militancy, Western military planners are once again contemplating potential war between major powers – and how to prevent one happening by accident.

Although the Cold War rivalry with Moscow has never been forgotten, current and former Western officials say Russia’s annexation of Crimea has NATO powers tearing up strategic assumptions and grimly considering both conventional and nuclear fights.

May 27, 2014

Estonia exercise shows NATO’s growing worry about cyber attacks

WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters) – It started with hactivists
defacing websites and a e-mails pointing users to links that
stole data.

Soon, Ragnar Rattas and his team of Estonian computer
security experts were battling the heaviest and most
sophisticated cyber attacks they had ever encountered.

May 7, 2014

Corrected – Cost of Somali piracy slumps as attacks fall – report

LONDON (Reuters) – (This story corrects the description of Madsen to one of the report’s authors (not sources), in paragraph 6)

The cost of Somali piracy to the global economy fell by almost half last year as attacks slumped, but piracy in West Africa was on the rise, an annual security report said on Wednesday.

May 7, 2014

Cost of Somali piracy slumps as attacks fall-report

LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) – The cost of Somali piracy to the
global economy fell by almost half last year as attacks slumped,
but piracy in West Africa was on the rise, an annual security
report said on Wednesday.

The Oceans beyond Piracy report put the total cost of Somali
piracy – by far the largest single threat to international
shipping in recent years – at only $3.2 billion in 2013.

Apr 15, 2014

Rebel videos show first U.S.-made rockets in Syria

LONDON (Reuters) – Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be U.S. anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country’s civil war.

They would signal a further internationalization of the conflict, with new rockets suspected from Russia and drones from Iran also spotted in the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

Apr 11, 2014

West struggles as Russia moves to dominate old USSR

LONDON (Reuters) – NATO says tens of thousands of Russian troops are massed on the border with Ukraine for a potential invasion, yet Western states still lack a strategy to stop Moscow from intervening in its former Soviet neighbors.

With military action to protect non-NATO states effectively ruled out, current and former officials say sanctions and isolation provide the best – and perhaps only – way to pressure Moscow. Ramping up the pressure on the rich and powerful around President Vladimir Putin, they say, might in time push him towards a much more conciliatory approach.

Apr 11, 2014

Analysis – West struggles as Russia moves to dominate old USSR

LONDON (Reuters) – NATO says tens of thousands of Russian troops are massed on the border with Ukraine for a potential invasion, yet Western states still lack a strategy to stop Moscow from intervening in its former Soviet neighbours.

With military action to protect non-NATO states effectively ruled out, current and former officials say sanctions and isolation provide the best – and perhaps only – way to pressure Moscow. Ramping up the pressure on the rich and powerful around President Vladimir Putin, they say, might in time push him towards a much more conciliatory approach.

Apr 7, 2014

After Crimea, West’s spies, armies to raise Russia focus

LONDON (Reuters) – As Western states enter a new era of potential confrontation with Moscow, they face an awkward reality.

A quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the level of expertise on Russia in intelligence agencies, armed forces and governments has diminished drastically.

Mar 28, 2014

Analysis – Geopolitical games handicap Malaysia jet hunt

By Peter Apps and Tim Hepher

(Reuters) – The search for flight MH370, the Malaysian jetliner that vanished over the South China Sea on March 8, has involved more than two dozen countries and 60 aircraft and ships but been bedevilled by regional rivalries.

While Malaysia has been accused of a muddled response and poor communications, China has showcased its growing military clout and reach, while some involved in the operation say other countries have dragged their feet on disclosing details that might give away sensitive defence data.

Mar 28, 2014

Geopolitical games handicap Malaysia jet hunt

By Peter Apps and Tim Hepher

(Reuters) – The search for flight MH370, the Malaysian Airlines jetliner that vanished over the South China Sea on March 8, has involved more than two dozen countries and 60 aircraft and ships but been bedeviled by regional rivalries.

While Malaysia has been accused of a muddled response and poor communications, China has showcased its growing military clout and reach, while some involved in the operation say other countries have dragged their feet on disclosing details that might give away sensitive defense data.

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      "Peter Apps is political risk correspondent for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, covering a range of stories on the interplay between politics, economics and markets. Previously, he was emerging markets correspondent based in London after postings in southern Africa and Sri Lanka. His neck was broken in a vehicle smash on assignment in Sri Lanka in 2006, leaving him largely paralysed from the shoulders down."
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