Updated: NATO nervously looks east
Next week the international defence establishment will gather in Paris for Eurosatory, the biennial arms extravaganza.
One subject that is likely to be high on the agenda is NATO’s options for dealing with a newly-belligerent Russia, which since the last exhibition has annexed the Crimea region and helped spread instability in eastern Ukraine and Syria.
In line with this new interventionist strategy is Moscow’s development of so-called hybrid warfare, which blends its traditional reliance on armoured forces with new cyber capabilities.
In addition, we have produced a comprehensive report on Russia’s new military capabilities and what this may mean for European defence chiefs.
With NATO holding its summit in Warsaw in July, the Russian question, member states defence spending commitments and the future of NATO bases in central Europe will be high on the agenda. Such issues will also cast a long shadow over Eurosatory.