Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2014

With fears of Moscow growing after its intervention in Ukraine, NATO member states in Eastern Europe would like NATO to direct a planned missile-defense system against Russia as well. The calls have divided the military alliance. more... Comment ]

Brussels Summit: EU to Refocus on Stalled Defense Initiatives

Brussels Summit: EU to Refocus on Stalled Defense Initiatives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

EU leaders are gathering in Brussels Thurday in an effort to shore up the bloc's common defense policy, amid growing doubts over whether Europe can bridge divergent national views on the continent's security role. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

European Obstruction: NATO Reforms Moving at 'Snail's Pace'

European Obstruction: NATO Reforms Moving at 'Snail's Pace'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2013

NATO members committed themselves last year to reforming the alliance, with pledges from Europe to boost its military capabilities to ease the burden on the US. But a confidential analysis by the German government finds that virtually no progress has been made -- and that it's mainly the Europeans' fault. By Matthias Gebauer, Ralf Neukirch, Gordon Repinski and Christoph Schult more...

Missile Defense Spat: A New Arms Race Looms between Russia and US

Missile Defense Spat: A New Arms Race Looms between Russia and US

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2011

The US and Russia intended to "reset" their relations under US President Barack Obama. Instead, however, the two countries continue to squabble over the planned missile shield, which Washington insists is to protect against attack from Iran. The debate shows signs of turning into a new arms race. By Matthias Schepp more...

SPIEGEL Interview With Russia's Defense Minister: Moscow Wants to 'Participate as an Equal Partner'

SPIEGEL Interview With Russia's Defense Minister: Moscow Wants to 'Participate as an Equal Partner'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2010

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov discusses relations between his country and NATO, possible collaboration in the development of a missile defense system in Europe and resistance to the Kremlin's military reforms by the Russian officers' corps. more... Comment ]

Defending NATO: Obama's Missile Shield 'Not Nearly As Contentious'

Defending NATO: Obama's Missile Shield 'Not Nearly As Contentious'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2010

US President Barack Obama may have abandoned George W. Bush's missile shield plans. But he still plans to build one. In an interview with SPIEGEL, the head of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative, Steven Pifer, explains why Obama's plan isn't as controversial. more...

'Thirty-Minute Missiles': Nuclear Powers Fret Over US Quick-Strike Plans

'Thirty-Minute Missiles': Nuclear Powers Fret Over US Quick-Strike Plans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2010

The Obama administration wants to develop a global non-nuclear, quick-strike missile defense system. But one downside is that the weapons could confuse Russia and China and spark a nuclear response. US national defense analyst David E. Mosher of the RAND Corporation explains the new idea in a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview. more...

Nuclear Disarmament: The Missile Shield Deadlock between the US and Russia

Nuclear Disarmament: The Missile Shield Deadlock between the US and Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 10, 2010

The US and Russia are currently negotiating a successor to the START nuclear disarmament treaty. But continued American plans for a missile shield in Europe have proven to be a major stumbling block. President Obama's vision of a nuclear-free world is in danger. By Christian Neef more...

The Bomb for Beginners: A DIY Guide to Going Nuclear

The Bomb for Beginners: A DIY Guide to Going Nuclear

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 03, 2010

Building a nuclear weapon has never been easier. NATO's Michael Rühle provides step-by-step instructions for going nuclear, from discretely collecting material to minimizing the fallout when caught. These simple steps have worked for the likes of Israel, Pakistan or North Korea, and your country could be next. more...

SPIEGEL Interview with Former Polish President: 'What Will America Expect in Return for Sacrificing Their Missile Shield?'

SPIEGEL Interview with Former Polish President: 'What Will America Expect in Return for Sacrificing Their Missile Shield?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2009

Some Poles are claiming their country has been sold out to Russia after plans for the American missile defense shield in Eastern Europe were scrapped. Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski talks to SPIEGEL about what the decision means for his country and why the US should pay more attention to the region. more...

The World from Berlin: Obama Takes 'Big Political Gamble' on Missile Shield

The World from Berlin: Obama Takes 'Big Political Gamble' on Missile Shield

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2009

US President Barack Obama has scrapped his predecessor's plans for a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. German editorialists hope the move will encourage Russia to back tougher sanctions against Iran. But while some praise the decision as hopeful and brave, others dub it naive and dangerous. more...