2022 NATO Madrid Summit: The Response of the Atlantic Alliance

Between the 28 and 30 of June, the 2022 Madrid Summit gathered the heads of state and governments of NATO Member States and partners, representing a crucial point for discussing the future of the Atlantic alliance. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has, in fact, forced NATO to come up with an agreement on further measures in response to Moscow. At the same time, the Alliance also had to define a new collective security doctrine to follow throughout the future global scenario.

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War Business Game Strong: How Russia’s Aggression Affects European Defence Procurement?

Many European countries have been caught off guard by unprecedented Russian aggression against Ukraine and, for the time being, the European states are right on their way to strengthening their defence capabilities. Flooding Ukraine with weaponry remains the top priority nowadays, precipitating worthy efforts to make this weapons transfer happen. This Info Flash seeks to outline Europe’s options to face up to challenges posed by the Kremlin in terms of its military capabilities. The IF will review the 'war-economy' dimension of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, attending to its impact on arms manufacture and sales.

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Different Path to Cooperation through Association: Legal Implications within the Common Defence and Security Policy for Potential EU’s Membership Candidates.   

On the 23rd and 24th of June, EU leaders gathered at the European Council to discuss, among others, newly formulated membership requests from Ukraine, Moldavia and Georgia. While still considered as third countries, states that fill up a membership request or obtain candidate status (as well as non-candidate third States) cannot - and should - not be entirely ousted or dismissed of hand from various EU legal frameworks and tools related to common security and defence policy (CSDP).

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Perspectives for the augmented soldier (focus on the French case)

In the race for defence technologies, innovation is a crucial issue to ensure the operational supremacy of armies. Given the advanced breakthroughs in the field of supportive robotic technologies, interest in the integration of new technologies into the human body has rapidly increased. States are therefore engaging in plans to develop augmented soldiers in the context of a constantly evolving tech war.

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The Risk of Potential Illicit Arms Trafficking in Eastern Europe and Leak of Technological Secrets due to the West’s Arms Export to Ukraine. 

Since the Federation of Russia started its aggression against Ukraine, the West and EU Member States multiplied conventional arms exports toward the continent to reinforce the Ukrainian Army’s capacities on the ground to face what appears to be the second most equipped conventional army in the world (Small arms survey, 2021).

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