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Adéu a Europa? Benvinguts al Mercosur

Before anyone gets their panties in a bundle, permit me to say that this is a thought-exercise rather than a serious recommendation. But given the uncertainties surrounding the future of a hypothetical Catalan Republic in the event of a unilateral and non-negotiated secession from Spain, it is worth “thinking outside the box.” At the least, […]

Catalonia: An Essential Pillar of NATO, Peace and Security in Indi-Pac by Alex Calvo and Pol Molas

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Alex Calvo is a guest professor at Nagoya University in Japan Pol Molas is a naval analyst and regular contributor to the Blau Naval blog The article is reprinted with permission of the author. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   Security and defence, […]

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Security and Defence Policy in an Independent Catalonia by Alex Calvo

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Alex Calvo, a guest professor at Nagoya University (Japan), focuses on security and defence policy, international law, and military history, in the Indian-Pacific Ocean Region. He tweets @Alex__Calvo and his work, which includes “China’s Air Defense Identification Zone: Concept, Issues at Stake and Regional Impact”, Naval War College Press Working Papers, No 1, US Naval […]

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Band of Brothers: Afghanistan, NATO & Catalonia by Alex Calvo

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Alex Calvo is a Professor of International Relations and International Law, and guest professor at Nagoya University. An expert on Asian security and defense issues, he got his LLB from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) and is currently doing an MA in Second World War Studies at the University […]

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Russians Drink Sangria as Ukraine Burns

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Cease fire violations are a part of the daily routine in the no man’s land of Eastern Ukraine. Rifle fire, automatic weapons and exchange of mortar rounds between Ukrainian government forces and rebel militias is a matter of course, with up to 100 violations in a day[1]. For the moment, that is all there is: […]

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Gibraltar: The Daily Grind

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There has been a stand-off today between a number of Spanish government vessels and the Gibraltar Squadron inside the Territorial Waters of the British Overseas territory. Beginning at 0500 local time, the HMS Sabre left the port at high speed to intercept and shadow the Spanish Oceanographic Research Vessel Ángeles Alvarino. Throughout the morning, the Spanish […]

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Ceuta en la Encrucijada por Alex Calvo (en castellano)

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Alex Calvo is a Professor of International Relations and International Law, and Head of the IR Department, at European University (Barcelona Campus), and a guest professor at Nagoya University. An expert on Asian security and defense issues, he got his LLB from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) and is currently doing an MA […]

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Spain’s Ceuta: A Dangerous Game by Alex Calvo

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Alex Calvo is a Professor of International Relations and International Law, and Head of the IR Department, at European University (Barcelona Campus), and a guest professor at Nagoya University. An expert on Asian security and defense issues, he got his LLB from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) and is currently doing an MA […]

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The European Defense Fund: An Urgent Priority

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A recent Brookings poll[1] shines light on the disturbing reality of continued erosion of support among Western Europeans for military commitments, even the mutual defense clause enshrined in Article 5 of the NATO treaty. In an survey comprising 11,000 respondents in 10 countries, participants were asked if their country should use military force to defend […]

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Spain: The Russians Are Coming

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Spanish newspaper El Pueblo de Ceuta reported[1] on Sunday the arrival of two ships of the Russian Navy, the Alexander Shabalin and the Ivan Bubnov. The Shabalin is a 4,000 ton amphibious landing ship assigned to the Baltic Sea Fleet while the Bubnov is a fleet replenishment tanker with a fully-loaded displacement of 13,500 tons […]

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