# Defence and security

An Armenian soldier carries his machine gun in the front line as troops hold positions on October 18, 2020, during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)
An Armenian soldier carries his machine […]

Main points of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a Russian-brokered peace deal to end weeks of heavy fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh and find a long-term solution to the dispute over the region
Then US Vice-President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with then EU President Donald Tusk (unseen) at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on February 6, 2015. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP
Then US Vice-President Joe Biden speaks […]

EU must ‘learn to live without’ US global leadership under Biden

The EU will once again have a cooperative US partner when Joe Biden becomes president, but Europeans should have no illusions: Washington will be no globo-cop nor NATO's big protector, analysts say
A police officer looks at a destroyed house after shelling in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region's main city of Stepanakert on October 7, 2020. Photo: Aris Messinis / AFP
A police officer looks at a destroyed ho […]

Shadow of history makes Karabakh solution elusive

Two weeks into the fiercest fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh since a 1990s war, analysts say the historical burden is making a long-term agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan elusive
A handout photo released by the Greek National Defence Ministry on August 26, 2020 shows ships of the Hellenic Navy taking part in a military exercise in the eastern Mediterranean on August 25, 2020.
A handout photo released by the Greek Na […]

After US boost, Greece looks for EU backing on Turkey talks

Greece looks for EU support this week in tough upcoming talks with Turkey over maritime borders and energy exploration after securing a diplomatic boost from the visiting US secretary of state
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 16, 2018 shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny during an interview with AFP at the office of his Anti-corruption Foundation (FBK) in Moscow. - Tests carried out on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny provide clear proof that he was poisoned by a chemical nerve agent, the German government said Wednesday, September 2, 2020, demanding explanations from Moscow. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)
(FILES) This file photo taken on January […]

EU hobbled over Navalny sanctions response

European countries have threatened sanctions on Russia over the alleged nerve agent attack on Alexei Navalny, but a concerted decision will be tough to reach given the interests at stake
File photo taken on January 7, 2015 shows hooded gunmen Cherif Kouachi and his brother Said Kouachi facing police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Photo: Anne Gelbard / AFP
File photo taken on January 7, 2015 show […]

Mutating terror threat still looms over Europe

The terrorist threat against Europe has mutated in the last half-decade as jihadist groups have seen their Middle East sanctuaries eroded, but analysts say the West must remain braced for more attacks