Why NATO is not defensive, but outdated and should be dissolved

Why NATO is  not defensive, but outdated and should be dissolved

Published in slightly edited versions by China Daily on April 13, 2022, and by The Citizen in Delhi on April 12, 2022 Jan Oberg April 14, 2022 The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO, is 73 years old. When the First Cold War was over, it was about 40. Its raison d’etre until then had always […]

Jan Oberg: Stop the security intellectual disarmament – Learn to conflict and peace constructively!

Jan Oberg: Stop the security intellectual disarmament – Learn to conflict and peace constructively!

Shubham Dhage on Unsplash Jan Oberg March 4, 2022 The first draft of this article was written in mid-February, ten days before the Russian invasion of Ukraine but while the NATO-Russia conflict centred upon Ukraine was building up. Little could I know that virtually all the examples of conflict and peace illiteracy that I list […]

John Mearsheimer: Why is Ukraine the West’s fault?

John Mearsheimer: Why is Ukraine the West’s fault?

March 1, 2022 This is a recorded lecture from 2015 by Professor John Mearsheimer. In the perspective of what has just happened with and in Ukraine, this is simply prophetic. Here is a rather complex set of intertwined arguments that makes an incredibly clear-headed analysis – and warning. No decision-makers listened and thus, we are […]

Nuclear weapons abolition requires more than the five nuclear-weapon states’ recent joint statement

Nuclear weapons abolition requires more than the five nuclear-weapon states’ recent joint statement

Jan Oberg Written on January 7, 2022, as Op-Ed for China Daily * One description of the contemporary world is more accurate and ominous than any other, namely that we live in the nuclear age or the age of nuclearism, i.e. the weapons plus the thinking and power structures that surround these doomsday weapons. In […]

NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

Michail Gorbachev discussing German unification with Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Helmut Kohl in Russia, July 15, 1990. Photo: Bundesbildstelle / Presseund Informationsamt der Bundesregierung. By Svetlana Savranskaya and Tom Blanton January 7, 2022 Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner. Slavic […]

NATO Expansion: The Budapest Blow Up 1994

NATO Expansion: The Budapest Blow Up 1994

Clinton and Yeltsin in Naples, July 10, 1994.  Dormant Vesuvius is in the background.  (Eruption wouldn’t happen until Budapest).  Source:  Inosmi.ru Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner Slavic Studies Panel Addresses “Who Promised What to Whom on NATO […]

Daniel Ellsberg & others: The US almost nuked China in 1958 – is this also a real risk today?

Daniel Ellsberg & others: The US almost nuked China in 1958 – is this also a real risk today?

Daniel Ellsberg November 8, 2021 Given the intellectual and ethical status of many leaders in today’s world, this is not – as it may seem – a far-fetched question. It must be raised and discussed since the shocking revelation made by Daniel Ellsberg (1) earlier this year. In 1958, the US had a president – […]

Jan Oberg: Evidently the West cannot live without enemy images. Go see a shrink so we shall all live in peace

Jan Oberg: Evidently the West cannot live without enemy images. Go see a shrink so we shall all live in peace

Jan Oberg October 27, 2021 I’m 70 now and all my life, I’ve heard that the Russians would one day make a surprise attack and, within 48 hours, occupy the Eifel Tower. Fait accompli! We in the West were weak – perhaps not right now but we would be within the next 5 years if […]

US-Afghanistan August 15, 2021: Eight conclusions and the mean words “What was it we said all the time”?

US-Afghanistan August 15, 2021: Eight conclusions and the mean words “What was it we said all the time”?

Jan Oberg August 17, 202 Back then, after September 11, 2001, in Washington and New York, everybody talked about who could have done it, how they did it and with what means. The only thing never brought to the fore was: WHY would somebody want to do something like 9/11 to the United States of […]

Macedonia’s NATO membership: On the frontline?

Macedonia’s NATO membership: On the frontline?

Biljana Vankovska, TFF Associate June 22, 2021 There is a comprehensive, independent-minded “alternative” analysis of NATO’s crisis in general and the membership of North Macedonia in it. Dr Vankovska writes in the intro to her analysis that: “North Macedonia (hereafter in the text, Macedonia) was officially admitted to NATO on 27 March 2020 as its […]

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