For many years, long before President Macron's arrival at the Elysée Palace, the French position on defense had always been more independent than that of its neighbors vis-à-vis American protection. In 2017, when tensions between Berlin and Washington were at their peak, Emmanuel Macron and Engels Merkel launched several industrial and political initiatives to give substance to a very ambitious and quite old project, Defense Europe. However, as relations between Germany and the United States normalized from the following year, the Franco-German cooperation programs gradually withered, largely from…Read the article
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Joe Biden renounces the “No first use” doctrine for American nuclear weapons
If the doctrine of use of nuclear weapons in democracies is a highly political subject, it is clear that for fifty years, these have changed little, whether in France, in Great Britain like in the United States. During the last US presidential campaign, candidate Joe Biden promised to incorporate a firm rule on the use of these weapons if he were elected, renouncing them unless attacked by other weapons. nuclear. And as there were many before him, Joe Biden finally gave up implementing such a doctrine, sticking to the very traditional doctrine of using…Read the article
UAE Suspends F-35 Purchase Negotiations
Then in the middle of the electoral campaign for his re-election to the White House, Donald Trump scored a big blow in the summer of 2020 by announcing the signing of a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, an agreement which was quickly joined by other Sunni Gulf monarchies in an effort to normalize relations with the Jewish state after several decades of tension over the Palestinian cause. If the points of convergence were numerous, in particular about the potential risk posed by the Iranian nuclear program, the United Arab Emirates took the opportunity to negotiate with Donald Trump the sale of Defense technologies hitherto reserved...Read the article
The Metavers, a critical medium-term defense and security issue
On October 28, the president of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the launch of a huge program aimed at making his company, renamed "Meta" on this occasion, the global pillar in the field of Metaverse. Although there were, strictly speaking, no precise announcements made during this press conference, neither in terms of the project nor in terms of the timetable, this ambition clearly gives the start of a next stage in the evolution of the link that everyone can have with digital. As such, the Metaverse bring many opportunities in terms of defense for those who know how to seize them, but also…Read the article
Why does Germany favor the strategic partnership with the United States?
In recent weeks, Franco-German relations around defense industrial cooperation programs have begun to resemble the scenario of a bad South American series, with its share of artificial twists and declarations intended to be sensational in the form of a cliffhanger. Latest events to date, the bitter observation made by French officials of the difficulties encountered in the discussions around the Tiger 3 program, with the aim of a possible acquisition of AH-64E Apache helicopters by Berlin across the Atlantic, and the deep differences which oppose the French vision of the German vision concerning the program of new generation tanks MGCS. It seems that there…Read the article
Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE reportedly discuss military alliance against Iran
The enemy of my enemy is my friend, says an Italian proverb. And it is true that there is nothing more effective than a pressing and major threat to bring nations that everything has opposed up to now, to discover links and form alliances. One naturally thinks of the United States and the Soviet Union during the Second World War, but such examples are strewn throughout the history of humanity, beyond continents, eras and cultures. However, imagine only a few months ago that Jerusalem, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Manama could negotiate, albeit unofficially, a military alliance outside of American supervision,...Read the article
Su-35, S-400… Saudi Arabia puts pressure on Washington
On January 28, just days after his swearing in, US President Joe Biden announced that he was suspending US support for the military intervention in Yemen led by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. . Concomitantly, several arms contracts, notably concerning guided bombs for Riad and the acquisition of F35 and MQ9B Gardian by Abu Dhabi, were also suspended. Even if the presidential decision was surrounded by a diplomatic context, explaining that it was for the new administration to examine these contracts, some of which were signed barely an hour before the end of his Presidential mandate by…Read the article
What will Joe Biden's strategy be for NATO and Europe?
Many European chancelleries learned of Joe Biden's election to the White House with unfeigned relief, as relations with his predecessor were so tense and difficult. Donald Trump had never hidden his contempt for NATO and for those Europeans who "benefited from American protection" without paying the price. With the exception of a few countries, such as Poland, which sided too openly with the former president, and which must now maintain a discreet posture while waiting for time to do its work, many leaders of the old continent welcomed the he arrival of Joe Biden at the head of the United States at large...Read the article
Can Beijing's Strategy to Seize Taiwan Be Countered?
"Taiwan independence means war". It is in these unequivocal terms that Wu Qian, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense of the People's Republic of China, concludes this Friday, January 29 a briefing to the Chinese press concerning the repeated maneuvers and exercises carried out by the People's Liberation Army, its air and naval forces, in the Taiwan Pass and in the China Sea in recent days. And to clarify that as long as the DDP, the independence party in power since 2016 on the island, continues to refuse the reintegration of Taiwan into China, tensions with Taipei and its allies will go…Read the article
Social Warfare, this new threat against Western democracies
The assault on the Capitol by a group of rioters on January 6, on the sidelines of the end of Donald Trump's mandate, had the effect of an electric shock for all Western capitals. Suddenly, the conspiratorial threat, which had hitherto been considered an epiphenomenon, certainly serious, but limited in its potential harm, was propelled to the rank of major threat to the very survival of Democracy and the rule of law. From then on, all Western heads of state undertook to take action to try to control this threat manipulated by a few unscrupulous politicians and certain people whose status as social guru is flattering...Read the article