This issue of Newsbrief includes articles on the Russian nationalist motorcycle club known as The Night Wolves, the Crime/Terror Nexus, the American military presence in Iceland, and sport diplomacy at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Florence Keen and Anton Moiseienko
All too often, any overlaps between crime and terror are seen as forming part of a single problem of the ‘crime/terror nexus’. In reality, they present a range of disparate issues that should be addressed in their proper context.Global Security Issues, Organised Crime, Terrorism
Increased Russian naval activities in the North Atlantic have refocused Western military attention on Iceland’s geostrategic importance. But even if the US has resumed irregular Cold War-style maritime and anti-submarine patrols from Iceland, there are no plans to reopen the American military base on the island.Aerospace, NATO, Security Policy, Defence Policy, Global Security Issues, Maritime Forces, Military Personnel
As the infamous Russian motorcycle club ‘The Night Wolves’ establish a permanent presence in Central Europe, the Kremlin is well-placed to exert its influence in this problematic part of the EUGlobal Security Issues, Organised Crime
J Simon Rofe
The recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia provided Russian President Vladimir Putin with a platform to engage in a fruitful bout of ‘sport diplomacy’. Through hosting the World Cup, Putin helped to enhanced Russia’s place on the international stage, positioning himself as orchestrator of a geopolitical contest for the duration of the tournament, while a quality sporting spectacle played out on the pitch.Global Security Issues