There can be no security in contemporary Europe without the creation of a new ‘iron triangle’ – the US, NATO and the EU. Right now, ‘reality’ looks more like a meringue triangle – the appearance of a hard crust on the outside, very soft in the middle. Until the hybrid threat is seen as the strategic threat it is NATO and the EU will continue to act like two wary bull elephants dancing around each other on the head of a shrinking pin. Real progress will only be seen when effective and real strategy is crafted and the agility and adaptability central to the conduct of effective hybrid warfare is realised.
What should the select committee do? The answer to this is easy. It should do what the Minister should have done when his officials served up the Bill: send it back.
Instead of prescriptive regulations for a bygone era, the new economy needs a regulatory model that is flexible, efficient, and outcomes based. Legislation that incentivises innovation, rather than stifles it.
There is an opportunity here for New Zealand’s regulatory regime to embrace the digital economy and set the standard internationally with a permissive accreditation and licensing regime.
The pilot project symbolises a new institutional working method whereby the European Defence Agency manages defence research programmes on behalf of the European Commission. After delegating the pilot project to the Agency in November 2015, this will be a test case not only for the EU’s ability to finance vital defence research but to also prove to the member states that the EU can add value to national efforts on defence research.
Any future European Defence Research Programme may even eventually alter the way the EU develops defence capabilities. This is crucially important given the SDIP’s emphasis on having ‘the right capabilities, tools and structures to deliver more security for its citizens’.
Ordinary people can neither cross into Russia with contraband nor transfer large amounts of money abroad without legal grounds to do so; only those who are part of the system can. And who is more a part of the system than top law enforcement officials?
In the Zakharchenko case, it seems as though the FSB, which has been trying to gain control over smuggling and capital exports, found out about the timing of a large transfer and attacked while the “caravan was in transit.”
In previous research, AAF found there were 20.5 million to 29.7 million workers participating in the gig economy in 2014.
From 2002 to 2014, while total employment increased 7.2 percent, gig workers increased by between 8.8 percent and 14.4 percent. From 2010 to 2014, independent contractors alone increased by 2.1 million, accounting for 28.8 percent of all jobs added during the time period.
Ortega’s continuous closure of democratic spaces, elimination of true opposition, restrictions on media coverage, press intimidation, and lack of political transparency, coupled with his decision to name his wife vice president, has brought back flashbacks of the not so distant Somoza dynastic dictatorship.
Several former Sandinista leaders who have left the party have expressed their concerns and believe that Ortega has betrayed the party’s socialist ideals of a better, more just world. Ortega’s own brother, who headed the armed forces for many years, has strongly criticized Ortega’s authoritarian turn.