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This week in Austrian defence | April 23

Bernhard Völkl// 23.04.2017

TWIAD is your weekly, English-language briefing on national security and defence affairs in the alpine republic. The most relevant news reports, press releases, articles and announcements are recapped and, where necessary, given some context for greater accessibility. Feel free to get in touch with us and give us your feedback and thoughts, ask questions in the comments and join the #TWIAD (...)

Khan Shaykhun is Thightening the Syrian Knot

David Fussi// 22.04.2017

This article sheds light on events in the run-up Khan Shaykhun chemical attack on April 4, 2017 as well as its context and likely consequences for the war in Syria. Read the full article in German. In the weeks prior to the April 4 chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun, fierce battling between government and rebel forces had taken place along several fronts across Syria. Political landmarks such (...)

This week in Austrian defence | April 9

Bernhard Völkl// 09.04.2017

TWIAD is your weekly, English-language briefing on national security and defence affairs in the alpine republic. The most relevant news reports, press releases, articles and announcements are recapped and, where necessary, given some context for greater accessibility. Feel free to get in touch with us and give us your feedback and thoughts, ask questions in the comments and join the #TWIAD (...)

€19,84m for externally sourced services in 2016

Christoph Bilban// 09.04.2017

The Austrian Ministry in Defence in a response to MP Nikolaus Scherak’s parliamentary inquiry revealed its 2016 expenditures for externally sourced services, totalling €19.84m. This equals about half of the government’s total stated expenditures of €42.2m in that category. The figure that does not, however, include all ministries. Item Cost Transport Services €6.59m Trainings (...)

This week in Austrian defence | April 2

Bernhard Völkl// 02.04.2017

TWIAD is your weekly, English-language briefing on national security and defence affairs in the alpine republic. The most relevant news reports, press releases, articles and announcements are recapped and, where necessary, given some context for greater accessibility. Feel free to get in touch with us and give us your feedback and thoughts, ask questions in the comments and join the #TWIAD (...)

New weapons and personal gear for Austrian soldiers

Bernhard Völkl// 30.03.2017

Featured image: Austrian Armed Forces Photograph / Pusch On March 29, a range of small arms and new personal equipment for Bundesheer soldiers were announced: new assault and sniper rifles, protective equipment, CRC gear, NVGs and uniform items, to name but a few. This article lays out the details and prods the figures. (...)

This week in Austrian defence | March 25

Bernhard Völkl// 25.03.2017

TWIAD is your weekly, English-language briefing on national security and defence affairs in the alpine republic. The most relevant news reports, press releases, articles and announcements are recapped and, where necessary, given some context for greater accessibility. Feel free to get in touch with us and give us your feedback and thoughts, ask questions in the comments and join the #TWIAD (...)

The world is at the brink of war – News from Valery Gerasimov

Christoph Bilban// 22.03.2017

On March 15, 2017, a new article by Valery Gerasimov was published in the Military-Industrial Courier. Titled “The world is at the brink of war” the subtitle is more enlightening actually . Gerasimov presents a view according to which foresight is more important than focusing on lessons identified from current conflicts. Related to the 2013 “Gerasimov Doctrine” (see the Russian orginal here), (...)

Language and Security – A Philological Point of View

Hanna Grininger// 19.03.2017

In the fields of marketing and public relations the value of getting your texts, slogans and advertising messages right is well known. Yet, in the scientific field of international relations the power of words is still underestimated, despite some scholars working on and with political discourse analysis. The last months showed an increased interest in the role of language in political (...)

Review of DASICON2017 – pt. 1

Christoph Bilban// 10.03.2017

Again sipol.at crew was present at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy Students Initiative’s annual conference held from March, 03 to March, 04 2017. Take a look at our review on Storify. [View the story “OSCE Still Matters as Challanges to European Security won’t Vanish” on Storify] (...)

Zika on the Rise

Maximilian Mayerhofer// 13.04.2016

With the last confirmed death related to Ebola in January 2016, the disease looks tamed. Meanwhile however, the next adversary is emerging: The Zika virus started spreading in Brazil in April 2015 and quickly set out to other parts of Latin America and even as far as Europe. This article will give a quick recap on the virus itself, its latest history, known pattern of spreading and currently (...)

The 80s Music Guide to Current Conflicts

Ben Dagan// 31.03.2016

After surviving the first of April hoaxes, we’ve decided to cheer you up with an 80s music guide to current conflicts and issues in International Relations. It is interesting to see how music can be reused to describe something that wasn’t on the radar at the time and certainly not on the mind of the artists. It is nothing but to enjoy music from a time when the fronts appeared to (...)

Deportations – A Herculean Task?

Bernhard Völkl// 24.03.2016

This article gives an overview of asylum figures and forced returns in Europe. It then sheds light on and analyses the Austrian MoD’s intention to use military aircraft for return operations, a prohibitively expensive option compared to civilian charter aircraft.  Continue reading [German] (...)