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Elisabeth Braw

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Elisabeth Braw is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. She lives in London and frequently writes about European security for publications including the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and The Times (of London).
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NATO Needs More Big Exercises, Too

June 14, 2018 Some 18,000 troops from 19 NATO member states and partner countries are wrapping up Saber Strike 18, an exercise designed to demonstrate the “alliance’s capabilities and to enhance existing relationships between participants,” as the U.S. Army explains. By today’s standards, the annual Saber Strike is an enormous exercise – but...

Let’s Talk about Food—and What Happens In a Crisis

May 25, 2018 This week, Sweden presented a civil-defense brochure to be sent to the nation’s 4.8 million households. Called “If the Crisis or War Comes,” the 20-page brochure provides practical instructions, ranging from the signals that will sound in case of a national emergency, how to detect disinformation, how to get on...

Let’s Talk about Food — and What Happens In a Crisis

May 24, 2018 This week, Sweden presented a civil-defense brochure to be sent to the nation’s 4.8 million households. Called “If the Crisis or War Comes,” the 20-page brochure provides practical instructions, ranging from the signals that will sound in case of a national emergency, how to detect disinformation, how to get on...

We Need a NATO for Infowar

May 3, 2018 It was Sweden that manufactured the nerve gas that nearly killed Russian double-agent Sergey Skripal in Salisbury in March. Or the Czechs. Or in fact the UK itself. Russian media deliver a dizzying range of exaggerations and falsehoods about our countries, while we usually opt for the high road of...

For Not-Quite-Wars, Italy Has a Useful Alternative to Traditional Troops

April 16, 2018 They are a domestic police force, but they are doing their jobs in countries hundreds and thousands of miles from home: Afghanistan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Palestine. They get so many invitations — pleas, really — from countries emerging from conflict, or descending into it, that they must turn some down. They...

How to Deal With Russian Information Warfare? Ask Sweden's Subhunters

April 3, 2018 A mysterious incident occurs. It can’t be conclusively attributed, but the targeted country pins the attack with near-certainty on another country — which unleashes a disinformation campaign, ridiculing the target and proposing a range of other explanations. The UK in 2018? Yes – and Sweden, for far longer. Over the...

There Are More and More Threats that Militaries Can't Stop. People's Forces Can Help

March 15, 2018 Major-General Eirik Kristoffersen of the Norwegian Army is the quintessential soldier, a special forces officer who has done several tours in Afghanistan and commanded Norway’s Special Forces Command. So his newest appointment — as commander of Norway’s home guard, the Heimevernet — shows how homeland defense is a rising concern...

The US Military Needs a Teacher Corps to Train Its Partners

January 9, 2018 As we speak, U.S. troops are training Afghan armed forces. U.S. forces were also training them last year, and the year before that. In fact, American troops have been training them ever since the Taliban were toppled in 2001, to the tune of $4 billion per year. Other NATO countries...

When the War Comes, What Should We Civilians Do?

January 3, 2018 Imagine this. Yesterday, Russian warships cut several of the undersea cables that power the internet. Millions of Europeans suddenly found themselves unable to use email and text messaging services. They were unable to bank or pay their bills online. Retailers’ websites ceased to function. Families stampeded on grocery stores. By...

When the War Comes, What Should We Civilians Do?

December 29, 2017 Imagine this. Yesterday, Russian warships cut several of the undersea cables that power the internet. Millions of Europeans suddenly found themselves unable to use email and text messaging services. They were unable to bank or pay their bills online. Retailers’ websites ceased to function. Families stampeded on grocery stores. By...