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U-turn : Sweden brings back military conscription

The Swedish government has decided to reintroduce military conscription, abolished in 2010. It means that 4,000 men and women will be called up for service from 1 January 2018, selected from about 13,000 young people born in 1999, who will be asked to undergo a military assessment. The 13,000 who undergo the military tests will be a mixture of volunteers and conscripts. The Swedish recruitment system will be modelled on Norway's. In September, a Swedish garrison was restored to Gotland, a big island lying between the Swedish mainland and the three ex-Soviet Baltic states.


Foreign & Defence Policy Program of US presidential candidates

Donald Trump

Trump used a major speech on Thursday to lay out an “America first” foreign policy that would see Nato allies contribute more to their own defence. Castigating the “reckless and rudderless” policies of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that he said “blazed a path of destruction” in the world, Mr Trump said he would return the US to a more self-interested approach.


Le retour français à l'OTAN – un vrai retour ou un trompe d’oeil

Dans le 21ème siècle le processus de réintégration de la France à la structure militaire de l’OTAN (quittée en 1966 après la décision du président Charles de Gaulle) a été relancé en 2004, mais c’est le président Sarkozy qui a profité de la médiatisation de cette acte ambiguë.