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Christians, Violence, and the Middle East

‘Christians, Violence, and the Middle East’ is the Danube Institute’s second conference to be held in relation to the ongoing research project titled ‘Violence Against Christian Communities and Institutions’. This conference will be composed of three panels that are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the phenomenon of violence as experienced by, or directed toward, Christian communities and institutions in the Middle East. The conference will feature a keynote speech from Tristan Azbej of Hungary Helps, panel appearances from members of the Danube Institute, as well as our partner organizations such as ICESCO, and finally both secular and ecclesiastical institutions based in the Middle East, such as the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate for Antioch and the Jordan-based Catholic Center for Studies and Media.

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On the edge of Europe - Military developments in Britain since the end of the bipolar world order

In this paper I analyse the military developments and the strategic planning of the United Kingdom since the end of the Cold War. A two-phase change can be seen in British military strategy: the first straight after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the second, triggered by increasing military challenges of the 2020s. Consequently, after the end of the bipolar world order London tried to scale down its military capabilities and shrink its defence budget. Yet, with the destabilisation of the US-dominated global system Britain is now thriving to ensure its security and to protect the stability of the European continent, hence increasing military spending. Moreover, despite its position of being on the edge of Europe the United Kingdom seeks to establish military cooperation with its fellow European nations as well as to maintain the very special relationship it cultivates with the United States. All the while counter-acting the increasing assertiveness of China, and the Russian ambitions in Ukraine.

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In the early 2000s, several reports were made for the government and decision-makers indicating that the Hungarian Defence Forces and their capabilities would become highly outdated by the 2010s witho...

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