During the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, NATO has backed the latter in the defense of their homeland politically, economically, and militarily. With the full-scale invasion entering its second year in a ten-year overall conflict, Russia continues to escalate, hoping to have a favorable treaty in its favor.

In the meantime, NATO continues to lag, as it took seven months of political gridlock inside America to bring military aid at the expense of Russian advances finally, and Czechia’s shell initiative bailed out Europe, which lagged in artillery allocations. While Russia and its allies are all in, NATO must show a new and concrete directive, as foreign adversaries will not slow down anytime soon.

Current Global Tensions

Along with the ongoing war in Ukraine, several flashpoints across the world intertwine with at least one or more NATO members.

In Africa, a ‘coup belt’ has formed with Russian information and hybrid warfare. Countries that were former French colonies, such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Gabon, Guinea, Niger, and the Central African Republic, are all currently ruled by military juntas, who have a disdain for France and the West in general.

Against the backdrop of the coup belt, especially in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, French forces have been expelled—ending the decades-long counterinsurgency operations against ISIS and al-Qaeda. US forces also face potential expulsion, with Russian troops entering the American-built airbase as the junta in Niger calls for the complete end of the Western coalition.

In the Middle East, the Israel-Hamas War nearly went regional after the April events. Here, Israel targeted and eliminated several top-level commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) next to their embassy in Damascus.

Wanting revenge for the attack, the Mullahs and IRGC launched several hundred ballistic missiles and drones at Israel, with the overwhelming majority being shot down by the latter, America, Britain, France, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. Israel responded to the attack with a limited but decisive strike against a radar battery near Iran’s nuclear facility in Isfahan—ending the exchange for now.