Policy Brief no.69: Russia to deny foreign military superiority, according to bellicose propaganda

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On January 30, 2015, two senior Russian officials – Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces – have mentioned that Russia will deny any foreign military superiority. Quoted by Sputnik International, Shoigu said that “the task set by the president of not allowing military superiority over Russia […]

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News Alert no. 108: India and Russia step up joint fifth generation aircraft development project just a few days before Obama’s visit

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The Times of India reports that on January 21, 2015, Manohar Parrikar, the Indian defence minister and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, “have decided to fast-track joint military programmes, including the proposed joint development and production of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA)”[1], a project that has known virtually no progress in the last few years. […]

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News Alert no.107: Japan approves largest ever defense budget

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On January 14, 2015, Japan approved its biggest defense budget ever for the next fiscal year. According to Business Insider[1], until March 2016, “Tokyo will spend 4.98 trillion yen ($41.97 billion)”; previously, the highest Japanese budget was the “4.96 trillion yen earmarked in 2002”. Part of the new budget will be spent on acquiring new […]

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Policy Study No.3: China: Aspects of nuclear policy


Nowadays, China is one of the most (if not the most) important power player in the Asia-Pacific region. The remarkable rate at which Beijing’s economy is growing makes us wonder how long it will take before it surpasses the American one. Beyond the fact that it is one of the world’s leading powers (at least […]

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News Alert No.87: Landmark China-Japan meeting in Beijing. Obama participates in the 2014 APEC summit


On November 10, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, held talks with Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing, “in a long-awaited first official meeting since both leaders took office”[1]        . According to Deutsche Welle, Abe told reporters that “this is a first step toward improving […]

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News Alert No.82: Iraq: Expansion of the U.S. military mission. Obama authorizes the deployment of 1500 additional troops


On November 7, Barrack Obama has approved the deployment of additional U.S. non-combat personnel to Iraq. According to a statement given by the Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby, “up to 1,500” troops are to be deployed “over the coming months, in a non-combat role”, in order to “expand [the U.S.] advise and assist […]

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News Alert No.54: Somali and African Union forces take control of Baraawe, a strategic al-Shabaab stronghold


On October 5, Somali troops, backed by the African Union Mission is Somalia (Amisom) have taken control of Baraawe, “a port town used by al Shabaab to bring in arms and fighters from abroad, after the al Qaeda-linked militants fled without a fight”[1]. According to an Amisom press release, the city of Baraawe “is located […]

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