News Alert No.105: Update of Russia’s Military Doctrine

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On December 26, 2014, was adopted an updated version of the Russian military doctrine.  According to the updated military doctrine, the prevention of a nuclear war or any other type of conflict is core to Russia’s defense policy. “The prevention of a nuclear military conflict, as well as any other military conflict, constitutes the basis for Russia’s defense policy,” the doctrine reads according to Sputnik […]

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News Alert No.104: Some causes and risks in Russian economy crisis

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on December 25, 2014 at a government meeting in Moscow that “the difficulties that we have run into carry not only an outside factor. They are not solely tied to some sorts of limitations of sanctions or limitations tied with the objective international environment, they are tied to our not working out defects that have accumulated over the years.” He […]

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Opinion No.15: The perennial strategic value of the Faklands Islands: some comments

“Winston Churchill dispatched 1,700 troops to the Falkland Islands in 1942 out of concern that the Japanese were planning to invade the territory and interfere with critical sea routes in the South Atlantic”[1] according to a report published by the on December 9, 2014. “Documents held at the National Archives, cited by Kyodo News, […]

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Opinion No.14: Increased Russian presence in Ukraine since January 2014


The following article will present a method to detect the migration of a certain population to a specific area (or the more or less covert operations of military forces across national borders). Case study:  Russian presence in Ukraine Tool: Google Keyword Tool Idea: Migration of a large number of persons in an area with a different language […]

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News Alert No.100: Russia military exercise at the Ukraine border

 “Conspicuous military drills in the south of the country, not far from the Ukraine border,” on December 5, 2014 , Reuters reports. “Russian officials say the exercises are design to allow their pilots to practice their skills on new fighter jets and bombers.”[1] On December 5, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking after a meeting […]

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News Alert No.99: Turkey and Russia – growing interdependence

“Russia’s offer of a centre stage role in its revised gas export plans to Turkey, after President Putin killed off the South Stream pipeline to southeast Europe, has been greeted with more muted applause in Ankara than Moscow might have hoped,”[1] Reuters reports on December 4, 2014. According to, Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller said […]

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Policy Paper No.12: Falklands – a never-ending challenge

According to Mercopress, on December 3, 2014, “Argentine opposition lawmakers expressed concern about alleged logistic support from Brazil and Chile to British warships and other auxiliary vessels in the South Atlantic and demanded the government of President Cristina Fernández report to Congress on the matter.”[1] Lawmaker Juan Carlos Zabalza, who is a member of the […]

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