Policy Brief No.46: Turkish parliament has voted in favor of a military operation in Syria and Iraq: reasons and expectations


According to IBI Times, on September 4, 2014, after Turkey’s Parliament authorized ground forces to combat the militant group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, Turkey’s decision to join the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group was qualified as an “act of aggression,” by the […]

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News Alert No.45: US strikes against ‘IS’ in Syria, more countries have offered to join in

US strikes against IS

According to Deutsche Welle, on September 27, “US aircraft have again hit “Islamic State” targets in Syria, the fifth night of airstrikes over Syria. This follows the UK’s decision to join the aerial campaign against the Sunni fighters in Iraq, but not in Syria.”[1] On September 26, British lawmakers voted 524-43 in favor of airstrikes […]

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Policy Brief No.39: Ukraine is trying to get more independence from Russian energy

Ukraine Nuclear Energy

According to Itar-Tass, on September 24, 2014, Ukraine has approved supplies of upgraded nuclear fuel from the US company Westinghouse for its nuclear power plants (NPP) and expects the first delivery by the end of the year, said a senior official with the national nuclear service. Mikhail Gashev, the first deputy chairman of the State […]

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News Alert No.38: Russia will augment its Black Sea Fleet with more than 80 new warships by 2020 and will complete a second naval base for the fleet near the city of Novorossiysk by 2016

Russian Submarine

On September 23, 2014, President Putin visited the port city Novorossiysk and hold a meeting regarding the development of the port. On the occasion, Vice Admiral Alexander Vitko, commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, said that “Following Crimea’s reunification with Russia, the importance of the naval base did not decrease due to permanent presence […]

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News Alert No.36: Almost 60% of the population of Catalonia in favor of autonomy. Possible implications of Catalonia’s independence


On September 22, 2014, Europa Press reviled the results of a survey conducted by the Center for Public Opinion Omnibus. According to that almost 60% of Catalans said they support the acquisition of autonomy status of the state; 58,8% “completely” or “mostly” agree that Catalonia should become a state; 31.9% opposed. Respondents were also asked […]

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News Alert No.31: U.S. jets intercept six Russian planes, including two strategic bombers

Mig 31 Russian Air Force

According to a NORAD statement (the joint U.S. and Canadian aerospace command), and of the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), quoted by Reuters on September 19, on September 17 two Russian IL-78 refueling tankers, two Russian Mig-31 fighter jets and two Russian Bear long-range bombers Russian aircraft entered the United States’ air defense identification zone (ADIZ), […]

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Policy Paper No.5: Europe’s approach to Russia’s gas power – searching for alternative solutions

Russia gas

On September 16, Slovak gas company SPP has registered a 25% decline in Russian gas, Austria reported a 15% lower gas supply from Russia on September 12, and Romania  reported a 10% cut in gas on September 15. According to Ria Novosti, “Russian gas deliveries to Europe are possible only on the condition that Ukraine’s […]

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