Policy Study No.2: Some general OSINT remarks regarding terrorist threats impacting the European Union

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Introductory remarks Many open sources have noted recently that the E.U faces a considerable terrorist threat derived from the homecoming of foreign fighters from Syria. Even though there are considerable pieces of information to confirm this very trend one must bear in mind the fact that a terrorist threat coming from such a source is […]

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News Alert No. 46: Coalition air strikes hit Syrian oil refineries in Raqqa, Syria.

US Syria

On September 28, 2014, Reuters reported that coalition forces carried out air strikes, hitting makeshift oil refineries in Raqqa, Syria.[1] “Islamic State fighters have control over oil produced in eastern Syria and have set up small, makeshift refineries to distil the crude oil into fuel, one of their main sources of income.”[2] ISIL has been […]

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Policy Brief No.37: China-India territorial frictions, possible signs that Xi Jinping needs to assume better control of the PLA.

Xi Jinping

According to open sources, “Indian and Chinese troops faced off at their countries’ unmarked border in the Himalayas on Thursday [April 18, 2014] as their leaders were promising to boost economic cooperation and substantially increase Chinese investment in India’s infrastructure at a rare meeting.”[1] It seems that although the two leaders were keen on promoting […]

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Policy Brief No.26 : Key strategic directions and diplomatic efforts in fighting ISIL

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On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama stated that “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. […] That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten […]

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Policy Brief No.24 : U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice visit to China: several hot topics discussed, with mixed results

Susan Rice

Controlling the sea, a hot spot on the agenda While being on a three day visit to China, (aimed at preparing Barack Obama’s visit to the country in November this year[1]), U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice seems to have made a point out of underlining the fact that China should not proliferate a practice […]

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Policy Paper No.2: The Chinese “supersonic” submarine, putting things into perspective

The Chinese supersonic submarine

Recently China made a declaration which strongly illustrates the magnitude of Chinese efforts made in order to get at least technological parity with the U.S. in naval warfare. In its efforts to develop its maritime military power, Beijing announced that it could have taken an important step in the development of what should be the […]

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Policy Brief No.3: Chengdu J-20, worrying perspectives for the Asia Pacific area

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On the 26th of July China has managed to successfully test-fly its fourth prototype of the Chengdu J-20 fifth generation stealth bomber.[1] The newest version of the bomber flew for two hour before landing.[2] Many factors have contributed to the development of the aircraft. Espionage is of course one of them. Most open source data […]

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