Opinion No.11: Space debris is boosting tensions between Russia and the West


„Russia may be testing a satellite capable of chasing down other orbiting spacecraft”, Paul Rincon wrote for BBC on November 20, 2014[1]. This grim evaluation is connected to a story which started some months earlier. On May 23, 2014, a Rockot booster lifted off from Plesetsk cosmodrome (the main military cosmodrome of Russia), carrying three […]

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News Alert No.94: U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel resigns “under pressure”


On November 24, 2014, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned. In an official statement published on the Pentagon webpage, he said: “You should know I did not make this decision lightly. But after much discussion, the President and I agreed that now was the right time for new leadership here at the Pentagon”[1]. But reliable […]

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News Alert No.93: British SAS wiped out several hundred ISIL fighters


Along the past two days [November 22 and November 23, 2014], Mail on Sunday published a piece of news describing, with some details, the way in which the notoriously effective British SAS (Special Air Service) is directly involved in fighting against the Islamic State (ISIL) forces in Iraq. According to the British newspaper, “SAS troops […]

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News Alert No.92: Beijing is building a strategic island in South China Sea


On November 21, Reuters reports that “satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands”. The new island will be “large enough to accommodate what could be its [China’s] first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea”.  The piece of news is based on images obtained by IHS […]

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Policy Brief No.60: Increased U.S. and NATO military presence in Romania


On November 17, 2014, exactly one day after the second round of presidential elections in Romania, two very senior U.S. officials came to Bucharest, a political move clearly showing how important the Eastern flank of the Alliance became in the context of increased Russian aggressiveness along the past few months. On that day, an official […]

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Opinion No:10: Brazil: Most senior military leaders reject protesters’ calls for a return to power of the armed forces


Folha de São Paulo informs on November 19, 2014, that senior military officials strongly reject protesters’ calls for a come-back to power of the armed forces[1]. After Dilma Rousseff won her second term as President of Brazil, unhappy electors organized through Facebook protest marches in São Paulo and, to a lesser extent in other main […]

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Policy Brief No.59: Germany’s uncomfortable role in solving the crisis in Ukraine


Several open sources offered, along the past few days (mainly starting with November 17, 2014), a lot of units of significant information, and also a lot of ideas and suggestions, on the role Germany might play – and has to play, according to its obvious great European power status and also according to its increasingly […]

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