Opinion no. 20: Very troubled waters. Grim perspectives for the Arabian (or Persian) Gulf region


On December 29, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has published a peace of news listing the airstrikes launched, on that day, against Islamic State (ISIL) positions and forces in Syria and Iraq. The text states that “[international] coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands and […]

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Opinion No.19: Southeast Asia is seeking a new regional stability through balancing trends


In August 2014, the analysts from The Economist predicted the year 2021 will be “the year of China’s re-emergence as world’s biggest economy”[1], “when China’s economy will overtake America’s”[2]. They even created an algorithm calculator that uses real GDP growth, inflation and monetary appreciation data in order to generate forecasts regarding the evolution of US […]

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Opinion No.18: A German scientist will lead the European Space Agency for the next four years


A few days ago, on December 18, 2014, the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Ing. Johann-Dietrich (Jan) Wörner as the next Director General of ESA, for a period of four years starting on July 1, 2015[1]. The event was not at all a ‚front page news’ for […]

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Opinion No.17: Some brief comments on the recent elections in Japan


“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition cruised to a big election win on Sunday [December 124], ensuring he will stick to reflationary economic policies and a muscular security stance”, Reuters reported, late in the evening, on December 14. The same open source also reported „NHK public TV said Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and junior partner […]

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Opinion No.16: Ups and downs in NASA’s programs for human space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit


A few days ago, on December 10, 2014, reporting on the project of SLS rocket (one of the trio of NASA’s related programs for human space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit), an article published by Washington Post cited the Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher who declared „it could cost at least $10 billion to develop this ‘monstrous rocket […]

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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 Telegraph.co.uk 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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