Policy Brief No.7: Ukraine: Mariupol residents dig trenches, preparing themselves for defensive operations against the Russians

Ukraine

On August 30, Euronews reported that “locals from Mariupol in Eastern Ukraine have been digging trenches and are poised to defend what many fear will be the next battle zone”. The same open source says, quoting Ukrainian authorities, that “Russian-backed forces have made significant progress towards the strategic port city on the Sea of Azov”. […]

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Policy Brief No.6: Israeli authorities offered direct intelligence support to Mahmoud Abbas, enabling his political survival in spite of at least two coup d’etat attempts

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Along the past few days, several media sources in the Greater Middle East offered a lot of details about an at least one aborted coup d’etat, organized in the West Bank by various Palestinian forces, including Hamas and other Palestinian radicals, against the acting Palestinian Authority President, the quite moderate Mahmoud Abbas. According to most […]

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Policy Brief No.5: Iran: a few aspects related to the country’s nuclear program

Iran-Nuclear

Back in May 2014, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), an organization that functions under the aegis of the UN, asked Iran “to address concerns into its research over explosives experimentation, as well as studies into nuclear explosive yields”[1], with a deadline being set for August 25. However, according to Jerusalem Post, “Tehran failed to […]

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Policy Brief No.4: The threat posed by the Islamic State (ISIS / ISIL), a topic of spirited political debate in the U.S. Congress

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Republicans in the U.S. Congress “called for more aggressive U.S. action to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, accusing President Barack Obama of policies that have failed to thwart potential new threats on U.S. soil”, Reuters reported on August 24. Representative Mike Rogers (Rep.), at this very moment the chairman of the very influential House of Representatives Permanent […]

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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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Policy Brief No.2: Guam: a perennial and major strategic asset for the U.S. in the Pacific Ocean

Guam

A few days ago, Bob Work – at this very moment Deputy Defense Secretary of the U.S. – has visited the tiny island of Guam, in the Central-North Pacific. The visit was “part of a seven-day trip that began with an Aug. 17 stop in Hawaii and will include visits this week with officials and […]

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Policy Brief No.1: Afghanistan: Major press agencies and some important U.S. official reports depict two vastly different realities

Afghanistan

On August 20, 2014, Reuters clearly stated that “fighting between Afghan forces and militants intensifies ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign troops this year”. The same notoriously reliable media outlet says that Afghanistan is “a nation where Taliban militants are fast gaining ground against government forces”[1]. Beyond the level of such general evaluations, international […]

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