Policy Brief No.62: Massive U.S. military ‘retrograde operations’ in Afghanistan are going on


Since February 2014, “the U.S. has retrograded or divested 12,000 pieces of rolling stock – vehicles, mostly”, from Afghanistan, “and more than 25,000 shipping containers or vehicles have been exported to either U.S. bases in Kuwait or straight to the U.S.”, Star and Stripes reports on December 7. The effort aimed at bringing a large […]

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Policy Brief No.61: The new IDF Chief of Staff is facing massively difficult strategic risks and threats


On November 28, “Israeli defense officials say a career officer with deep experience battling Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon has been selected as the country’s next military chief”[1], Fox News reports (massively quoting  a piece of news firstly published by the Associated Press). One day later, on November 29, Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli “Defense Moshe […]

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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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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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Policy Brief No.58: Butchery in Jerusalem – two Palestinians killed four rabbis in a synagogue

Butchery in Jerusalem

Two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers “killed five people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday [November 18] before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city”, Reuters reports. Eight other Israelis were wounded, Al Jazeera reports. Four of the dead were rabbis (three holding […]

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Policy Brief No.57: U.S. military readiness ‘degrades significantly’


“We aren’t modernizing as fast as we should in a highly competitive, technical landscape. Almost every element of our forced structure is shrinking while potential threats expand”, Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff declared on November 15. He also said that “procurement of new weapons had slowed, even as escalating […]

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Policy Brief No.56: Rosetta mission reaffirms EU’s power potential


On November 12, 2014, the Rosetta space mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) succeeded the first soft landing in the history of humanity on a comet. Previously, the mission succeeded another big “first”: it was the first to rendezvous with, and then orbit, a comet. Beyond the ‘space archeology’ allowed by the mission (comets […]

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