Policy Brief No.55: Islamic State propaganda – risks and implications


According to an article published in The Wall Street Journal on October 24, by former Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joseph Lieberman and Christian Beckner, the deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University, the Obama administration has no strategy in place to counter the sophisticated online propaganda ISIS is directing […]

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Policy Brief No.54: Along the past two months, the strategic partners of the U.S. in the Middle East carried out only a few dozen airstrikes against ISIL


A medium-sized media report published on October 24 by Channel NewsAsia (which quotes AFP) indicate that, along the past two months, the regional strategic partners of the U.S. in the Middle East offered only a very limited contribution to the military effort against ISIL. Starting with August 8, an international coalition including both Western powers […]

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Policy Brief No.53: More than $11 billion for India’s armed forces along the next 10 years, in order to buy new submarines and antitank weapons


Indian government is ready to invest Rs 70,000 crore (a figure which means 11.2 billion US dollars) along the next 10 years in order to boost two major projects aimed at significantly strengthening the armed forces of the country, The Times of India reports on October 23. The open source we are quoting here is […]

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Policy Brief No.52: Possible Russian secret operation in Swedish waters; former SACEUR suggests the Alliance might offer help to Stockholm


On October 21, 2014, United States Naval Institute (USNI) News published an article stating that “the mystery submersible spotted in Swedish waters near Stockholm on Friday [October 17] could be one of a handful of Soviet-era midget submarines operating from a mother ship in the Baltics and not likely a larger Russian Navy submarine”. Since […]

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Policy Brief No.51: Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force launch the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport aircraft, significantly boosting Brazil’s airlift capabilities


Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) are to formally roll out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport aircraft, on October 21[1]. The ceremony is set to take place at the Gavião Peixoto facility, in the State of São Paulo, where the model is being produced. The agreement between the FAB and the […]

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Policy Brief No.50: To catch a wolf you need a wolf: Information theft and manipulation through false accounts


According to an article published on October 21 by NBC News, “undercover FBI agents or informants first identified or connected with the suspects via social media in at least four cases, using fake social media identities to engage them and, in one significant case, possibly engaging in ‘catfishing’[1] by luring him into a personal relationship […]

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Policy Brief No.49: Islamist attacks in the north-eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo, signaling a possible Jihadist offensive in East and Central Africa


On October 18, 2014, BBC[1] reported an Ugandan Islamist group (the Allied Democratic Forces –ADF) could be responsible for the last three days of attacks on civilians in the area around Beny in northeastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that have resulted in 46 deaths. These recent events continue a series attacks started […]

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