Policy Brief no. 34: U.S. is regarding Ebola as being a strategic threat and starts deploying to Africa strategically significant military assets

Ebola USA strategic threats

On September 19, the U.S. Embassy in Liberia and AFRICOM (the U.S. Africa Command) officially declared, together with the Federal Government of Liberia, that “a C-17 U.S. military aircraft arrived in Liberia Thursday [September 18] with the first shipment of increased U.S. military equipment and personnel for the anti-Ebola fight, which was promised by President […]

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Policy Brief No.33: New bill in the Duma, limiting the share foreign businessmen can invest in Russian media companies to only 20 %

Russia media

On September 17, 2014, representatives of the three factions in the Russian State Duma introduced a bill aimed at limiting the maximum possible capital share of foreign investors in media companies to only 20%. Under the current law, foreign ownership limit of TV and radio companies is set at 50%, and this restriction does not […]

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Policy Brief No.32: Foreign Politics Under-debated in Brazilian Electoral Campaign for Presidency

Dilma Rousseff

On September 18, the current Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff temporarily suspended the divulgation of her electoral program for the presidential elections to be held in October, after reaching a deadlock with several wings of her Workers’ Party (PT) who defend contrary positions on various issues[1]. Looking at the dynamics of presidential agenda-setting in foreign policy, […]

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Policy Brief No.31: The U.S. might use troops in Iraq in ‘combat missions’ again. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff almost openly contradicts the White House


U.S. General Martin Dempsey, the acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) told the notoriously influential Senate Armed Services Committee that it is possible  “that U.S. troops advising and assisting Iraq’s military could be deployed to fight”, CNN reported on September 16. During a testimony before the Committee, Dempsey said: “To be clear, […]

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Policy Brief No.30 : Russia – Japan: a relationship with ‘ups’ and ‘downs’

Russia Japan

On September 15, Japanese Nikkei newspaper announced that Japanese Navy and the Russian Pacific Fleet will jointly hold search and rescue exercises, most probably in late September near Vladivostok. Joint exercises between the two countries take place on a regular basis since 1998[1] but this year they have a deeper meaning because contacts between Russia […]

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Policy Brief No.29 : Important U.S. allies in Europe, hesitant in offering help to Washington’s efforts aiming at forging a coalition to fight the Islamic State

Shi'ite fighters from Mahdi Army

Both some Western and some Middle East allies of the U.S. are clearly hesitant in offering serious help to American efforts aiming at forging a regional coalition able to stop, and later on to defeat the Islamic State (ISIL), Reuters reports on September 13. On September 12, in Ankara, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry […]

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Policy Brief No.28: Islamic State (ISIL), the ‘most sophisticated’ terrorist organization in using social media

ISIL social media

According to a text published by Time.com on September 11, 2014, “terrorists love Twitter. That includes the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Sunni Muslim extremists whom the U.S. is targeting in an expanded military campaign. ISIL has emerged as the most sophisticated group yet at using the service to spread its […]

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