Policy Brief No.27: BRICS Bank – a recent initiative with an already significant impact on financial geopolitics


“The creation of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in emerging economies is a landmark achievement” – this is the opening statement of an article published on September 11 by the EastAsiaForum: Economics, Politics and Public Policy in East Asia and the Pacific. The text also says that […]

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Policy Brief No.26 : Key strategic directions and diplomatic efforts in fighting ISIL

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On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama stated that “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. […] That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten […]

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Policy Brief no. 25 : Israel shares intelligence data on Islamic State (ISIL), in order to help the U.S. air strikes

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A Western diplomat quoted by Reuters on September 8 says that Israel offered important intelligence support to the U.S., this way helping a lot the American air strikes against forces and positions of the Islamic State (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria. “We don’t comment on any assistance by us, or if there is such assistance, […]

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Policy Brief No.24 : U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice visit to China: several hot topics discussed, with mixed results

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Controlling the sea, a hot spot on the agenda While being on a three day visit to China, (aimed at preparing Barack Obama’s visit to the country in November this year[1]), U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice seems to have made a point out of underlining the fact that China should not proliferate a practice […]

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Policy Brief No.23: Australia’s new submarines – a strategic tool for ‘containing’ a growing China

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According to News.com.au, the next generation of Australian diesel-electric submarines could be made in Japan. The Australian Government may select the Japanese-built Soryu-class submarine to replace locally built Collins Class boats as the navy’s key strike weapon beyond 2030. The decision will be announced before the end of the year. German builder TKMS told a […]

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Policy Brief No.22 : Major security threat for both the U.S. and Mexico: 4 major Mexican drug cartels form an alliance

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Four major Mexican drug cartels recently formed an alliance, Breitbart News reported on September 8. Important leaders of these four cartels have recently met “in the city of Piedas Negras Coahuila”, in order to discuss the alliance. These leaders are “Omar (Z42) Treviño Morales, his right hand man who has only been identified as Z43, […]

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Policy Brief No.21: Hungary after the NATO summit: committed or ambivalent?


Following the 2014 NATO Summit, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán briefed the Hungarian press.[1] In his speech, the PM asserted, that the decisions made at the summit increased the security of Hungary by – as he put it – “translating the – insofar abstract – NATO guarantees in the popular language”. Further, he briefly mentioned the […]

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