Policy Brief No.20: Mistral deal with Russia: cancelled or simply on hold?

Mistral

On September 7, 2014,  Dr, Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) new Arms Transfers and Arms Production Programme, told Radio VR. that “The Mistral deal has not been cancelled by Paris so far and the delivery of the first ship has been made conditional to the achievement of a ceasefire […]

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Policy Brief No.19 : Annexed by Russia, Crimea is unable to cope with Russian sanctions against Ukraine

Crimea

Pravda wrote on September 5 that “the Crimean authorities sent an appeal to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, requesting permission for imports of Ukrainian agricultural products to the peninsula, because the Crimea, for the time being, is unable to fully provide itself with milk, dairy products, sugar, sunflower oil and potatoes. Supplies from Russia […]

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Policy Brief No.18 : Significantly increased NATO presence in Eastern Europe, aiming to deter Russia

NATO

At the end of the NATO Summit in Wales, on September 5, the Alliance officially announced that its presence in the Baltic region (Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and in the Black Sea area (mainly in Bulgaria and Romania) is going to quickly become stronger, on rotational basis. New military units (belonging to land forces, […]

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Policy Brief No.9: Somalia: Successful US military airstrike against the al-Shabaab extremist network

A stronger US involvement in Africa

Update, September 6, 2014: On September 5, 2014, Read Admiral John F Kirby, the Pentagon’s spokesman, declared that the US “have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al-Shabaab, has been killed”, in the aftermath of an American attack which took place on September 1; Kirby also mentioned that “removing Godane from the battlefield is […]

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Policy Brief No.17: EU postpones new sanctions for Russia, at least for the time being

Russia Sanctions

After a waiting for an entire week, EU may refuse today to impose new sanctions against Russia. The decision to impose sanctions will be delayed for 72 hours to one week, to make sure that Russia is taking steps to solve the conflict in the Ukraine. The European Union is set to agree new economic […]

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Policy Brief No.16: British Prime Minister Cameron speaks about new global role and new global capabilities for NATO

NATO

In his openings remarks at the NATO Summit in Wales, British Prime Minister David Cameron said, on September 5, he hopes the Alliance will accept the idea of organizing and using “a multinational spearhead force able to deploy anywhere in the world in just two to five days”, CNN reports[1]. “Anywhere in the world” clearly […]

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Policy Brief No.15 (b): Russia is ready to implement heavy-handed Internet censorship

Russia Internet

Putin may install the Internet censorship in his country, Reuters correspondent in Moscow, Alissa De Carbonnel reported on September 4.[1] “Bloggers with more than 3,000 followers must comply with tough rules governing media and since February, authorities have been able to block websites without a court order; the sites of two leading Kremlin critics were […]

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