Policy Brief no.79: Large Russian and Chinese joint naval exercise in the Sea of Japan

Less than three days ago, on August 20, 2015, a large joint naval exercise, involving Russian and Chinese forces started in the Sea of Japan, and off the coast of Vladivostok. The Washington Times is reporting that six helicopters, five fixed-wing combat aircraft, 21 pieces of amphibious equipment (which means combat ships – Xinhua is […]

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Opinion no. 27: A desperate attempt to break diplomatic isolation: Kim Jong Un’s first official visit will be to Moscow


“Kim Jong Un might be ready this year to come out of his cave a bit”[1], affirmed the North Korea expert John Delury[2], cited by The Washington Post, on January 14, 2015. After three years of almost complete diplomatic isolation, North Korea’s leader decided to stage his first official visit to Moscow, by accepting the […]

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Opinion no. 24: Japan’s defense budget to be increased by almost 3 %


For the third consecutive year [1], Japan’s defense budget is increased (2.8 percent over the previous fiscal year) till 4.98 trillion yen (i.e. 42 billion $) [2]. This is the largest ever defense budget in Japan and it will raise the defense expenses for the fiscal year which starts in April till 5% of Japan’s […]

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Opinion No.19: Southeast Asia is seeking a new regional stability through balancing trends


In August 2014, the analysts from The Economist predicted the year 2021 will be “the year of China’s re-emergence as world’s biggest economy”[1], “when China’s economy will overtake America’s”[2]. They even created an algorithm calculator that uses real GDP growth, inflation and monetary appreciation data in order to generate forecasts regarding the evolution of US […]

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Opinion No.17: Some brief comments on the recent elections in Japan


“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition cruised to a big election win on Sunday [December 124], ensuring he will stick to reflationary economic policies and a muscular security stance”, Reuters reported, late in the evening, on December 14. The same open source also reported „NHK public TV said Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and junior partner […]

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Policy Brief No.66: Clear geo-strategic meaning of the sites selected by the Pentagon for F-35 maintenance facilities


“In the European region, F-35 initial air frame MROU [Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade] capability will be provided by Italy by 2018,” Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told reporters on December 11, DoD News reports. Bogdan is the Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office in Arlington, Virginia. On […]

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Policy Brief No.63: Brazil and China successfully launch CBERS-4 satellite


Brazil and China successfully launched on Sunday, December 7, 2014, the CBERS-4 satellite at 1:26 a.m. Brazilian time (03:26 UTC) from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China, 700 km from Beijing, informs Defesanet[1]. The satellite entered orbit 12 minutes after launch, and is now sending signals to Earth. CBERS-4 […]

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