Policy Brief no. 82: Syrian rebels give notorious terrorist organization weapons delivered by the U.S. military

Syrian rebels are now trained and armed by the U.S., in order to fight against the Islamic state (ISIL / ISIS) forces

According to official U.S. military sources quoted by Reuters, “Syrian rebels trained by the United States gave some of their equipment to the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in exchange for safe passage”. The same open source is reporting that “the rebels surrendered six pick-up trucks and some ammunition, or about one-quarter of their issued equipment, […]

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News Alert no. 140: Top adviser to Khamenei says U.S. is to be confronted and rolled back by Tehran-led “resistance axis”

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According to official Iranian media, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to the Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that a “resistance axis” led by Iran, and including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and the [pro-Iranian forces in] Palestinian territories is “not only to fight against the dominance of foreigners in their countries”, but also […]

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News Alert no. 138: Yemeni forces capture Houthi rebels’ positions near Aden

Yemeni forces capture Houthi rebels

Yemeni forces loyal to the legitimate president of the country “have recaptured positions on the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into the southern port city, local officials said” on July 30, 2015, Reuters reports. The same open source says that “forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which […]

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News Alert no. 137: New massive U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia made possible: Iran is still generating major strategic concerns on the world arena


On July 29, 2015, Reuters is reporting that “The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of $5.4 billion in additional PAC-3 missiles built by Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon said”. The same open source is also stating that “the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the sale would benefit a key […]

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Policy Study No.4: Literary and Political Stakes in Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

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The paper attempts to analyze the ways literature may interact with its readers, the subtle way fiction interferes with reality. The example we take is “Reading Lolita in Tehran”, a controversial book mainly due to the articles of Hamid Dabashi intending to deconstruct Azar Nafisi’s memoir. We contend that Reading Lolita in Tehran shows poignant […]

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Policy Study No.3: China: Aspects of nuclear policy


Nowadays, China is one of the most (if not the most) important power player in the Asia-Pacific region. The remarkable rate at which Beijing’s economy is growing makes us wonder how long it will take before it surpasses the American one. Beyond the fact that it is one of the world’s leading powers (at least […]

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Policy Brief No.61: The new IDF Chief of Staff is facing massively difficult strategic risks and threats


On November 28, “Israeli defense officials say a career officer with deep experience battling Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon has been selected as the country’s next military chief”[1], Fox News reports (massively quoting  a piece of news firstly published by the Associated Press). One day later, on November 29, Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli “Defense Moshe […]

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