Policy Brief no.69: Russia to deny foreign military superiority, according to bellicose propaganda

Russia modernization military superiority

On January 30, 2015, two senior Russian officials – Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces – have mentioned that Russia will deny any foreign military superiority. Quoted by Sputnik International, Shoigu said that “the task set by the president of not allowing military superiority over Russia […]

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Policy Brief no. 68: U.S. military advisers to be deployed near the front lines in Iraq, at Mosul

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A “senior U.S. military official” quoted by CNN said, on January 24, 2015, that U.S. military advisers already deployed to Iraq in order to significantly boost combat worthiness of Iraqi troops might be sent near the front lines at Mosul (the largest city in Northern Iraq and the largest city controlled by ISIL). Most probably, […]

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Opinion no 26: Some brief comments on Brazilian nuclear power plants and their role in shaping national power

(FILES) General view of the Angra 1 (R)

Brazilian nuclear power plant Angra 1[1] was resynchronized to the National Interconnected System (SIN) and started functioning again on January 20, 2015, at 16.46, local time, informs Eletronuclear Brasil[2]. Angra 1 had been automatically turned off in the afternoon of the day before, due to an electrical disturbance in the SIN, disturbance which had caused […]

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News Alert no. 108: India and Russia step up joint fifth generation aircraft development project just a few days before Obama’s visit

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The Times of India reports that on January 21, 2015, Manohar Parrikar, the Indian defence minister and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, “have decided to fast-track joint military programmes, including the proposed joint development and production of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA)”[1], a project that has known virtually no progress in the last few years. […]

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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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News Alert no.107: Japan approves largest ever defense budget

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On January 14, 2015, Japan approved its biggest defense budget ever for the next fiscal year. According to Business Insider[1], until March 2016, “Tokyo will spend 4.98 trillion yen ($41.97 billion)”; previously, the highest Japanese budget was the “4.96 trillion yen earmarked in 2002”. Part of the new budget will be spent on acquiring new […]

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Opinion No.23: New perspectives for a Korean dialogue – some ups and downs

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On January 1st, 2015, BBC News cited from the New Year’s speech of Kim Yong-Un as the North Korean leader “has offered to hold talks at the highest level with South Korea” and “if Pyongyang’s conditions were met, he would even be prepared to hold a summit meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye”[1]. This […]

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