Opinion No.22: Paris terrorist attacks ‘not associated to all the Muslims’, underlines Brazilian analyst


In an interview for Globo Sem Fronteiras on Januray 9, Brazilian Professor and analyst Fernando Brancoli underlines that the Paris attacks that shook the world in the previous days are not based on a point of view shared by the Muslim community as a whole. “The actions of the Islamic State are not actions associated […]

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Opinion no. 21: North Korea’s cyber warfare and U.S. sanctions

the interview

“On Friday [January 2, 2015], the White House announced a new round of sanctions on North Korea, but Senator Robert Menendez is demanding a stronger response.”[1], New Republic stated on January 6, 2015. Bloomberg added on January 2, “Senator Robert Menendez, the outgoing chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the […]

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News Alert no. 106: New high-speed sealift vessel joins the U.S. 6th Fleet


On January 1, 2015, a brief text posted on the Facebook page of the U.S. 6th Fleet[1], quoted on the official webpage of the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet reports that “USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) enters” the area of responsibility of the 6th Fleet “to support of Africa Partnership […]

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Opinion no. 20: Very troubled waters. Grim perspectives for the Arabian (or Persian) Gulf region


On December 29, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has published a peace of news listing the airstrikes launched, on that day, against Islamic State (ISIL) positions and forces in Syria and Iraq. The text states that “[international] coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands and […]

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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.18: A German scientist will lead the European Space Agency for the next four years


A few days ago, on December 18, 2014, the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Ing. Johann-Dietrich (Jan) Wörner as the next Director General of ESA, for a period of four years starting on July 1, 2015[1]. The event was not at all a ‚front page news’ for […]

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News Alert No.105: Update of Russia’s Military Doctrine

Vladimir Putin

On December 26, 2014, was adopted an updated version of the Russian military doctrine.  According to the updated military doctrine, the prevention of a nuclear war or any other type of conflict is core to Russia’s defense policy. “The prevention of a nuclear military conflict, as well as any other military conflict, constitutes the basis for Russia’s defense policy,” the doctrine reads according to Sputnik […]

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