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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News Alert No.101: Vital U.S. allies are strongly criticizing the CIA for brutally interrogating terrorist detainees after September 11, 2001

CIA interrogation, CIA techniques

Several vitally important allies of the United States severely criticized the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for using brutal interrogation techniques (usually called torture) against terrorist detainees, CNN reports on December 12. British Prime Minister David Cameron strongly condemned torture while in Turkey, saying: “Torture is wrong. Torture is always wrong. Those of us want […]

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Policy Brief No.65: Increased Russian-Indian cooperation helps Moscow overcome international sanctions


“Even if India’s options have increased, Russia remains our most important defence partner”, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, speaking about some of the most important consequences of President Putin’s visit to New Delhi, Reuters reports on December 11. At this very moment, Reuters also reports, “Kremlin grapples with a sliding oil price and an […]

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Policy Brief No.64: Massive attempt to revive effectiveness of Iraqi military forces


A massive – and almost desperate, frankly speaking – attempt to restore combat effectiveness of the armed forces takes place in Iraq, Aljazeera reports on December 11, 2014. The news agency is stating that  “Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi’s campaign to purge the country’s security forces of corrupt commanders and ‘ghost soldiers’ should have a […]

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Opinion No.14: Increased Russian presence in Ukraine since January 2014


The following article will present a method to detect the migration of a certain population to a specific area (or the more or less covert operations of military forces across national borders). Case study:  Russian presence in Ukraine Tool: Google Keyword Tool Idea: Migration of a large number of persons in an area with a different language […]

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

azar nafisi

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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