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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News Alert No.97: Four Russian warships sail through the English Channel


“Four Russian ships left British waters after being escorted through the Straits of Dover from the North Sea by the Royal Navy warship HMS Tyne, the U.K. Ministry of Defence said in an e-mailed statement…, adding that all vessels have the right to transit through the area under international law”, Bloomberg reported on November 29, […]

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Policy Paper No.11: India – the fourth biggest military spender in the world by 2020


Two days ago, on November 27, 2014, a text published by The Diplomat estimated that “India consistently ranks as the world’s largest importer of arms” and also (quoting a recent IHS Jane report) that “India is set to become the fourth biggest military spender in the world by 2020, surpassed only by the U.S., Russia […]

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News Alert No.96: Brazil will install a Naval Mission in São Tomé and Príncipe in 2015


Brazil is to install at the beginning of 2015 a Naval Mission in São Tomé e Príncipe (STP), an archipelago on the western coast of Africa, Plano Brasil reported on November 27, 2014[1]. The decree, signed by the commander of the Navy, Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, establishes the tasks of the new military […]

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Opinion No.12: Liberty or Safety?


While it is virtually unknown in many parts of Europe, Uber[1] has become a household name in the US as well as many countries in Western Europe. A dynamic, hip company, ready to break established patterns, bring solutions that are innovative, community building, and flout conventions. Hence the surprise, when some time ago the online […]

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News Alert No.95: The price war over oil: a lose-lose situation for Russia


According to Bloomberg, on November 27, 2014, “OPEC decided in late November to keep its oil production unchanged, sending the price of oil to less than $70 a barrel for the first time in four years.”[1] The decision was expected as in the days before the OPEC meeting, Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said there’s […]

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Opinion No.11: Space debris is boosting tensions between Russia and the West


„Russia may be testing a satellite capable of chasing down other orbiting spacecraft”, Paul Rincon wrote for BBC on November 20, 2014[1]. This grim evaluation is connected to a story which started some months earlier. On May 23, 2014, a Rockot booster lifted off from Plesetsk cosmodrome (the main military cosmodrome of Russia), carrying three […]

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