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Policy Brief no. 81: Russia is strongly boosting its military presence in Syria

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Some U.S. intelligence analysts say that “Russia is preparing to insert combat aircraft into Syria”, possibly in order to launch airstrikes against the radical groups fighting against the Assad regime (which is an important regional ally of the Kremlin). We already know, the same open source is reporting, that “in a development that caught U.S. […]

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Policy Brief no.77: Russian Navy, under the pressure of international sanctions

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International sanctions “imposed for Moscow’s interference in Ukraine” are seriously slowing down the development of the Russian Navy; they “are blocking import of critical parts for warships”, and “at the same time an economic recession has lightened the nation’s coffers”, Stars and Stripes reports on August 2, 2015. The article we are commenting now is […]

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Policy Brief no. 75: Egypt and Saudi Arabia decide to create ‘joint Arab military force’

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“Egypt and Saudi Arabia have signed a pact in Cairo aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two Arab allies”, Al Jazeera is reporting on July 31, 2015. In a statement made public at the end of a meeting of very senior Egyptian and Saudi officials – President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi […]

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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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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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