China: Embracing Africa, But Not Africans

The next step for Beijing in its Africa relations is better people-to-people relations. By Paul R. Burgman Jr. January 29, 2015 From January 10-17, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on a five-nation African tour to promote friendly relations between Africa and China, and to continue a Chinese government tradition of making the African continent…

Russia Is Reinforcing 3 Crucial Geopolitical Frontlines

Jeremy Bender, provided by   Published 6:45 pm, Sunday, January 18, 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on a new military doctrine for the country on Dec. 26 last year. The new doctrine, beyond explicitly stating that NATO’s expansion was the main external threat facing Moscow, calls for reinforcing three geopolitical fronts that Russia sees as…

Sex, Politics, and Putin

5 January 2015 If you’d like to know one of the reasons for Vladimir Putin’s phenomenal popularity in Russia, pick up Clark University Professor Valerie Sperling’s excellent new book, Sex, Politics, and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia. Putin’s actual accomplishments are few. He dismantled democracy and muzzled the media. He constructed a fascistoid regime and…

Libya Dawn will not recognize Libyan visas issued in Malta by Thinni/HoR ‘’embassy’’

By Libya Herald staff. Malta,  4 January 2015: The Libya Dawn Salvation government based in Tripoli, supported by the GNC and Misrata-led militias, will not recognize Libyan visas issued by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR)/ Abdullah Thinni recognized embassy in Malta. Malta currently has two Charge d’Affaires purporting to be the sole and official…

Arctic Move: Russia Gets Its Own NORTHCOM

  September 12, 2014 In an important sign of Russia’s increasing militarization of the Arctic, a development with troubling implications for several NATO countries, the Kremlin has announced the establishment of a new military command that will be responsible for the country’s north and the Arctic sector. As reported in the Moscow daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta,…

The weekly briefing, 8 September 2014: Al-Shabaab leader killed in US drone strikes, ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels, Russian ships depart to reopen Arctic naval base, and more

Source: Intelligence unit Published: 8 September 2014 Filed: 8 September 2014   These briefings are produced by Bradburys Global Risk Partners in collaboration with Open Briefing. This week: Africa: Al-Shabaab leader killed in US drone strikes in Somalia.­ Americas: Government reshuffle in Venezuela indicates economic and political paralysis. Asia and Pacific: Japanese and Indian prime…

Russia and the SCO Military Exercises

Russia may be putting aside its reluctance to accept the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s growing clout in Central Asia. By Joshua Kucera August 28, 2014 The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is holding its biggest joint military exercises ever, as Russia seeks to strengthen ties with China in the wake of its collapsing relations with Europe and the…