12 Sep 2018

Russia’s scramble for influence in Africa catches western officials off-guard

“Russia is engaged in a frantic new scramble for influence in Africa, which is being spearheaded by a rash of military cooperation and arms deals signed across the continent in 2018. The most recent – an agreement for a planned Russian logistics base in Eritrea, which would give it access

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10 Sep 2018

Pentagon, White House consider military strike options on Syria

Trump will have a range of strike options to choose from, as the Pentagon prepares potential kinetic responses to the Syrian government’s threatened use of chemical weapons in Idlib. The American position in the country vis-à-vis Russia and Iran has remained tense, and the use of chemical weapons, plus any

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06 Sep 2018

Senate Quandary: How to Sanction Russia Without Harming Europe

As the U.S. seek new sanction options against Russia, an important obstacle has emerged: the unintended impact new sanctions would also have on European allies reliant on Russian gas imports. With an already-rocky relationship, lawmakers are hesitant to add a new source of difficulty. “I would not support sanctions against

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06 Sep 2018

Russia launches airstrikes in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib

Russian jets struck several targets connected to an al-Qaida affiliated group in the Idlib province of Syria. The targets included a weapons depot and drone launch pad. Russia has stated that they have shot down dozens of hostile drones in the area, suggesting an uptick in their use by these

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04 Sep 2018

Russia, U.S. Are In a Military Exoskeleton Race

Current exoskeleton technology is lacking in many key areas that prevent its practicality, but some areas have enabled its effective use in limited areas. A report on the topic notes that “The current state of technology still does not have sufficient power to manage the intense load-carrying capacity that the SOCOM TALOS suit

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04 Sep 2018

Russia’s Sergey Lavrov confirms plans for logistics base in Eritrea

“Russia is joining the list of nations intent on establishing their foothold in the Red Sea. In a meeting with Eritrean leaders on Friday (Aug. 31), foreign minister Sergey Lavrov announced plans to establish a ‘logistics center’ at a port in the East African nation. Moscow didn’t specify the location

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31 Aug 2018

Trump considers pulling the US out of WTO

“US President Donald Trump said in an interview on Thursday that he was thinking about pulling the United States out of the World Trade Organization if ‘they don’t shape up.’ The president has often complained that the United States is treated unfairly in global trade, and has blamed the WTO for allowing

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31 Aug 2018

Kosovo premier warns border change with Serbia ‘would mean war’

“Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj has warned that any land swap with Serbia ‘would mean war’ and called on world leaders to swiftly quash an idea that he believes only boosts Russian efforts to destabilise the Balkans. Mr Haradinaj acknowledged that his stance puts him on a collision course with

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31 Aug 2018

Russia secretly finances news outlets in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia as part of information warfare

“The Russian government discreetly funded a group of seemingly independent news websites in Eastern Europe to pump out stories dictated to them by the Kremlin, BuzzFeed News and its reporting partners can reveal. Russian state media created secret companies in order to bankroll websites in the Baltic states — a

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30 Aug 2018

Washington Warns of Sanctioning India Over Russian Missile System

“The United States is refusing to rule out sanctions on India—a stated ally—if New Delhi goes through with a planned purchase of Russia’s new S-400 missile system this year, a top U.S. Defense Department official warned ahead of historic talks between the two countries next week. The S-400 ‘is a

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