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  • MHI welcomes changes to Japanese export law

    Japan's biggest defence company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has welcomed Tokyo's decision to ease the country's long-standing ban on exports of locally made military equipment. MHI said in a statement on 2 April that the new guidelines, called the 'three principles on arms transfers',

  • Putin outlines future military developments in Crimea and Arctic

    Russian President Vladimir Putin set out development plans for the country's armed forces this year during a multi-service senior promotion ceremony on 28 March. Putin also stated that there is a pressing need to modernise military infrastructures in Crimea and to form new Interior Ministry and

  • Decline in political stability expected following Afghan presidential contest as unifying victor unlikely

    Key Points Presidential elections will be held in Afghanistan on 5 April. President Hamid Karzai's term bar means that there will be a new president for the first time since the United States-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, who will oversee the end of the international mission in the country.

  • Burkinabé president's re-election bid likely to continue despite allied party opposition, increasing risks of violent protest

    EVENT The main allied party of the Burkinabé ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress (Congrès pour la Démocratie et le Progrès: CDP) announced after its annual conference that it is totally opposed to a referendum on removing presidential term limits. The Alliance for

  • Country Risk Watch - April 2014

    Security crackdown will not stop anti-Maduro protests in Venezuela University students and civil society groups are likely to continue staging anti-government protests and roadblocks in Venezuela, despite incumbent president Nicolás Maduro's calls for dialogue. The protests, which Maduro has

  • Ukraine futures: borders, boundaries and sovereignty challenges

    Putin's violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and his attempt to annex Crimea is another stark reminder that the dimensions of the international system are not static and nor are they accepted by all for all time. Borders, boundaries and maps change and, more importantly for security and intelligence

  • OSINT Summary: Al-Shabaab leader releases statement in response to Somali offensive

    On 9 March, an audio statement from the emir of Somali militant Islamist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, Ahmad Abdi Aw Muhammad Godane (alias Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr), was posted on Somali jihadist websites. The broad theme of the message was a response to the seeming beginning of the

  • Ukraine futures: time for a NATO reboot

    Putin's foray into Ukraine has highlighted NATO's inability to deter and dissuade provocative activity on its borders and has raised fundamental questions about the Alliance's current and future role. For 20 years, NATO and the European Union have sought to take advantage of post-Soviet Russian

  • Chinese marines get first taste of cold weather training

    About 3,000 troops belonging to the People's Liberation Army Navy Marines (PLANM) were deployed together with their heavy equipment and vehicles to a training base in Inner Mongolia for winter warfare training, state media reported in late February. It was the first time a PLANM brigade had been

  • Spanish Army helicopters conduct first ever landing on US warship

    Spanish Army helicopters have landed on board a US warship for the first time, in an exercise on board USS Gunston Hall . The 16,195 tonne full load Whidbey Island-class landing ship dock (LSD) vessel was transiting the Strait of Gibraltar when the compatibility exercise took place at the end of

  • Ukraine futures: escalation or restraint?

    While the potential for escalation and miscalculation persists, an armed conflict between Russia and the United States or NATO in the Black Sea is highly unlikely. The stakes are simultaneously too high – a war would disrupt energy flows to Europe, upset financial markets, undermine diplomatic

  • Djibouti, China agree 'strategic partnership'

    Djibouti and China signed a "security and defence strategic partnership" agreement on 25 February, according to the Horn of Africa's Sabahi news service. Sabahi cited Djiboutian Defence Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh as saying he had signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart,

  • Risk of violence in Ukraine will rise substantially around Crimean referendum

    EVENT The local parliament in the Ukrainian region of Crimea today (6 March) voted to schedule a previously proposed referendum on 16 March to decide whether the autonomous republic should be integrated into the Russian Federation. The peninsula's residents will be asked whether they favour

  • Pentagon budget 2015: Army plans to drop three aviation brigades

    Key Points Active duty CABs would reduce to 10 while the Reserve components retain 12 A restructuring seeks to focus Reserve brigades on assault, lift, and medevac missions, and active brigades on attack and scout functions The US Army plans to reduce its active duty combat aviation brigades

  • Ukraine vs Russian land forces

    Russia's military capabilities, as illustrated by this comparison of respective land forces, are significantly larger and more capable than Ukraine's.

  • Egyptian military protects itself from civilian oversight and guarantees control over economic interests and security policy

    EVENT Interim president Adli Mansour on 1 March swore in a new cabinet headed by Ibrahim Mehlib, the former housing minister and senior figure in the now dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) from the era of former president Hosni Mubarak. Former prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi's cabinet

  • Peru cabinet reshuffle signals medium-term stability on economy and energy policy

    EVENT Peruvian president Ollanta Humala conducted a cabinet reshuffle on 24 February. The reshuffle included the appointment of Rene Cornejo, an engineer and mathematician who had been serving as minister of housing, as the new president of the Council of Ministers. Eight new ministers were

  • Suppression of protests suggests Algerian military and political elite are closing ranks before poll

    EVENT On 1 March 2014, a new pro-democracy movement, Barakat ("enough" in Algerian Arabic), announced its formation via Facebook and social media. Barakat rejects a fourth presidential term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, but has also said that he is not the sole problem, and that

  • Unbowed and unbroken - Somalia's Al-Shabaab emerges seemingly unscathed following internal purge

    Key Points The leader of Somali militant Islamist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, Ahmad Godane, presided over a major internal purge in mid-2013. In the process, Godane scattered a disparate but unified body of internal opposition, tightening his central command of the group. Al-Shabaab

  • UPDF Air Wing to move main base

    Uganda will begin moving its main air base from Entebbe International Airport just south of Kampala to Nakasongola in the centre of the country in March, the country's New Vision newspaper reported on 23 February. President Yoweri Museveni expressed his approval of the plan during an air force

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