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Russia’s handling of recent security challenges demonstrates its military capabilities are in no state to cope with invasion and sustained warfare, despite the Kremlin’s huge spending on upgrading its forces. This reflects poorly on the outcome of the military reform designed to create modern ‘permanent readiness’ units. Russia may be a force to be reckoned with ag...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
The strategic energy ellipse is one of the hottest geopolitical regions in the world - home to vast reserves of oil and gas and stretching from western Siberia to the Arabian Peninsula. Critically, Iran and Iraq are at its centre. As Russia eases out of the picture as the main provider of energy to Europe – several others are looking to take its place. The axing of...
Dr. Friedemann Mueller
With the spectre of the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011 still raw in the minds of Japan’s population, there is concern whether the country’s new Strategic Energy Plan will give the public confidence that the country is moving towards safe energy options. The plan reduces the emphasis on nuclear power and focusses on the emerging renewable and clean energie...
Dr. Stefan Lippert