Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Libyan parliament passes vote of no confidence in UN-backed government; Kurdish People's Protection Units launch major assault against Syrian government forces in Hasaka; violent clashes continue between police and pro-separatist protesters in Indian-administered Kashmir; and more.
Recent changes in personnel levels, coupled with equipment modernisation and operational experience, has made Russia’s elite airborne force (the VDV) an even more formidable force. As Russia shifts its gaze from perceived threats along its southern borders to those along its western ones, together with a fundamental shift to a military doctrine that once more sees NATO as the primary threat, the temptation to use the VDV as a military solution to political problems will likely only grow.
Political and security risk updates from the Open Briefing intelligence unit. President Nicolás Maduro averts ‘military coup’ amid political crisis in Venezuela, North Korea launches two missiles into the Sea of Japan prior to high-level talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin orders Arctic military development, and more.
A fortnightly series looking at how major events and issues are reported in Russian media. This week we examine the limited coverage of the reactions to the Crimean referendum of Russia’s immediate neighbours and so-called allies, former Soviet satellites and members of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Political and security risk updates from the Open Briefing intelligence unit. Removal of Bogota’s mayor threatens Colombia’s peace process, Ukraine signs EU partnership agreement as Putin signs annexation of Crimea, Russia holds large-scale military exercises along border with Finland, and more.