Confidential

Zaslon: Russia’s Most Secretive Unit

What is Zaslon? Zaslon “Barrier or Screen” is Russia’s most secretive special-purpose unit within the Russian external security service, Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki (SVR). It roughly resembles the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)–also known…

  • [cbxwpbookmarkbtn]
Confidential

DP World: Emirati Expansionism in Africa?

Key Judgement The expansion of DP World supports UAE ambitions of controlling maritime commerce across a vast network. This links the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Military expansion near the Gulf is to secure these interests, as…

  • [cbxwpbookmarkbtn]
Confidential

Operation Gladio: An Introduction

This Grey Dynamics article explores the creation myth of the anti-communist NATO-allied project known as Operation Gladio, and the context behind why it was created – to prevent the post-World War II spread of communism across Europe using clandestine proxy…

  • [cbxwpbookmarkbtn]
Confidential

Djibouti Base: USAFRICOM vs. Chinese Influence in Africa

The US is in a decisive moment to influence the future of US strategic and geopolitical success in the region. By working from the Djibouti base and neighbouring East African countries. The US can simultaneously support economic and human development,…

  • [cbxwpbookmarkbtn]
Confidential

QUAD aka Asian NATO Revived as Hybrid War Intensifies

Even if the trade war de-escalates, it is unlikely that Chinese vs Australian bilateral relations will improve significantly. This article explores the breakdown of relations, revelations of Chinese intelligence operations in Australia, and the Quad. The outlook will be assessed,…

  • [cbxwpbookmarkbtn]

COVID-19 & UN MONUSCO

COVID-19 has likely not impacted the running of the MONUSCO mission in the DRC in a significant way presently. Key Judgements KJ-1. Previous logistical chains created for reacting to the previous Ebola epidemic will likely mean MONUSCO has a realistic probability…

  • [cbxwpbookmarkbtn]
Confidential

Ceuta and Melilla: Spain’s Overseas Territories in Morocco Disputed?

Political polarization in Spain has led to divisive comments which likely disrupt the status quo in Ceuta and Melilla. Despite president El Othmani placing both regions under the spotlight following the confrontations in Western Sahara, tensions over their sovereignty status…

  • [cbxwpbookmarkbtn]
Confidential

Impact of COVID-19 on the MINUSCA Mission

In this Grey Dynamics report, we will be focusing on the impact of COVID in the two areas above in the case of UN MINUSCA in the Central African Republique. “There is likely to be similarities in how officials go…

  • [cbxwpbookmarkbtn]
Confidential

Home Advantage for Prosperity: Botswana’s Diamonds & De Beers

This article seeks to examine the impact of moving, sorting and selling Botswana’s diamonds. Botswana is the largest producer of diamonds in Africa. Diamond already accounts for 80% of Botswana’s export earnings and 35% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP)….

  • [cbxwpbookmarkbtn]
Confidential

Cobalt: Big Tech & Child Exploitation in the DRC

Key Judgments KJ-1. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the highest exporter of Cobalt in the world. The artisanal (independent) mining sector surrounding this is open to exploitation. KJ-2. Children as young as seven are working in conditions that threaten…

  • [cbxwpbookmarkbtn]