Confidential

SADAT: Turkey’s Paramilitary Wings Take Flight in Africa

This Grey Dynamics African Intelligence Article analyses the SADAT paramilitary group, and the political de facto implications placed on Turkish-African relations and security amid an increase in cooperation between Turkey and African states. Turkey’s private military contractor, SADAT, has been…

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Grey Wolves: Turkey’s Shadow Network Facing Backlash in Europe

Grey Wolves was founded by Alparslan Türkeş in 1969, a former Turkish Army colonel, in what he described as a response to the country moving away from nationalist principles. Key Judgement  KJ-1. The Grey Wolves’ (Bozkurtlar/Ülkü Ocakları) ultra-nationalistic and Islamist…

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Turkish Defence
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Turkey’s Military Influence: Neo-Ottoman Expansion?

In recent years, Turkish defence and defence-industrial capacity has expanded in a significant manner. Hawks warn for Neo-ottoman expansion. A quick look at the SSB (the Presidency of Defence Industries) catalogue of available defence products show a wide range of…

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Confidential

Turkey and North Africa: An Intricate Network of Trade and Tension

In the Eastern Mediterranean, tensions are rising over maritime jurisdiction. This is not only bringing Turkey into an intensifying dispute with Greece, but also alarming officials in Cairo. An agreement with Libya declares a maritime boundary which would facilitate oil…

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Confidential

The Stability of Venezuelan Mines and the Venezuelan Regime

The Stability of Venezuelan Mines: Importance It was reported, according to the UN mission, that indigenous communities in the Bolívar and Amazonas region suffered systematic abuses from non-state and governmental actors. The presence of Russian actors in the south of…

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Confidential

Somalia and the Fight Against Al-Shabaab

Somalia is facing a period of chaos and insecurity. Not only because of its current political situation mainly linked to the upcoming elections but also because of the humanitarian crisis affecting the country. Key Judgments KJ-1.    The UN arms embargo…

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Confidential

Venezuela’s Gold: Erdogan’s El dorado and Maduro’s Salvation?

Turkey’s recent enthusiasm for Maduro is based on its interests which are not as geopolitical in comparison with those of Russia and China. Both countries sought to assert economic and political influence in the Americas. Economic and political ties between…

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Confidential

Plausible Deniability: Hezbollah in South America

Plausible deniability is the ability of people, typically senior officials in a formal or informal chain of command, to deny knowledge of or responsibility for any damnable actions committed by others in an organizational hierarchy because of a lack or…

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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…

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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…

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