North Korea First ICBM is a Message for Diplomatic Talks?

On 4th July 2017, KCNA (the North Korean State Television) announced to have successfully tested its first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile ICBM, under the scrutiny of the leader Kim Jong-Un. "Our scientists and technicians have developed and successfully test-launched a new ICBM called Hwasong-14. The missile was fired vertically and did not threaten the safety of … Continue reading North Korea First ICBM is a Message for Diplomatic Talks?

Are you Looking at the Moon or the Finger?

"When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger" (Confucius) All of us are familiar with this old saying, old as history gets, old as our civilisations are. But we actually learn something from it? Are we sure it is applied correctly to our modern life? Especially when it comes to … Continue reading Are you Looking at the Moon or the Finger?

Here We Go Again: Syrian Deja Vu

The recent escalation in Syria, with the US attacking for the first time directly the Syrian territory, has taken many by surprise and confusion. To some commentators, is the sign of the unpredictability of Donald Trump, for others the continuous with a policy always directed to the change of regimes, for others more is the … Continue reading Here We Go Again: Syrian Deja Vu

India-US Relations: A common goal may not be enough

The relations between US and India have not always been easy but without doubt the two countries are increasingly looking at strengthening their partnership. Although they still maintain some differences, it is a common strategic interest that is bringing them together. Key recent developments include the rapid growth of India's economy and bilateral trade, the … Continue reading India-US Relations: A common goal may not be enough

South Korea’s Hyunmoo: A Guardian of the Northern Sky or its Destroyer?

On 1 October 2013, South Korea held an impressive military parade to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of its armed forces, seen by many as a visible warning to deter provocations from North Korea. During the parade, South Korea publicly displayed for the first time newly locally-developed cruise missiles: the Hyunmoo-2, with a range … Continue reading South Korea’s Hyunmoo: A Guardian of the Northern Sky or its Destroyer?

North Korea’s Nuclear Test: A Blast Into Reality

North Korea confirmed that has successfully carried out a nuclear test, sparking as usual wider condemnation around the world. The test was conducted underground and confirmed after seismic activity was detected at North Korea's nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, with a magnitude of 4.9 the US Geological Survey said. It is still unclear the exact data on … Continue reading North Korea’s Nuclear Test: A Blast Into Reality

North Korea’s Unha-3 Test: Scientific Achievement or Building a Deterrent?

After four attempts, North Korea successfully test fired a space booster and put into orbit its first satellite. The move, which sparked wide condemnation as a masked long range ballistic missile test, also shocked for the rapidity with which the poor country recovered from the failure in April 2012. On 12 December 2012, North Korea launched … Continue reading North Korea’s Unha-3 Test: Scientific Achievement or Building a Deterrent?