Alessandro Gagaridis

Alessandro Gagaridis is an open-source intelligence analyst specialized in international security and defense. He is currently the PACOM (Indo-Pacific) Team Leader at the Counterterrorism Group, a US-based intelligence and security company. He holds a master’s degree in Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution from Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). You can find more information on his personal website www.strategikos.it

Outlook 2021: A New Dawn for the European Union?


With Brexit now in the past, what will the future hold for the European Union?

Outlook 2021: US-Israel Relations


What will the new Biden administration mean for US-Israel relations?

Warfare Evolved: Drone Swarms

cc Flickr, modified, Greg Goebel, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The advent of drones may have revolutionized modern warfare, but the disruptions are only getting started.

Backgrounder: Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean Conflict

Santorini, Maggie Meng, CC Flickr, Modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/snowfish2014/14210200684/in/

Who is backing who in simmering geopolitical tensions over energy deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean?

Warfare Evolved: Quantum Radar

cc Flickr Air Combat Command United States Air Force, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – As a B-2 Stealth Bomber takes off, you can see the heat coming off the runway during the cold winter day, January 5. The B-2 is part of the 509th Bomb Wing arsenal of 20 stealth bombers with a conventional and nuclear mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Carlin Leslie)

The next great leap in radar technology threatens to render strategic standards like stealth technology and signal jamming irrelevant.

The Wagner Group: Intrigue, War, and Resource Extraction in Africa and Beyond

cc Flickr, Kevin Rheese, modified

After initial deployments in Ukraine and Syria, the African continent has become the main theater for Wagner Group operations.

Warfare Evolved: Hypersonic Missiles

cc Flickr Naval Surface Warriors, modified, PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 18, 2018) A Tomahawk cruise missile launches from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) during a live fire exercise, part of Valiant Shield ’18 in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 18, 2018. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces. This training enable real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Collins III)

Gauging the strategic impact of a new generation of missiles that defy all known manners of conventional interception.

NATO Nuclear Sharing: Why it Still Matters

cc Flickr Mussi Katz, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/mussikatz/49322865386/in/photolist-2i9uzuN-21ArVZs-2hrYSoE-WYyMKQ-21gStAP-21BBCnX-gv96az-2bgTqCU-2ggJFMf-dNQvq5-i5c9ba-Vvo9Tk-i5c95Z-dNQvay-i5bzPC-CSWEGd-dNQv9G-rj6SCD-2fMb4NM-7Qn9yC-7QiP5T-Ck6N8h-2g8LuHu-dNQvfq-dNJUeT-gv99iD-dNJUSV-dNJUkz-dNJUBZ-dNJUqP-dNJUAF-21BBDxc-dNQvwu-dNQvKY-dNJUNV-dNJUwz-dNJUHP-dNQvB3-dNQvJf-dNQvjG-dNQvDj-dNQvkC-dQhodn-dNQvxo-dNJUzk-21EXYuc-dNQvvE-WxJrVZ-dNJUui-29Y9ASF

Despite geopolitical landscape changes, one strategic dictum endures: the best way to avoid war is to increase its potential costs.

Backgrounder: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

RCEP Leaders Meeting in 2017, cc Presidential Communications Operations Office, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=RCEP&fulltext=Search&fulltext=Advanced+search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&advanced=1&searchToken=7pvr1qgz89c7ow1xz4fye3aaj#%2Fmedia%2FFile%3A2017_RCEP_Leaders%E2%80%99_Meeting_%285%29.jpg

In the RCEP trade agreement, governments across Asia have charted an economic future for themselves – one that excludes the United States.

‘QUAD of the West’ Forms against Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 26, 2020) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), not pictured, executes a passing exercise with Turkish Navy frigates TCG Barbaros (F-244) and Burgazada (F-513) in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 26, 2020. Winston S. Churchill is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa., modified, cc Flickr Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, https://www.flickr.com/photos/cne-cna-c6f/50271831981/in/photolist-2jAmhcP-2haMApM-2haNErD-2gaP4QR-2hD6juY-RH5CUJ-2bF67ti-VxBNes-2hGRkqA-HCFGuD-2hqdMu5-2gEg8cf-2gUiawX-2hDgcCX-SZ1JT1-2gaN4qq-2hqfRnp-2gVhEXN-2hGDfKh-2haMAkF-2hFdvj2-2hGn39m-znkBA5-2gUirnE-2hDctte-2haQaMz-2hFnDn3-H43vF2-2gaNDEb-2gaN4jh-2gWgQxW-2hrHEYA-2hqchm2-2g5ya9R-2hHNyyf-2hFoA2d-2haRtoR-2haRirw-2hmSiv2-2gaNhSi-BdTSWE-2hGy2zf-2gaNooQ-2h5oRbS-2hFnuSh-2ghxo1s-2g5DKwy-2hrMBEh-24qHQwD-2cRhAAQ

Turkish actions in the Eastern Mediterranean have mirrored China’s actions in the South China Sea. And they’ve begun to produce the same kind of geopolitical response.

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