July 7, 2016                            
Dossier: Sergei Sobyanin

Russian officials zero in on opportunities provided by Brexit vote


European leadership critical but lacking in aftermath of Brexit

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) has shaken Europe’s political establishment, a pointed rebuff to the political elites who for decades were largely successful in reigning in the 28 members’ national sovereignty over many issues.

As the Europeans debate how confrontational they should be in negotiating the British government’s exit from the EU, the weaknesses of Europe’s political leadership is likely to have dramatic impact on how the UK’s “divorce” from the union unfolds.

Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and Matteo Renzi.

Britain shares substantial political and security interests with its continental neighbors; the long-term reaffirmation of those interests would be a major plus for the West.

Showdown in the Pacific: Military tensions high on eve of key ruling
Major stakeholders in the South China Sea are rapidly deploying strategic assets to the region to prepare for a major military confrontation following a key ruling by a UN court. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague is expected to deliver its final ruling on a case brought up by the Philippines against China on July 12. China has vowed never to abide by the ruling as Beijing refuses to recognize the legitimacy of the court
East Asia Report
China's quiet space warfare launch poses threat to military satellites

Within hours of the Experiment 02 launch, China also sent into outer space a second space station module with its powerful Long March 7 rocket.

China’s first Long March 7 rocket is launched from Hainan Island. Xinhua

Inside Iran
U.S. intelligence spots training camps in Iran for Afghan fighters
Focus on Terrorism
Jordan widens crackdown on ISIL, social media 'sympathizers'
Technology Wars
Israel, U.S. synch missile defense systems in joint response exercise
Inside North Korea
GPS jamming signals from the North disrupted air traffic in S. Korea

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