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Ronin News Weekly 25 Feb

1 (False) START Treaty: On Tuesday, Russian President Putin stated that Russia would withdraw from the nuclear START treaty it maintained with the US. The treaty in various forms acted as a safety valve between the US and Russia from the Cold War to current day. The cancellation will have some important consequences, namely that Russia plans to commence rebuilding its nuclear arsenal, despite historical […]

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Weekly 24 Feb 2023

Since his campaign for the Mexican Presidency, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (aka “AMLO”) positioned himself as the politician that would return Mexico’s wealth to the people, a populist position that he has slowly made good on. Mexico has a history of nationalizing key natural resources and infrastructure, such as Pemex, the state-owned oil company and the country’s largest oil producer. Thus, it is not surprising that next-generation minerals and other resources that support technology, especially green technologies, would

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Weekly 17 Feb 2023

1 Media outlets around the world continue to highlight the likelihood of a major offensive by Russia against Ukraine in the coming days and weeks. As the war approaches its one- year anniversary – for a fight that was anticipated to last days – Russia’s reputation and future goals are on the line A key industry for Russia has traditionally been its military material manufacturing

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Insights Weekly 10 Feb 2023

The Wagner Group, founded in 2014, is a Russian private military company that deepens Moscow’s ability to engage in military conflict abroad, meddle in and exploit the developing world, conduct in influence operations, and undercut US interests. The once- shadowy organization has now come into the spotlight for its role in augmenting Russian forces in Ukraine, and its support for authoritarian leaders gives Moscow influence and access to natural resources and mineral wealth in Africa and Latin America. Yevgeny Prigohzin, a former

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Weekly 10 Feb 2023

The Wagner Group, founded in 2014, is a Russian private military company that deepens Moscow’s ability to engage in military conflict abroad, meddle in and exploit the developing world, conduct in influence operations, and undercut US interests. The once- shadowy organization has now come into the spotlight for its role in augmenting Russian forces in Ukraine, and its support for authoritarian leaders gives Moscow influence and access to natural resources and mineral wealth in Africa and Latin America. Yevgeny Prigohzin, a former

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Iran in Latin America Feb 2023 Insights

Recent media reporting of Iranian military activity in Latin America raises serious concerns for the United States and its interests in the Western Hemisphere. Iranian-managed Hezbollah has operated in South America for decades, rarely drawing significant overt attention to their activities. But pending docking of Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) naval vessels in Brazil and their passage through the Panama Canal signals an Iranian aggression never before seen in the Western Hemisphere. Should IRGC seek to maintain a presence in Latin America, it is likely that they will desire to conduct a wide range of business activities, facilitate the sale of military weaponry to

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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC): A Dark Web of Business and Investment

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is the predominant economic entity inside Iran; it controls an estimated one-third of the entire Iranian economy. The range of its economic activities abroad are more difficult to measure because most are probably intended either to illicitly support Iranian weapons programs or evade Western sanctions. The IRGC’s control of a significant portion of Iran’s domestic economy means any direct investment in

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Response to Query on a Fox News Article

https://www.foxnews.com/world/warning-sign-irans-military-reportedly-sending-warships-brazil-panama-canal-challenge-us Tehran, looking for a way to appear to challenge the United States and score propaganda points internationally, has sent two navy ships on an official visit to Latin America and, eventually, the Panama Canal area. The Fox News article from 1 February corroborates other press reporting about the movement of two Iranian warships into the Atlantic Ocean for

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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: Background and Operational Partnerships

The Port of Singapore is a vital part of the country’s economy and key piece of physical  infrastructure. The port is currently ranked second busiest by cargo tonnage, behind  Shanghai, with approximately 1,000 ships in port at any given time. It directly connects  with 600 other global ports in 120 countries, making it a vital part of the world’s logistics system. An estimated 130,000 vessels stop in Singapore each year, highlighting  its role as a transshipment point – which could pose significant problems if the port ever  faced a major disruption.

Rising tensions rising between the West and China, make understanding the role of the  Port of Singapore important for business leaders who may wish to diversify logistics  routes prior to or during a conflict in Southeast Asia.

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Background on the Wagner Group and Its Role in Venezuela

Executive Summary The Wagner Group, founded in 2014, is a Russian private military company that deepens Moscow’s ability to engage in military conflict abroad, meddle in and exploit the developing world, conduct in influence operations, and undercut US interests. The once- shadowy organization has now come into the spotlight for its role in augmenting Russian forces in Ukraine, and its support

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