Paulo Roberto da Silva Gomes Filho

Army Cavalry Officer, graduated from the Military Academy of Agulhas Negras, in 1990. He was commander of the 11th Mechanized Cavalry Regiment, in Ponta Porã / MS; instructor at the Military Academy of Agulhas Negras, the School for the Improvement of Officers and the Army Command and Staff School. Currently serves on the Ground Operations Command - RATE - in Brasília / DF. Published articles are of personal opinion. Does not speak on behalf of the Army. The ideas expressed here are the result of his professional experience and the studies he carried out.
World Defense Spending Continues to Grow, despite the pandemic
Americas, U.S

World Defense Spending Continues to Grow, despite the pandemic

O Presidente Biden acaba de enviar ao Congresso norte-americano sua proposta de orçamento de Defesa para 2022[1]. O documento propõe um orçamento de US$ 752,9 billion, um aumento em cerca de 1,5% em relação aos gastos previstos para o corrente ano. Em perfeito alinhamento com o previsto na Estratégia de Defesa[2] do país, lançada em 2018, na qual a guerra ao terror perdeu importância e a competição entre Estados passou a ser a principal preocupação da segurança nacional norte-americana, a proposta orçamentária pretende dotar as forças armadas dos recursos necessários para se contrapor às ameaças representadas por China e Rússia. A contenção à China recebeu especial prioridade. A iniciativa chamada “Pacific Deterrence Initiative”, ou Inciativa de Dissuasão do Pacífico, receb...
Another crisis in the Holy Land
Israel, Middle East, Palestine

Another crisis in the Holy Land

After weeks of escalating tensions, the most serious crisis involving Israelis and Palestinians is underway, since 2014. The world is following the press and the internet on the pyrotechnics of scenes of rocket explosions launched by Hamas against various Israeli cities and of the Israeli Defense Forces air and artillery bombings on the Gaza Strip.. Civilian casualties can now be counted in the hundreds. In addition to actions in the military field, the dispute for winning support, sympathies or allies is fought with ferocity, through, and people who observe from afar see themselves in the crossfire of the war of narratives, exposed who are undergoing serious analysis, but also pure advertising, often unable to differentiate one from the other. The bag...
How the British see their role in the developing world 2030 - and how they are preparing to exercise it
Africa, Americas, Argentina, Asia, China, Europe, Nigeria, HIM-HER-IT, OTAN, UK

How the British see their role in the developing world 2030 - and how they are preparing to exercise it

The United Kingdom has just released a document which I think is very important to read, fundamental even, for those who are willing to understand the game that the great powers are playing in the international arena. In him, revisions of integrated defense and security policies are presented, Britain's international relations and development[1]. The document has, in the introduction, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's vision for the United Kingdom in the year 2030. In summary, it is an optimistic view of your country's role in the world, who sees the UK as one of the most influential nations on the planet, with a strong economy and that, due to the emphasis on the adoption of scientific and technological innovations, will be better equipped to face an even more competitive world..
The rise of China, American hegemony and the Thucydides Trap
Americas, Asia, China, U.S

The rise of China, American hegemony and the Thucydides Trap

REUTERS / Jason Lee The impressive economic rise in China, especially in the past three decades, caused an imbalance in global power with unprecedented speed in history. In a blink of an eye, westerners and, in particular, the Americans, were introduced to a new reality: the United States of America was no longer isolated in the position of hegemonic power in the concert of nations. A China, now, he had become a challenger capable of threatening the leadership of the Americans, first economically and, then, keeping the current pace, militarily. Although the speed of events involving the current competition between China and the USA is unprecedented, the dynamics of a rising power challenging a dominant power is not. That already ...
The foreign policy challenges of the Joe Biden Government
Americas, Asia, China, U.S, Yemen, India, Will, Middle East

The foreign policy challenges of the Joe Biden Government

US President Joe Biden Upon completing his first month in office, President Joe Biden faces several challenges in international politics. The management of these challenges begins to reveal the new directions of the American foreign policy. Coping with the multiple issues surrounding the US / China relationship is challenged by the incredible complexity of the issues, in addition to the lack of consensus in the government and the Democratic Party on what should be the focus of the US relationship with the Asian giant. There is a majority that defends the end of permanent political confrontation and the effort to disassociate economies (decoupling, in English term), position held by powerful economic groups that maintain huge interests in China. At the same time, many members of the Dem party ...
The border issue between Venezuela and Guyana
Americas, U.S, Guiana, Venezuela

The border issue between Venezuela and Guyana

Map with the border between Venzuela and Guyana, with projection of the maritime area. Tension on the border between Venezuela and Guyana made headlines last weekend, due to apprehension, by the Venezuelan Navy, of the Guyanese fishing vessels "Nady Nayera" and "Sea Wolf". The chancelleries of the two countries exchanged protest notes. Guyana accuses Venezuela of having committed an “act of aggression” by seizing ships in Guyanese waters. Venezuelans responded that the seizure was legitimate, because it was carried out in waters under the jurisdiction of your country. The dispute predates the independence of the two countries. Since the beginning of the century 19, Spanish and British already disputed the positioning of the border between their colonies in northern South America. In 1835, with Venezuela ...
Chinese plans for the coming years 5 years
Asia, China

Chinese plans for the coming years 5 years

Chinese Communist Party meeting The Chinese Communist Party has just convened its Central Committee in a plenary session. The main objectives were to evaluate the results achieved at the end of the period covered by the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) and discuss the proposals that will appear in the 14th plan, for the period 2021 a 2025, in addition to goals for a longer term, up until 2035. Analysis of what has been released so far (official statement) offers a good clue as to how the leaders of the Asian country plan their actions for the coming years, in addition to indicating your expectations regarding the international context in which China will be inserted. More than that, the careful reading of the lines of the plan allows an even better understanding of the current moment of the regime..
Changes in Middle Eastern Geopolitics
Africa, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Will, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Middle East, Palestine

Changes in Middle Eastern Geopolitics

Arabs and Israelis have gone to war several times since 1948, year of Israel's creation. The recurrence of armed conflicts and the so-called Palestinian Question maintained the rivalry between them as the main geopolitical issue in the Middle East in the second half of the century 20 and at the beginning of this century 21. However, Recent events indicate that this situation is beginning to change. Within about a month, in agreements brokered by the US government, who were baptized “Abraham's Accords”, the governments of Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed treaties to normalize diplomatic relations between the two Arab countries and Israel. The two nations came together, in this way, to the group that until then was composed of only two other countries: Egypt and Jordan ...
The Pentagon report on China
Americas, Asia, China, U.S

The Pentagon report on China

Photo: National Historic Landmark Nomination The US built the most powerful war machine the world has ever known. And the whole army, to stay on top, need to know your possible enemies perfectly. By the way, this was already taught by the Chinese Sun Tzu, there is 2,5 a thousand years. The US Ministry of Defense has just sent Congress its annual report on China. It is the 20th edition of the study, which carefully analyzes Chinese Defense policies and strategies and tracks the material and doctrinal development of the People's Liberation Army (ELP). With 200 pages, the document finds that the PLA has been strengthened and modernized in almost all possible dimensions. There are some aspects, inclusive, where Chinese military capabilities already outnumber cover..
Lebanon tragedy
Israel, Lebanon, Middle East

Lebanon tragedy

Photo of the port of Beirut after the explosion 5/8/2020 (AP Photo / Hussein Malla) The violent explosion in the port of Beirut caused more than two hundred deaths and thousands of injuries. The region around the port was completely destroyed, but the effects of the shock wave wreaked havoc even tens of kilometers from the epicenter. After a moment of perplexity by the seriousness of what happened, the city was filled with protests in which the population, enraged at the authorities, accused of negligence, demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, what ended up happening on the last day 10 of August, only 6 days after the tragedy. The population's fury is explained. After all, everything indicates that the cause of the explosion was the combustion of 2.750 ton of ammonium nitrate, store ...