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It can be difficult to separate the important from unimportant on any given day. Reflections mean to do exactly that - by thinking about what happened today, we can consider what might happen tomorrow.
Bogota is afraid it won't be able to pass the legislation before a new administration takes power next year.
Six members of the G-7 have decided to give the United States, the seventh member of the group of wealthy nations, more time to decide whether to continue supporting the Paris Climate Agreement or not, The New York Times reported May 27.
Summary: Stratfor has been one of the few geopolitical research shops that has seen the madness of our war in Afghanistan. So their new report deserves ...

Partner Perspectives are a collection of high-quality analyses and commentary produced by organizations around the world. Though Stratfor does not necessarily endorse the views expressed here - and may even disagree with them - we respect the ...
Jon Sather served as Stratfor's Chief intelligence officer from November 2015 to June 2016. He was responsible for driving the firm's global intelligence collection activity, and building further upon all source intelligence expertise for future growth ...
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has followed through with repeated threats to escalate the fight against Islamist militants in Mindanao.
What drives terrorism? By looking at the forces that influence trends in terrorist tactics, targets and tradecraft, attacks can be placed in context, enabling observers to anticipate the next evolution in terrorism.
At Stratfor, we use geopolitics to break down the constraints and advantages that geography confers on a country and the political, technological and economic decisions it compels.
A seven-month break in so-called freedom-of-navigation patrols by the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea is over, unnamed U.S. officials told Reuters on May 24.
Commitment was the dominant topic at the NATO summit in Brussels. Of particular note, the May 25 gathering was the first for U.S. President Donald Trump, who has frequently called for an increased commitment by NATO member states.
Jay Ogilvy joined Stratfor's board of contributors in January 2015. In 1979, he left a post as a professor of philosophy at Yale to join SRI, the former Stanford Research Institute, as director of research.
In fact, according to several Stratfor sources, Ortega is preparing to investigate high-ranking Venezuelan military officials for alleged human rights abuses.
Security crackdowns against Shiite opposition groups in Bahrain have intensified in the three days since Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim's was sentenced May 21 on charges of money laundering and illegal collection of funds.
The leaders of the European Union are breathing sighs of relief. elections in France and the Netherlands resulted in the defeat of candidates who threatened to upset European integration.

It can be difficult to separate the important from unimportant on any given day. Reflections mean to do exactly that - by thinking about what happened today, we can consider what might happen tomorrow.
It was a busy weekend for the Saudi military and political establishment, but a lucrative one to be sure. During U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Riyadh on May 20, the United States and Saudi Arabia signed an extensive arms package worth almost ...
After four months in office, U.S. President Donald Trump is beginning to hone his policy on the Middle East. As the weeks have worn on, his priorities for the region have started to emerge, and for the most part they seem to be focused on matters of ...
The Greek Parliament approved a new round of austerity measures late on May 18, in a move the government hopes will unlock its next tranche of bailout funds.
Brazilian President Michel Temer is once again under fire, this time amid reports that prosecutors have obtained recordings of him discussing hush money payments with a jailed associate.
China announced on May 18 that it had for the first time successfully extracted methane hydrates from cores drilled in the Shenhu area of the South China Sea.
This is the final installment in a four-part series exploring the underlying motivations behind China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative and the challenges that it will face.
Russia (has) began quietly laying the groundwork that would strengthen its ties to North Korea, thus increasing its global political leverage should it need it," analysts at political intelligence firm Stratfor explained in a May 5 report, referring to ...
Summary: All the western nations are experiencing similar stress from slow growth, cultural change, immigration - and political structures that no longer well fit their societies.
The UAE has also been building up a military presence in the Eritrean port of Assab, the US-based private intelligence firm Stratfor has said. satellite images show new construction at a once-deserted airfield, which Stratfor links to the UAE. It also ...
Summary: 2016 was the breakout year for cybercrime, a revolution largely ignored by journalists. Here Stratfor looks at one aspect that has gotten attention lately - hackers operating from Russia.
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Summary: Trump's big promises won him the Presidency, much as Obama's promises of "hope and change". Here is a second article by Stratfor looking at Trump's ability to do better than Obama at delivering on them. Will Trump fail gracefully, like Obama, ...
Stratfor, an Austin-based global intelligence agency, answers that question in its annual forecast for the next year. Rodger Baker, the agency's vice president of strategic analysis, says Stratfor looked at global trends and disruptors to those trends ...
Slowing economic growth in China, a more isolated United States, political uncertainty in Europe, rising oil prices and currency inflation are just some of risks facing the world in the new year, according to Austin-based risk analysis firm Strategic ...
Experts of the US private intelligence company Stratfor believe that in 2017 Russia will be able to change the balance of power in Eurasia.
Meanwhile new tools for cybercrime and cyberwar reshape the world. The FM website has covered these stories, puncturing the myths that fit them into a useful narrative for governments.
By Ian Morris at Stratfor on 7 September 2016. Are the barbarians at the gates? Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party, has no doubt that they are.
Tweet. 0. Share0. Embed. Link. CNBC. More on CNBC: 2 hours 19 minutes ago, CNBC. It's difficult to gain intelligence about potential attacks when lone Actors are behind them, Stratfor's Chief Security Officer Fred Burton explains. There are no comments ...
The latest OPEC meeting in Vienna reached an uneventful conclusion on Thursday. Compared with the December 2015 meeting, which ran well overtime, and an unproductive April meeting, Thursday's event was different - not in result (OPEC producers ...
Stratfor begins by emphasizing the fact that, while Bulgaria is "Europe's oldest country", it "spent seven of their ensuing 13 centuries" after appearing on the map of Europe under foreign control.
In addition, Iraq will have to face regional competition playing out in the country, as the rivalry between Iran and Turkey-backed militias will continue.
Early parliamentary elections cannot be ruled out in Ukraine if progress on economic growth and political reforms continues to elude the country, and it may return it to Russia's camp, according to Stratfor, the U.S.-based private intelligence company.
Summary: The monetary experiments central banks are running in Japan, Europe, and America will shape the global economy of the 21st century - no matter what the result.
Stratfor analysts shared their mixed feelings after the meeting of the Russia-NATO Council. The sides appear to have strong disagreements both on Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Ukraine could face another round of political tensions in the coming months despite recent changes in the government, the US-based intelligence assessment company Stratfor said in a report on Thursday. "A leadership change in ...
This was reported by Lauren Goodrich. Stratfor, Senior Eurasia analyst, in her interview with the Ukrainian news outlet 'Apostrophe'.
Does corruption limit China's growth, or pose a threat to its existence? Will China's Asian Infrastructure investment bank begin a New World Order?
The internationally-recognized analyst and reputed geopolitics expert, George Friedman, who founded private intelligence company Stratfor, has offered some frank and telling views on the role of NATO as well as shrinking European military might and its ...
Summary: Here Stratfor addresses one of the central myths of 21st century US politics - that the government should provide total security to its citizens, who happily trade away their rights in exchange for this chimera.
Stratfor: Europe's Chronic Jihadist Problem. Leave a reply. Summary: The pace of attacks suggests Europe's jihadist problem is growing worse.
More on CNBC: 2 hours 7 minutes ago, CNBC. The National League For Democracy (NLD) faces constraints as the military still has a strong hand in the government, explains Stratfor's Evan Rees.
Summary: Yet again we get rumors of serious peace talks in Afghanistan, as almost ten thousand US troops remain there (3 dead YTD).