Following his recent trip to Moscow, Stratfor's Founder and Chairman joined Fox Business for a live discussion on Russia's financial turmoil and Putin's mounting economic and foreign policy challenges.
"Iran’s trajectory is going up, and the Saudis are in trouble," says Kamran Bokhari, an adviser on Mideast affairs to the U.S.-based global intelligence company Stratfor. "The kingdom has major problems. It is in a multi-front struggle against Iran, the Shiites, Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and the Islamic State."
Stratfor's vice president of global analysis joined Bloomberg TV's "Bottom Line" for a discussion on Russia's mounting economic pressures, as well as other key geopolitical trends around the globe including U.S. nuclear talks with Iran and ECB President Mario Draghi's stimulus plan.
Ten prominent tribal leaders from Iraq's Anbar province plan to visit Iran to ask for military equipment for the fight against Islamic State militants, Tasnim News Agency reported Dec. 19, citing an interview in Al-Nahreen.
German chemicals group BASF SE and Russian natural gas giant Gazprom have decided against a natural gas assets swap that was planned for this year because of conflict between the West and Russia, Reuters reported Dec. 19.
U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation Dec. 18 that will freeze the assets and bar the visa applications of Venezuelan officials involved in crackdowns on demonstrators in Caracas and around Venezuela earlier in 2014, Reuters reported.
The European Union banned investment in the disputed territory of Crimea on Dec. 18, outlawing investment in Russian oil and gas exploration in the Black Sea and prohibiting European cruise ships to dock at Crimean ports, Reuters reported.
The European Court of Justice ruled that British citizens should be allowed to bring family members who are not EU citizens into the United Kingdom without a travel visa, as long as they are residents of another EU country, Sky News reported Dec. 18.
Russian President Vladimir Putin feels the pain the ruble's recent drop has caused for the average citizen but believes that his approval ratings are not directly tied to the currency's value, his spokesman said Dec. 17, Itar-Tass reported.