France is caught between political pressure and economic need in its handling of a contract to provide Russia with two amphibious assault ships.
The Mistral-class assault warship Sevastopol, the second of two Mistral-class vessels, is docked Nov. 21 in the western French port of Saint-Nazaire after being taken overnight from its dry dock.(GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)
Oil is “the most geopolitically important commodity,” said Reva Bhalla, vice president of global analysis at Stratfor, an advisory company in Austin, Texas. “It drives economies around the world” and is located in some “usually very volatile places.”
“When militaries are dealing with enemy networks, you find that no single personality is the sole keystone of that network … taking a key personality helps you in the short run but what you need to do is consistently take out leadership," said Paul Floyd, military analyst at the global intelligence firm Stratfor.
There are only three sectors that matter much to Russia's political elite—military weaponry, banking and energy—and the U.S. and Europe are hard-pressed to find new ways to penalize those industries in ways that aren't overly drastic, according to Lauren Goodrich, senior Eurasia analyst at global intelligence and advisory firm Stratfor.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will stay in Vienna to continue negotiations over Iran's nuclear program instead of returning to Tehran for consultations, as was previously planned, RIA Novosti reported Nov. 21, citing an unnamed Iranian source.
Israel has proposed that EU countries invest in a multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline to reduce Europe's current dependence on Russian supply by purchasing from Israel, Times of Israel reported Nov. 20.
Millions of undocumented immigrants, including those with children who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, will be given work permits and will not be targeted for deportation, U.S. President Barack Obama said in televised speech Nov. 20, National Public Radio reported.
The Sweden Democrats party is considering blocking the country's draft 2015 budget proposed by the center-left governing coalition over concerns that more funding will be directed toward immigrants, Svenska Dagbladet reported Nov. 19.
A draft bill to allow the commercial use of hydraulic fracturing — a method of natural gas extraction — is in development and should be presented to the German parliament before the end of the year, if strict environmental rules are met, FAZ reported Nov. 20.
The United States would violate international agreements and destabilize the situation if it supplied weapons to Ukrainian forces, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said, Reuters reported Nov. 20.
Delegates from the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana, Cuba said they will release Brig. Gen Ruben Dario Alzate, who was taken prisoner last week, under certain conditions, a statement on an official FARC website said Nov. 19.