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.
"With the Kremlin's concerns about finances, foreign intervention in Russia and dissenting social groups, this latest anti-corruption campaign is designed to shape the Kremlin's control over each, as the Kremlin faces a series of crises all at once," said Lauren Goodrich, senior Eurasia analyst at Stratfor.
“Rouhani has been facing rising dissent, not just from the traditional IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] camp, but from a large segment of the public that is growing disillusioned with his policy because they’re not seeing the level of economic relief they were promised,” said Reva Bhalla, the vice president of global analysis at the geopolitical intelligence firm, Stratfor.
“They’re saying there was no intelligence failure, but there was certainly a protective intelligence failure,” says Fred Burton, a former DS special agent and deputy chief for counterterrorism. “They appeared to have no indication these guys were coming over the wall.”
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.