"Of all the kings Saudi Arabia has had, King Salman’s ascension to the throne comes at the worst time in the history of the kingdom," Kamran Bokhari, adviser for Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs at Texas-based consulting firm Stratfor, said by telephone from Toronto. “He comes in with so many domestic and external challenges."
"Regardless of the technical and political purpose behind the decision to implement quantitative easing, and however defensible it is on its own grounds," Friedman writes, "the moral lesson is that Europe ultimately is a continent, not an idea."
"... effectively the Houthis are kingmakers. While they do not dominate Yemen, they control the largest piece of real estate and they are the single-largest group," said Kamran Bokhari, an adviser on Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs for Stratfor.
The important thing to remember about soft targets -- and amorphous, leaderless terror groups -- is that the threat is wide, but not deep, Stewart said. Many locations are vulnerable to attacks, but the attacks are small and few and far between.
Live interview with Stratfor's vice president of intelligence on "Shepard Smith Reporting" to provide commentary on the terrorist threat facing Europe in the wake of the recent Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.
"What began as a financial crisis evolved into an unemployment crisis and the austerity measures applied by governments across the continent have created a gap between the voters and the traditional elites, which explains the emergence of Euro-skeptic parties, nationalist parties and protest parties," said Stratfor Europe analyst Adriano Bosoni.
"These are not amateurs," Scott Stewart, vice president of tactical analysis at global intelligence firm Stratfor, told FoxNews.com. "Especially when you compare it to the [deadly, but amateurish lone wolf attack on Oct. 22, 2014] in Ottawa.These men were working as a fire team," he said.