Rebel fighters are increasingly targeting Syria’s infrastructure. They have seized a majority of the oil fields in the energy-rich Deir el-Zour governorate, and Assad’s forces now only control five oil fields, all west of the city of Deir el- Zour, the Austin, Texas-based geopolitical consulting firm Stratfor said in a report yesterday.
Bloomberg BusinessweekFriday, December 7, 2012 - 10:14
Robert D. Kaplan reminds us that other, more elemental factors are still often at play: mountains, rivers, even soil types. As he writes in his ambitious new book, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, topography and borders (or lack thereof) are inseparable from geopolitics -- from the "utterly porous" frontier fatefully linking troubled Afghanistan and Pakistan to the vast natural resources spanning China and Russia, whose proximity "commands a perennially tense relationship."
Foreign PolicyTuesday, December 4, 2012 - 10:32Featured Analyst: Robert D. Kaplan
One of our favorite foreign-policy experts, George Friedman of the private intelligence company Stratfor, weighed in on the matter with his usual idiosyncratic insights. First, he thinks that the Benghazi consulate-attack controversy has been blown out of proportion and become an outlet for Republican frustration over the party's poor electoral performance. Not that Friedman is particularly enamored of Rice as Clinton's successor. "She lacks the gravitas for the position that Clinton has in abundance," he argues. "Foreign leaders snap to attention when Clinton enters a room, and she allowed Obama to virtually outsource foreign policy to her. He won't have that luxury now, since his foreign policy bench is so thin."
Barron'sMonday, December 3, 2012 - 14:17Featured Analyst: George Friedman
The operation against the Spanish company highlights the problems Iran faces to exploit its nuclear technology, said Ben West, a senior analyst at Stratfor, an intelligence analysis firm in Austin, Texas.
"You need a lot of other technologies outside uranium enrichment, so you are going to see Iran trying to get all that," he said. "There are still plenty of options for Iran to get these materials," he added. "In countries like Turkey, sanctions are not enforced as strongly."
The Wall Street JournalWednesday, November 28, 2012 - 10:30
Stratfor Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Bhalla discusses the implications of Hamas' targeting of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, cities normally considered off-limits in the ongoing cross-border conflict.
CNNTuesday, November 20, 2012 - 10:30Featured Analyst: Reva Bhalla
George Friedman, founder and chief executive officer of Stratfor, explains why the new missiles that Hamas has acquired, which can reach areas around Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, are driving the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Bloomberg Radio's The Hays AdvantageTuesday, November 20, 2012 - 10:28Featured Analyst: George Friedman