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Reva Goujon on Russian Spy Ships

Speaking with Fox News, Stratfor VP of Global Analysis Reva Goujon suggests a spy ship seen near the U.S. coast is a sign Russia's Plan A is starting to backfire.

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Ecuador: Alianza Pais Candidate Leads Presidential Race, Exit Polls Show

Exit polls in Ecuador show Alianza Pais candidate Lenin Moreno leads with 42.9 percent of votes in the country's presidential election, teleSUR reported Feb. 19. Read more…

U.S.: SpaceX Rocket Launch Successful

SpaceX successfully launched a rocket Feb. 19 carrying a cargo ship for the International Space Station, BBC reported. Read more…

U.S.: Vice President Meets With Turkish Prime Minister

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that Washington was keen for a new start in relations between the two countries, sources in Yildirim's office said Feb. 19, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Senators Considering More Sanctions On Iran For Missile Tests

U.S. Republican Senators plan to introduce legislation to impose further sanctions on Iran, accusing it of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said Feb. 19 during the Munich Security Conference, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Security Forces Begin Offensive On Western Mosul

Iraqi government forces launched an offensive Feb. 19 to retake the western part of Mosul from the Islamic State, BBC reported. Read more…

U.S.: Iconic Jihadist Figure Known As The "Blind Sheikh" Dies In Prison

Omar Ali Ahmed Abdul-Rahman, known as the "Blind Sheikh," died in a U.S. prison Feb. 18, Al Arabiyah reported. Abdul-Rahman was an important figure in the global jihadist movement. Read more…

Ukraine: Germany, France And Russia Pledge To Back New Truce

Following Feb. 18 talks, the governments of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine have agreed to use their influence to enforce a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine beginning Feb. 20, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Vice President Reassures NATO Allies

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 18 and said that Washington's commitment to NATO is "unwavering" but that members needed to spend more on defense, Reuters reported. Read more…

UAE: U.S. Secretary Of Defense Arrives

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Feb. 18 to meet with U.S. diplomats, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Defense Minister Mohammed Al Bawardi, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Turkey Offers Two Raqqa Options To U.S. Military

The Turkish military submitted two proposals to U.S. counterparts at Incirlik air base Feb. 17 laying out alternative plans to retake the de facto Islamic State capital of Raqqa, Syria, Hurriyet reported Feb. 18. Read more…

Turkey: Bomb Targets Lawyers, Judges In Sanliurfa Province

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated Feb. 17 at housing for prosecutors and judges in the Turkish town of Viransehir, Sanliurfa province, near the Syrian border, Gov. Azim Tuna said, Anadolu Agency reported. Read more…

U.S.: NASA Drafting Contingency Plans For Space Station Access

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is developing contingency plans for sending astronauts to the International Space Station in case Boeing and SpaceX are certified to do so by 2019, according to a response included in a Feb. 16 Government Accountability Office report, Space News reported. Read more…

Norway: Sovereign Wealth Fund Changes Planned

The Norwegian government announced two proposals Feb. 16 to the management of the Government Pension Fund Global, Regjeringen reported. Read more…

South Korea: Hanjin Shipping Declared Bankrupt

South Korean giant Hanjin Shipping Co., the world's seventh-largest shipping firm, was officially declared bankrupt by a court in Seoul on Feb. 17, Yonhap reported. Read more…

South Korea: Samsung Heir Arrested

The vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, Lee Jae-Yong, was arrested Feb. 17 as part of the investigation into corruption and influence-peddling accusations that led to the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, AFP and Yonhap reported. Read more…

Iraq: Islamic State Claims Blast Killing Dozens In Baghdad

A large vehicle-borne improvised explosive device ripped through Baghdad's al-Bayaa neighborhood on Feb. 16, killing at least 48 people and wounding many more, Iraq's Interior Ministry said, Reuters and CBS reported. Read more…

U.S., Russia: Top Diplomats Meet In Bonn

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Feb. 16 on the sidelines of the G-20 foreign ministers summit in Bonn, The Guardian and the Washington Post reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: 18 Arrested For Ties To Islamic State

Raids by Saudi police led to the capture 18 suspects tied to the Islamic State group, according to a Feb. 16 Saudi Ministry of Interior statement, AP reported. Read more…

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2017 Annual ForecastFree

Long-term trends tend to quietly build over decades and then noisily surface as the politics catch up. Such is the case for 2017. Read more…