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The Geopolitics of Bavaria

The German region's strong sense of identity and desire for autonomy complicates its relationships with larger powers, including Germany. Read more…

Islam, Secularism and the Battle for Turkey's Future

An intense internal power struggle in Turkey influences virtually every decision reached in Ankara's halls of power. Though the country's identity crisis will not be resolved by this power struggle, the battle lines will define how the country operates for many years. Read more…

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A Coup as Audacious as Turkey's Future

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It Takes a Village to Stop a Lone Wolf


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Scott Stewart on Brazil Terror Arrests

Stratfor VP of Tactical Analysis Scott Stewart tells Reuters these seem to be pre-emptive arrests that have the potential to disrupt other groups who may be plotting attacks.

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Fred Burton on Attacks Against Police

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Reva Goujon on Putin-Erdogan Meeting

Following the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, Stratfor VP of Global Analysis Reva Goujon tells Newsweek that presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin will have much to discuss when they meet in Russia next month.

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Turkey: Kurdish Militants Attack Police In Eastern Turkey

Kurdish militants attacked a police checkpoint in the eastern Turkish province of Tunceli overnight, killing one police officer and wounding two others, the provincial governor's office said July 24, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Government Open To More Peace Talks, Foreign Ministry Says

Syria's foreign ministry said July 24 it was ready for further peace talks with the opposition and that it was intent on a political solution to the conflict, Reuters reported. Read more…

Bangladesh: Police Arrest 4 Female Militants Connected To July 1 Cafe Attack

Police in Bangladesh arrested July 24 four female members of a domestic militant group blamed for the July 1 attack on a cafe in which 22 people were killed, an officer said Reuters reported. Read more…

Germany: Munich Gunman Planned Mall Attack For A Year

The teenage gunman who killed nine people in Munich on July 22 had been planning his attack for a year, German authorities said, BBC reported July 24. Read more…

Iraq: Islamic State Bombs Baghdad Security Checkpoint

The Islamic State has said it was behind a suicide bomb attack on a security checkpoint in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, which killed more than 20 people and injured at least another 35, BBC reported July 24. Read more…

G-20: Brexit Adds Risk To Global Economy, Finance Chiefs Say

The United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union heightens risks for the world economy by adding uncertainty, finance chiefs have said at the end of the G-20 summit in China, BBC reported July 24. Read more…

Turkey: President Issues First State Of Emergency Decree

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued his first decree July 23 since declaring a state of emergency July 20, Reuters reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Islamic State Claims Kabul Bombings

The Islamic State claimed the July 23 twin suicide blasts that targeted a protest involving ethnic Hazara Shiites in Kabul, according to a statement posted on Amaq news agency, Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

Armenia: Yerevan Gunmen Release Hostages

A seven-day hostage standoff at a Yerevan police station ended July 23 with all four police officers released, RFE/RL reported. Read more…

Germany: Details On Munich Shooter Released

German authorities have identified the gunman in the July 22 shooting as an 18-year-old German-Iranian dual citizen, Police Chief Hubertus Andrae said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Germany: Police Find Munich Shooter Dead

The shooter in the Munich attack has been found dead after having committed suicide, Munich police said, Reuters reported July 22. Read more…

Germany: 6 Killed In Munich Shooting

Six people have been killed in the ongoing July 22 shooting that started at a McDonald's across the street from Munich's Olympia-Einkaufszentrum (OEZ) Shopping Center, and Germany's elite counterterrorism unit, Border Protection Group 9, is in the city, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Bild reported. Read more…

Germany: Shots Fired At Munich Shopping Center

A shooting attack is underway at a shopping center in the German city of Munich, BBC reported July 22. Read more…

Mali: 2 Days Of Clashes Leave Many Dead

Up to 20 people were killed and dozens of others were injured in two days of fighting between pro-government militiamen and Tuareg rebels in the northern Malian city of Kidal, medical workers said July 22, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Tunnel Blast Kills Dozens Of Government Forces In Aleppo

A July 21 explosion in Aleppo city killed nearly 40 government combatants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said July 22, BBC reported. Read more…

Colombia: Government, Truckers Reach Deal To End Strike

Colombia's government and truckers agreed on July 22 to end a 45-day strike, Transport Minister Jorge Eduardo Rojas said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Armenia: Hostage Situation In Capital Continues

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian called on July 22 for gunmen holding several hostages in a Yerevan police station to surrender, Reuters reported. Read more…

India: Air Force Plane Missing In Bay Of Bengal

An Indian air force plane with 29 people onboard went missing July 22 en route from Chennai to Port Blair, capital of India's Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal, India's Defense Ministry said, Reuters reported. Read more…