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Yemen's Looming Water Crisis

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China's Fragile Evolution

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Seoul Agonizes Over New U.S. Missile System

South Korea is debating whether to allow the United States to deploy an anti-ballistic missile system, preferring a more independent defense architecture.

Saudi-Led Coalition Strikes Yemen's Capital

On a day that encapsulates a balance-of-power strategy, the United States is facilitating combat operations in a Sunni bastion in Iraq and supporting a Saudi-led force in Yemen.

U.S. Enters the Fray in Tikrit

Rumors that Baghdad requested coalition air support to break the stalemate in Tikrit have been proved.

Russia: Reviving the Pacific Fleet

Russia plans to bolster its Pacific naval forces over the next decade, but funding constraints will force it to carefully prioritize spending.

Field Notes
Stratfor In The News

Stratfor's Reva Bhalla on Yemen Unrest

In a live interview on CNBC's "Fast Money," Stratfor's Vice President of Global Analysis discusses the conflict in Yemen and its potential impact on oil markets.

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George Friedman on the Decade Ahead

In a live interview with Bloomberg TV's "Market Makers," Stratfor's founder and chairman addresses predictions from the firm's Decade Forecast, including Russia's inability to survive in its current form and the fragmentation of the European Union.

Market Makers
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Fred Burton on U.S. Diplomatic Security

Stratfor's Vice President of Intelligence joined C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program to discuss how the State Department and other agencies handle security at U.S. diplomatic embassies worldwide.

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Situation/Intelligence Reports

Yemen: U.S. Warships At The Ready In Red Sea

Two U.S. warships stationed in the Red Sea are ready to respond to the situation in Yemen, U.S. Central Command said March 26, Sputnik reported.

Yemen: Ground Operations Planned, Egyptian Officials Say

Three anonymous Egyptian security and military officials said that Saudi Arabia and Egypt would lead ground operations in Yemen against the al-Houthi militants once they were sufficiently weakened by airstrikes, AP reported March 26.

U.S.: Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Arm Kurds In Iraq

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee are introducing a bill to allow U.S. arms to be sent directly to Kurds fighting the Islamic State in Iraq, AP reported March 26.

Czech Republic: Most Czechs Do Not Mind U.S. Convoy, Poll Says

Four in five Czechs do not mind the U.S. military convoy that is scheduled to cross through the Czech republic from March 29 to April 1, according to a STEM/MARK poll released by Czech Television on March 26.

Turkey: Group Claims Responsibility For Attack On Magazine

The People's Defense Union has claimed responsibility for an attack on Adimlar magazine in Istanbul, Zaman reported March 26.

Ukraine: Oligarch Reaches Agreement With Leader

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and influential oligarch Igor Kolomoisky have reached a deal in which the latter will avoid prosecution in exchange for tax payments by energy producer Ukrnafta, reported March 26.

Yemen: Regional Powers Weigh In On Conflict

The Arab League pledged its support for the Saudi-led campaign against al-Houthi fighters in Yemen, Reuters reported March 26.

Turkey: Armed U.S. Drones To Be Allowed In Air Base

Turkish and U.S. military officials have informally agreed to deploy armed drones to the Incirlik air base to aid in the campaign against the Islamic State, Hurriyet Daily News reported March 26, citing a Turkish official.

Russia: Military Successfully Tests Ballistic Missile

Russia successfully launched a RS-26 Rubezh ballistic missile from the Kapustin Yar launch center, a military representative said, Sputnik News reported March 26.

Yemen: Egypt And Sudan Join Saudi-Led Coalition

Sudan and Egypt have announced their participation in the Saudi-led coalition of Gulf states against the al-Houthi rebels in Yemen, Al-Ahram and Suna news agency reported March 26.

Syria: Islamists Advance Near Idlib

A coalition of Islamist forces, including members of Jabhat al-Nusra, have taken 17 defense posts from the Syrian army and allied forces around Idlib city, Reuters reported March 26.

Russia: Moscow Will Restructure Loans To Belarus

Russia said March 26 that it would restructure some of its loans to Belarus to help the country's struggling economy, Reuters reported.

Turkey: Bomb Kills 1 At Magazine Office In Istanbul

A blast occurred at the Istanbul office of a magazine reportedly linked to an outlawed Turkish Islamist group, killing one person and injuring three, Dogan News Agency reported March 26.

Yemen: Saudi Arabia Begins Air Operations Against Al-Houthis

Saudi Arabia began airstrikes against the al-Houthi rebels in Yemen, the Saudi ambassador to the United States said March 25, AP reported.

Yemen: Gulf State Intervention Would Come Too Late For President

Yemen's President Hadi calls for assistance as al-Houthi militants advance on the temporary capital of Aden.

Iraq: United States Launches Airstrikes On Tikrit

The United States commenced airstrikes on Islamic State targets in the Iraqi town of Tikrit on March 25, AP reported.

U.K.: Support For Anti-EU Party Drops

Public support in the United Kingdom for anti-EU party UKIP has fallen to 10 percent, a ComRes phone poll indicates, Euractiv reported March 25.

U.S., EU: Free Trade Signing Target Unlikely To Be Met

The European Union and the United States will likely miss the target to sign the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free trade deal, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said, EU Business reported March 25.


Decade Forecast: 2015-2025

The United States' role as the pre-eminent power will be the sole constant in a decade of political fragmentation, economic shifts and changes in regional power structures.