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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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Matthew Bey on OPEC Compliance

Speaking on Bloomberg Canada, Stratfor Energy Analyst Matthew Bey examines the reality behind OPEC's latest compliance report.

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Malaysia: Kim Jong Nam Killed By VX Nerve Agent

An autopsy has reportedly revealed that Kim Jong Nam — half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — had residue of VX nerve agent on his hands and face, Malaysian authorities said, Australia's 9 News reported Feb. 24. Read more…

Moldova: NATO Liaison Office Will Open In June

In a Feb. 23 phone conversation, Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg agreed that a NATO liaison office planned in Chisinau would open in June, Infotag news agency reported. Read more…

Iran: Possible Conservative Presidential Candidate Emerges

Iran's conservative Popular Front of Islamic Revolution Forces coalition voted on selected contenders to be the faction's candidate in the upcoming presidential election, Entekhab reported Feb. 23. Read more…

Pakistan: Blast Rocks Lahore, Killing 10

A powerful blast rocked a busy section of the northeastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Feb. 23, killing 10 people and injured more than 20 others, police sources said, Dawn reported. Read more…

Somalia: New Prime Minister Appointed

Recently elected Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed appointed a new prime minister Feb. 23, AP reported. Read more…

Indonesia: President To Visit Australia In Coming Days

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will head to Australia for a two-day visit beginning Feb. 26, Tempo reported Feb. 23. Read more…

Syria: Turkey-Backed Fighters Retake Al-Bab

Rebels backed by Turkey said Feb. 23 they have recaptured the northern town of al-Bab from the Islamic State, AFP reported. Clearing operations have yet to be completed near al-Bab and the Islamic State still holds a handful of smaller towns near the town. Read more…

Iraq: Government Forces Recapture Mosul Airport

According to unconfirmed reports, Iraqi government forces recaptured Mosul airport on Feb. 23, a key objective in the government's offensive to retake the western half of the city from the Islamic State, BBC reported. Read more…

Syria: Geneva Peace Negotiations Underway

U.N.-sponsored peace talks aimed at finding a political solution to the Syrian war began Feb. 23 in Geneva, BBC reported. Read more…

Austria: New Government Plan Would Give Bonuses For Hiring Residents

Austria's government is working on a plan to cut down on migration from other EU countries by offering state-funded employment bonuses to companies that hire Austrian residents, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Feb. 23. Read more…

Philippines: Chinese Minister Cancels Visit Following South China Sea Comments

Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng postponed a Feb. 23 official trip to the Philippines following comments by the Philippines’ foreign minister on Feb. 21 about Chinese activities in the South China Sea, unnamed Philippine officials said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Thailand: Breakthrough Agreement Reached With Southern Rebels, Military Says

The Thai military has reached a breakthrough agreement with separatists in southern Thailand to establish “safety zones” in the restive region, a government negotiator said Feb. 23, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Assault Launched On Key Military Base In Mosul

Iraqi special operations forces said they have launched an assault to retake the Ghazlani base in southern Mosul from the Islamic State, AP reported Feb. 23. Read more…

Space: Astronomers Find 7 Earth-Size Planets That Could Host Life

Astronomers have spotted seven planets that could be conducive to life orbiting a star fewer than 40 light-years from Earth, AP reported Feb. 22, citing NASA and researchers involved in the discovery. Read more…

Mexico: Government Will Reject Unilateral U.S. Immigration Policies, Foreign Minister Says

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Feb. 22 that his government will reject new U.S. immigration proposals he called "unilateral" and would consider making an appeal to the United Nations, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Administration Says It Will Not Recalculate Trade Data

Officials from the administration of President Donald Trump have denied reports that they plan to change how the Bureau of Economic Analysis calculates U.S. trade data and statistics, a senior Department of Commerce official said, Inside U.S. Trade reported Feb. 22. Read more…

Russia: Defense Minister Acknowledges Information Warfare Troops

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Feb. 22 that the Russian government has created a force of special information warfare troops, AP reported. Read more…

China: In Local Evaluations, Government May Weigh Environment Over Growth

China's National Development and Reform Commission announced Feb. 22 that it will develop a system that weighs environmental indicators over economic measures in evaluating officials, People's Daily reported. Read more…


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…