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Securing the Trump Inaugural

The Jan. 20 event will be greeted with groups supporting and opposing the new president, posing steep but not overwhelming security challenges. Read more…

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Reva Goujon on Dealing With Russia

Speaking with Fox News, Stratfor VP of Global Analysis Reva Goujon says making progress on U.S.-Russia relations comes with inherent restraints.

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Scott Stewart on Travel Safety in Mexico

Speaking with the CBC, Stratfor VP of Tactical Analysis Scott Stewart says foreign travelers can still travel safely in Mexico, but they need to take precautions.

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John Minnich on U.S.-China Trade

Speaking with BNN, Stratfor Senior East Asia Analyst John Minnich says contentious talk on trade with China comes with significant repercussions.

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Situation Reports

Israel: Building Permits In East Jerusalem Approved

Israel approved building permits Jan. 22 for hundreds of homes in three East Jerusalem settlements, two days after U.S. President Donald Trump took office, Reuters reported. Read more…

France: Left-Wing Parties Hold Presidential Primary

Socialist voters in France are casting ballots in a nationwide presidential primary to decide on their nominee for the election in April, BBC reported Jan. 22. Read more…

Gambia: Former President Leaves Country

Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has left the country, BBC reported Jan. 22. Read more…

Syria: U.S. Observer To Attend Astana Peace Talks

U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol will attend the Jan. 23 Syrian peace talks in Astana as an observer, according to a State Department statement, Reuters reported. Read more…

Libya: Bomb Detonates Near Italian Embassy

A bomb detonated Jan. 21 in Tripoli near the Italian embassy and just behind the shuttered Egyptian embassy, according to security officials, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: German Chancellor Vows Compromise With New President

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Jan. 21 to compromise with the new administration of President Donald Trump on matters such as trade and military spending, Reuters reported. Read more…

Gambia: Former Leader Leaving The Country

Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh will be leaving the country for Guinea in the next few hours in favor of his successor, new President Adama Barrow said Jan. 21, AP reported. Read more…

Turkey: Presidential System Passes Parliament

Turkish lawmakers approved a bill Jan. 21 to strengthen the office of the president with 339 out of 550 members of parliament in favor, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Incoming Trump Administration Sets Objectives On Key Issues

Shortly after the Jan. 20 inauguration, the new administration of President Donald Trump posted several statements on the White House website specifying its plans to address key issues. Read more…

Gambia: Former Leader To Exit Country After Transition Process

Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh will reportedly accept defeat in recent presidential elections, participate in a transition process and then exit the country, according to unconfirmed reports and information published in Premium Times. Read more…

Turkey: Istanbul Police Headquarters Attacked

An unidentified attacker fired a rocket near the Istanbul police headquarters Jan. 20, appearing to miss the intended target and hit a garden wall of the Provincial Security Directorate, Daily Mail reported. Read more…

Gambia: General Says He Will Not Defend Former Leader

Unconfirmed reports indicate that members of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh;s Cabinet have been called to the statehouse and that the crisis precipitated by his refusal to cede power may be coming to a head. Read more…

Syria: Low Rebel Participation Expected In Peace Talks

Peace talks on the conflict in Syria on Jan. 23 will include one of the lowest levels of rebel participation in negotiations so far, Reuters reported. Read more…

Gambia: Former President Requests More Time

Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh requested that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) allow him more time to relinquish power, Reuters reported. Read more…

Australia: Car Drives Into Crowd, Kills At Least 3

At least three people were killed and 20 injured Jan. 20 when a vehicle drove into a crowd in Melbourne, ABC News Australia reported. Read more…

Mexico: Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Extradited To U.S.

Mexico extradited Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, the notorious head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, to the United States on Jan. 19, Reuters reported. Read more…

Colombia: Explosive Found In Bogota Tax Office

Colombian authorities found a small explosive device in the women's restroom of the National Directorate of Taxes and Customs (DIAN) in Bogota on Jan. 19, El Espectador reported. Read more…

Brazil: Supreme Court Justice Reviewing Graft Investigation Dies In Plane Crash

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki was killed in a plane crash Jan. 19, his son said, Reuters 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…