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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. Read more…

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Beyond the Greek Impasse

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The Rise of Warlord Entrepreneurs

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The Jihadist Trap of Here and Now

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Tunisia Struggles With Militants

Geographic coherence, relatively strong political structures and anti-jihadist culture will enable Tunisia to withstand Islamist militants' attempts to turn the country into a jihadist base. Read more…

The Island Between the Two Koreas

A visit to the North Korean border at Ganghwado island brings to mind an 1871 clash between Korea and the United States — and the beginning of a complex relationship. Read more…

Greece Puts Its Fate to a Vote

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a July 5 nationwide referendum on bailout measures, a vote that would mark a turning point in Greece’s eurozone membership. Read more…

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Stratfor's Scott Stewart on Obama's Strategy for Training Iraqi Troops

Up to now, the U.S. training has typically focused on Shiites and Kurds. "In many ways, it's a continuation of the same thing," said Scott Stewart, a terrorism and security analyst at the global intelligence firm Stratfor. "It's an expansion of the training, and in a logical direction with Sunnis."

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Turkey: National Security Council Considers Syrian Response

After meeting June 29, Turkey's National Security Council released a general statement that gave no indication of imminent cross-border action in Syria, Turkish daily Haberturk reported. Read more…

Puerto Rico: Government Can No Longer Make Debt Payments

In an interview with the New York Times, Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the island is no longer able to make payments on the $73 billion in debt it owes creditors, CNN reported June 29. Read more…

Syria: Mortar Targets Damascus For Second Day

A mortar targeted Damascus on June 29, the second in two days, AP reported. Read more…

Egypt: State Prosecutor Dies After Convoy Is Bombed

Egyptian Attorney General Hisham Barakat died after his convoy was bombed in Cairo on June 29, AFP reported, citing security officials. Read more…

Tunisia: British Plane Sent To Retrieve Wounded

The United Kingdom dispatched a Boeing C17 military transport plane to Tunisia on June 29 to retrieve tourists wounded in last week's terrorist attack on a resort town, AFP reported. Read more…

Iraq: Senior Oil Company Leader Killed

Saad Hassan Mohammed Ali, the director of operations at Iraq's state-run North Oil Company, was shot by unknown gunmen as he left his neighborhood, Iraq Oil Report reported June 29. Read more…

U.S.: SpaceX Rocket Explodes After Liftoff

A SpaceX rocket, carrying supplies to the International Space Station, erupted June 28 after the vehicle went supersonic shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, NASA officials said, AP reported. Read more…

Greece: Athens Imposes Capital Controls, Keeps Banks Closed

Greece will close banks June 29 and impose capital controls to prevent financial chaos following the breakdown of bailout talks with its international creditors, officials said June 28, Financial Times reported. Read more…

Iran: Nuclear Negotiations May Go Beyond Deadline, Officials Say

The six world powers seeking to negotiate a nuclear agreement with Iran plan to carry on negotiating beyond a June 30 deadline, a senior U.S. official said June 28, Reuters reported. Read more…

Armenia: President Suspends Power Hike Amid Protests

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian suspended an increase in household electricity rates June 28 in an effort to end the protests in the capital of Yerevan, the president said, Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

Greece: ECB To Continue Emergency Funding To Greek Banks

The European Central Bank will keep its provision of emergency liquidity assistance to Greek banks at its current level, the ECB said in a statement June 28, Reuters reported. Read more…

Greece: Parliament Approves Referendum Plan

Greece's parliament approved Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' plan in a 2 a.m. vote to hold a referendum July 5 on whether to accept the economic policy demands of creditors in exchange for bailout funds, the Guardian reported. Read more…

Spain: Pro-Greek Protests Break Out In Madrid

Demonstrators took to the streets of Madrid June 27 to rally in favor of Greece after the Eurogroup decided it would not extend a June 30 debt repayment deadline, according to The Spain Report. Read more…

Israel, Palestinian Territories: Aid Flotilla Leaves For Gaza Strip

A flotilla of vessels carrying 70 politicians and activists bringing humanitarian aid departed various Greek ports June 27 in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, Russia Today reported. Read more…

Tunisia: Government Announces Security Measures

The Tunisian government announced tight new security measures June 27 in response to the June 26 terrorist attack in Sousse, the LA Times reported. Read more…

China: Central Bank Cuts Benchmark Interest Rates and Reserve Ratio

The People's Bank of China lowered both benchmark interest rates and the requirement reserve ratio June 27, Xinhua reported. Read more…

Greece: Prime Minister Calls Referendum On Bailout

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced June 26 that he would hold a referendum on the bailout agreement that the country's creditors have proposed, The Guardian reported. Read more…

Syria: 20 Soldiers Killed In Suicide Attack

An Islamic State suicide attack in northeastern Syria killed at least 20 Syrian soldiers June 26, according to activists in the region, AFP reported. Read more…

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