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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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Brazil: Supreme Court To Appoint New Justice

Before Feb. 1, Brazil's Supreme Court will appoint a new judge in charge of a bribery case investigation known as Operation Carwash, the biggest corruption case in Brazil's history, Valor reported Jan. 24. Read more…

Singapore: Hong Kong Will Return Seized Armored Vehicles

Authorities in Hong Kong said Jan. 24 that they will return nine armored vehicles seized in November enroute from Taiwan to Singapore, the South China Morning Post reported. Read more…

Japan: Tokyo Launches First Military Communications Satellite

Japan launched its first military communications satellite from Tanegashima spaceport Jan. 24 using an H-IIA rocket, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Defense Secretary Underscores NATO Commitment

Secretary of Defense James Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to supporting its NATO allies in a Jan. 23 meeting with his British counterpart and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Deutsche Welle reported. Read more…

Colombia: ELN Rebels Will Not Join Peace Talks Framework

Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) will not join the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, the legal framework underpinning the peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), WRadio reported Jan. 23. Read more…

U.S.: President Will Issue Orders To Restart Stalled Pipeline Projects

U.S. President Donald Trump plans to sign two executive orders Jan. 24 to move ahead with the Keystone Xl and Dakota Access pipelines, officials said, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Mexican President Outlines Demands For Trade Negotiations

In a Jan. 23 speech in Mexico City, President Enrique Pena Nieto laid out 10 goals for upcoming talks with the United States on the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), El Financiero reported. Read more…

Syria: Russia, Turkey, Iran Establish Trilateral Cease-Fire Mechanism

The governments of Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to put in place a trilateral mechanism to monitor and guarantee compliance with the truce in Syria, according to a statement released at the Jan. 24 conclusion of peace talks in Astana, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.K.: Government Loses Key Court Ruling, Parliament To Vote On Brexit

The British Supreme Court on Jan. 24 ruled that the government must consult with Parliament before triggering Article 50 to start the process of leaving the European Union, confirming a High Court ruling in December, BBC reported. Read more…

Australia: TPP May Be Reformulated To Accommodate China, Turnbull Says

Australia is hoping to reformulate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to survive without the United States, possibly with participation from China, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Jan. 24, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. Read more…

South China Sea: U.S. Will Defend International Territories From China, White House Says

The new U.S. administration will prevent China from taking over territory in international waters of the South China Sea, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Jan. 23, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Trump Orders A Withdrawal From TPP

U.S. President Donald Trump has fulfilled a campaign pledge by signing an executive order for the United States to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), BBC reported Jan. 23. Read more…

Germany: Leading Member Of Right-Wing Party Disciplined, Not Expelled For Comments

Bjoern Hoecke, a leading member of Germany's right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, will be disciplined but not expelled from the party after controversial statements regarding Germany's Nazi past, the New York Times reported Jan. 23. Read more…

U.S.: Top Trump Adviser To Meet With Canadian Prime Minister's Team

Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump and a top adviser to the president, will meet with members of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's team on Jan. 24, a knowledgeable source said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Northern Ireland: Sinn Fein Names New Leader

The outgoing health minister of Northern Ireland, Michelle O'Neill, has been named the new leader of the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party, The Guardian reported Jan. 23. Read more…

Egypt: Top Hamas Official Visits For Security Meetings

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is in Egypt for meetings with security officials, the highest-level visit by a Hamas representative since the overthrow of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in 2013, AP reported Jan. 23. Read more…

Moldova: President Wants To Cancel Agreement For NATO Office In Capital

Moldovan President Igor Dodon said Jan. 23 he plans to cancel an agreement to establish a NATO liaison office in Moldova's capital of Chisinau, Radio Free Europe reported. Read more…

Colombia: Drug Growers Association To Be Founded

Illicit drug producers in Colombia are planning to found the National Coordinator of Coca, Marijuana and Opium Growers, La Silla Vacia reported Jan. 23. 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…