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Structural reform is the most important of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "three arrows" for economic growth, but it has also proved the most difficult to achieve. Read more…

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Stratfor VP of Tactical Analysis Scott Stewart tells AP that arrests in Russian espionage cases in recent years only scratch the surface.

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U.K.: Parliament Attacker Identified As Briton

London police on March 23 identified the man who conducted a deadly attack outside Parliament the day before as 52-year-old British-born Khalid Masood, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.K.: Islamic State Claims Connection To London Attack

The Islamic State-affiliated Amaq News Agency claimed that the perpetrator of the the March 22 attack in front of the British Parliament was a "soldier of Islamic State," the Guardian reported March 23. Read more…

Ukraine: Unconfirmed Reports Indicate Russian Dissident Shot In Kiev

According to unconfirmed reports on Twitter, exiled Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot and killed in front of the Premier Palace Hotel near Maidan Square in central Kiev on March 23. Read more…

Philippines: Duterte Mulling Martial Law

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said March 23 that he is considering imposing martial law and suspending upcoming local elections across the country, Rappler and the Manila Times reported. Read more…

U.S.: Information Suggests Possible Coordination Between Trump Campaign, Russia

The FBI is reviewing information that suggests associates of U.S. President Donald Trump were in contact with suspected Russian operatives, perhaps to coordinate the release of information that would hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign, U.S. officials said, CNN reported March 22. Read more…

U.K.: Parliament Lockdown Over

The lockdown of Parliament instituted in the wake of a deadly assault has been lifted, the BBC reported March 22. The police investigation of the attacker and his motives is still underway. Read more…

U.K.: Four Dead In Terrorist Attack Outside Parliament

Amid a chaotic scene in London, four deaths have been confirmed in what authorities are calling a terrorist attack outside the British Parliament building, the BBC reported March 22. Read more…

U.K.: Details Continue To Emerge About Incident Near Parliament

Details continue to emerge about an incident that has been reported near the British Parliament building, according to the BBC and various reports on Twitter. Read more…

U.K.: Parliament Locked Down After 2 Shot Outside Building

The British parliament building has been placed on lockdown status after two people were shot outside of the building on March 22, a parliamentary official said, Reuters reported. Read more…

India: Government Bans Trade Of Key Products With North Korea

India's government has prohibited trade on key products with North Korea, the Financial Times reported March 21. Read more…

Syria: Syrian Democratic Forces Cross Euphrates West Of Raqqa

Fighters from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces crossed the Euphrates by boat and helicopter March 22, landing near the village of Abu Hurayrah in Raqqa province, Kom News reported. Read more…

China: Ministry Denies Report Of Building Environmental Station On Scarborough Shoal

China's Foreign Ministry denied March 22 that China is preparing to build an environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Anti-Islamic State Coalition Meets In Washington

Foreign ministers from 68 countries are convening in Washington on March 22 to discuss the fight against the Islamic State, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Army Sends Reinforcements To Counter Rebel Offensive In Hama

The Syrian army is sending more troops to try and fend off a new rebel offensive in Hama province, a Syrian military source said March 22, Reuters reported. Read more…

North Korea: Missile Launch Test Fails

A South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman said a North Korean missile launch test on March 22 has failed, AP reported. Read more…

U.K.: EU Summit Announced To Formulate Brexit Framework

European Council President Donald Tusk announced March 21 that 27 EU member states will hold a summit April 29 in response to the United Kingdom's official notification that it will trigger Article 50, Financial Times reported. Read more…

Belarus: President Accuses Western Intelligence Agencies Of Inflaming Protests

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said March 21 that Western intelligence agencies are supporting ongoing protests against him, BelTA reported. Read more…

U.S.: Secretary Of State To Discuss Strengthening NATO In Baltic Meeting

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with the foreign ministers of the Baltic states March 28 in Washington to discuss regional threats and strengthening NATO, The Lithuania Tribune reported March 21. 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…