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Discord in Kiev Plays to Russia's Favor

With the dismissal of a powerful oligarch, the president may have created a potential political competitor and disrupted the pro-West alliance.

Seoul Agonizes Over New U.S. Missile System

South Korea is debating whether to allow the United States to deploy an anti-ballistic missile system, preferring a more independent defense architecture.

Saudi-Led Coalition Strikes Yemen's Capital

On a day that encapsulates a balance-of-power strategy, the United States is facilitating combat operations in a Sunni bastion in Iraq and supporting a Saudi-led force in Yemen.

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Stratfor's Reva Bhalla on Yemen Unrest

In a live interview on CNBC's "Fast Money," Stratfor's Vice President of Global Analysis discusses the conflict in Yemen and its potential impact on oil markets.

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George Friedman on the Decade Ahead

In a live interview with Bloomberg TV's "Market Makers," Stratfor's founder and chairman addresses predictions from the firm's Decade Forecast, including Russia's inability to survive in its current form and the fragmentation of the European Union.

Market Makers
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Fred Burton on U.S. Diplomatic Security

Stratfor's Vice President of Intelligence joined C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program to discuss how the State Department and other agencies handle security at U.S. diplomatic embassies worldwide.

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Situation/Intelligence Reports

Egypt: Bomb Explodes Outside Cairo University

A bomb wounded four civilians and four policemen outside Cairo University on March 28, Egyptian police said, Reuters reported.

Yemen: Explosions Hit Large Arms Depot In Aden

A series of explosions struck a large arms depot in Aden, southern Yemen, on March 28, witnesses said, Reuters reported.

Nigeria: Officials Extend Election To March 29 In Parts Of Country

Elections in parts of Nigeria have been extended until March 29 after delays and a number of attacks, an election official said March 28, BBC reported.

Ukraine: Military Accuses Separatists Of Firing Grad Rockets

Ukraine government forces accused pro-Russia separatists of using Grad rockets overnight in violation of the cease-fire, a military spokesperson said March 28, RFE/RL reported.

Yemen: Saudi Navy, U.N. Evacuates Diplomats From Aden

Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen and the United Nations pulled out international staff March 28, a Gulf diplomatic official said, SPA news agency reported.

Nigeria: Bomb Explodes Near Polling Station In Southeast

A bomb exploded near a polling station in Nigeria's southeastern Enugu state on March 28, local police said, Xinhuanet reported.

Yemen: Saudi-Led Campaign Could Last 5 To 6 Months, Gulf Official Says

The Saudi-led coalition attacking al-Houthi forces in Yemen initially plans a monthlong campaign, but the operation could last five or six months, a Gulf diplomatic official said March 28, Reuters reported.

Libya: Tripoli Government Withdraws Troops Near Oil Ports

The rival Libyan parliament based in Tripoli ordered the withdrawal of its troops from the front lines near Libya's biggest oil ports, a senior lawmaker said March 28, Reuters reported.

Yemen: Al-Houthis Threaten To Use Suicide Bombings In Saudi Arabia

Yemen's al-Houthi fighters threatened to undertake suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia if Riyadh continued to launch airstrikes against al-Houthi positions, the group's Executive Committee said March 28, Fars news agency reported.

Somalia: Troops Retake Hotel Held By Al Shabaab

Somali troops took full control of a hotel that al Shabaab gunmen stormed and occupied following a March 27 suicide bombing, police said March 28, Daily Star reported.

Yemen: Saudi-Led Coalition Strikes Base Holding Long-Range Missiles

A Saudi-led military operation targeted a base where al-Houthi fighters had set up long-range missiles and pointed them toward Aden, Yemen and neighboring countries, a Yemeni official said March 28, Reuters reported.

Yemen: President Will Not Return To Aden 'For Now,' Foreign Minister Says

Yemeni President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi left an Arab summit in Egypt for Saudi Arabia on March 28, but will not return to his country "for now," his foreign minister said, AFP reported.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Attacks Two Polling Stations In Northeast, Kills 6

Boko Haram gunmen launched two attacks on voters in northeast Nigeria on March 28, killing six people, police said, Reuters reported.

Iran: Leaders Close To Reaching A Nuclear Deal, Officials Say

Iran and six world powers are close to agreeing to a two- or three-page nuclear deal with specific numbers, a senior Iranian official said, Reuters reported March 28.

Syria: Islamist Rebels Seize Parts Of Idlib

Islamist rebel groups including Jabhat al-Nusra took major parts of the Syrian city of Idlib, a monitoring group said March 28, Reuters reported.

Peru: Southern Copper Drops Mining Project

Southern Copper Corp. said it is cancelling the $1.4 billion project it had planned in southern Peru because of protests and a lack of government support, The Wall Street Journal reported March 27.

Iran: Lawmaker Calls For Delay In Turkish Leader's Visit

Conservative Iranian lawmaker Ahmad Tavakkoli requested March 27 that Iran's foreign ministry delay the visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan because of his public criticism of Iranian moves in Yemen and Iraq, Tasnim reported.

Somalia: Gunmen Storm Hotel, 2 Killed In Blast

Islamist gunmen forced their way into a hotel in Mogadishu, trapping government officials inside, Reuters reported March 27.


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.