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Reva Goujon on Russian Spy Ships

Speaking with Fox News, Stratfor VP of Global Analysis Reva Goujon suggests a spy ship seen near the U.S. coast is a sign Russia's Plan A is starting to backfire.

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Matthew Bey on OPEC Compliance

Speaking on Bloomberg Canada, Stratfor Energy Analyst Matthew Bey examines the reality behind OPEC's latest compliance report.

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Thailand: Breakthrough Agreement Reached With Southern Rebels, Military Says

The Thai military has reached a breakthrough agreement with separatists in southern Thailand to establish “safety zones” in the restive region, a government negotiator said Feb. 23, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Assault Launched On Key Military Base In Mosul

Iraqi special operations forces said they have launched an assault to retake the Ghazlani base in southern Mosul from the Islamic State, AP reported Feb. 23. Read more…

Space: Astronomers Find 7 Earth-Size Planets That Could Host Life

Astronomers have spotted seven planets that could be conducive to life orbiting a star fewer than 40 light-years from Earth, AP reported Feb. 22, citing NASA and researchers involved in the discovery. Read more…

Mexico: Government Will Reject Unilateral U.S. Immigration Policies, Foreign Minister Says

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Feb. 22 that his government will reject new U.S. immigration proposals he called "unilateral" and would consider making an appeal to the United Nations, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Administration Says It Will Not Recalculate Trade Data

Officials from the administration of President Donald Trump have denied reports that they plan to change how the Bureau of Economic Analysis calculates U.S. trade data and statistics, a senior Department of Commerce official said, Inside U.S. Trade reported Feb. 22. Read more…

Russia: Defense Minister Acknowledges Information Warfare Troops

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Feb. 22 that the Russian government has created a force of special information warfare troops, AP reported. Read more…

China: In Local Evaluations, Government May Weigh Environment Over Growth

China's National Development and Reform Commission announced Feb. 22 that it will develop a system that weighs environmental indicators over economic measures in evaluating officials, People's Daily reported. Read more…

Germany: Chancellor Merkel To Meet With IMF Head

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting with International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde in Berlin on Feb. 22, FAZ reported. Read more…

Yemen: Riyadh Pledged $10 Billion For Reconstruction, Yemeni President Says

Yemeni President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi said Feb. 22 that Saudi Arabia has pledged $10 billion to reconstruct liberated areas of Yemen, Al Yemen Al Ikhbari reported. Read more…

Syria: Saudi Arabia Prepared To Send Ground Troops To Fight Islamic State

Saudi Arabia is prepared to send ground troops to Syria to aid in the fight against the Islamic State, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Feb. 21, The New Arab reported. Read more…

South Africa: Court Rules Against Government's Move To Withdraw From ICC

South Africa's High Court in Pretoria ruled Feb. 22 that the government's move to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was unconstitutional, BBC reported. Read more…

China: Xinjiang Authorities Offer Millions For Tips In Counterterrorism Drive

Authorities in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are stepping up counterterrorism efforts, Reuters and the South China Morning Post reported Feb. 22. Read more…

Nigeria: Millions Face Risk Of Starvation

More than seven million people are at risk of starvation in northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, U.N. humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel Toby Lanzer said Feb. 22, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: 35 Suspected Islamic State Members Detained In Raids

Turkish authorities detained 35 people suspected of belonging to the Islamic State in raids across Istanbul on Feb. 22, Reuters reported. Read more…

Bahrain: Protesters Clash With Police Following Raids

Police in Bahrain clashed with demonstrators on Feb. 22 after a young man was killed while attempting to evade arrest, witnesses said, AFP reported. Read more…

South China Sea: Chinese Missile Structures Nearly Completed, U.S. Officials Say

China has nearly completed construction of some two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to hold long-range surface-to-air missile batteries, two unnamed U.S. officials said Feb. 21, Reuters reported. Read more…

North Korea: Embassy Official Identified As Suspect In Assassination

Two more people, a senior official in the North Korean Embassy and someone linked to the North Korean airline, were identified Feb. 22 as suspects in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, Malaysian police said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Ecuador: Presidential Election Goes To Runoff Vote

Ecuador's presidential election will go to an April runoff between leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno and ex-banker Guillermo Lasso, the electoral body said Feb. 21, Reuters reported. 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…