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The Geopolitics of Bavaria

The German region's strong sense of identity and desire for autonomy complicates its relationships with larger powers, including Germany. Read more…

Islam, Secularism and the Battle for Turkey's Future

An intense internal power struggle in Turkey influences virtually every decision reached in Ankara's halls of power. Though the country's identity crisis will not be resolved by this power struggle, the battle lines will define how the country operates for many years. Read more…

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By Rodger Baker
Rodger Baker

Facing North Korea's Nuclear Reality

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By Anisa Mehdi
Anisa Mehdi

Easing Our Fears With Better Information

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By Scott Stewart
Scott Stewart

It Takes a Village to Stop a Lone Wolf

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Scott Stewart on Kabul Suicide Bombing

Speaking on The Takeaway, Stratfor VP of Tactical Analysis Scott Stewart says the Islamic State is trying to use the attack on a peaceful demonstration to foment more sectarian violence in Afghanistan.

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Scott Stewart on Brazil Terror Arrests

Stratfor VP of Tactical Analysis Scott Stewart tells Reuters these seem to be pre-emptive arrests that have the potential to disrupt other groups who may be plotting attacks.

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Fred Burton on Attacks Against Police

Speaking with WTOP, Stratfor Chief Security Officer Fred Burton explores the growing challenges that local law enforcement faces across the United States.

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France: Hostages Freed Following Normandy Church Attack

Two knife-wielding men were killed after reportedly taking several people hostage in a church in Normandy, France, Reuters and France 3 reported. Read more…

Somalia: Suicide Car Bombing Kills At Least 7 In Mogadishu

Two blasts killed at least seven people July 26 near the entrance of the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, police officials said, BBC reported. Read more…

Japan: Many Dead, Wounded After Knife Attack

Many people are dead and wounded after a knife-wielding man attacked a building that is reportedly a home for the disabled in Sagamihara, west of Tokyo, early in the hours of July 26, The Daily Express reported. Read more…

South Sudan: Vice President Machar Replaced

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit replaced Vice President Riek Machar on July 25, appointing Gen. Taban Deng Gai to take Machar's place, Reuters reported. Read more…

Israel: Warplanes Hit Syrian Area After Mortar Fire

Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes against an area in Syria in response to mortar fire, an Israeli military statement said July 25, AP reported. Read more…

Jordan, Syria: Cranes Await Approval For Humanitarian Aid Lift

U.N. aid agencies are awaiting the approval of Jordanian officials to begin hoisting large amounts of food aid over the large earthen berm that runs along the country's border with Syria, aid officials said July 25, AP reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Clashes Kill 5 Border Guards

Clashes along the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border killed five Saudi border guards on July 25, a Saudi Interior Ministry statement said, AFP reported. Read more…

Israel: Official To Visit U.S. Soon To Finalize Aid Deal

A high-ranking Israeli security official will visit Washington the week of Aug. 1 to finalize a decadelong aid deal, a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said July 25, The Times of Israel reported. Read more…

Yemen: Peace Talks Appear To Be All But Over

Peace talks that have been taking place over the past several months in Kuwait to end Yemen's civil war appear to be all but over, according to comments attributed to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, Al Hadath reported July 25 Read more…

Germany: Ansbach Bomber Pledged Allegiance To Islamic State

The young Syrian man who detonated a suicide bomb outside a restaurant in Ansbach, Germany, on July 24 had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said, Reuters reported July 25. Read more…

Japan: Prime Minister Puts Off Trip To Iran

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled a trip to Iran set to take place in late August, government sources said July 25, Kyodo News reported. Read more…

Poland: Iraqi Man Arrested With Explosives

Polish authorities arrested a 48-year-old Iraqi man on July 24 and charged him with possession of explosives, prosecutors said, AP reported July 25. Read more…

U.K.: Scottish Leader Speaks On Possibility Of Independence Referendum

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said July 25 that she will begin preparations for a possible Scottish exit from the United Kingdom following the Brexit referendum, Reuters reported. Read more…

Brazil: 12th Suspect Arrested In Alleged Terrorism Plot

Brazilian police arrested a 12th suspect in a group that was allegedly planning to carry out attacks during the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, The Wall Street Journal reported July 25. Read more…

Mauritania: Arab League Summit Kicks Off

The annual Arab League summit began July 25 in Mauritania, with the fight against terrorism and the turmoil in Syria and Libya expected to top the agenda, Daily News Egypt reported. Read more…

U.S.: Mass Shooting At Florida Night Club Kills At Least 2

At least two people are dead and around 16 more are wounded after at least one shooter opened fire outside a Florida nightclub in Fort Myers early on the morning of July 25, police officials said, The New York Times reported. Read more…

Iraq: Car Bombing Near Khalis Kills At Least 9

A suicide car bombing July 25 at a security checkpoint outside the central Iraqi town of Khalis killed at least nine people, BBC reported. Read more…

Germany: Ansbach Bomber Likely Driven By Religious Extremism

A man who blew himself up July 24 in the southern German town of Ansbach was likely driven by Islamist extremism, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told German news agency dpa, AP reported July 25. Read more…

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