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Jihadism in 2014: Jihadist Franchises

The rift between al Qaeda and the Islamic State has produced scores of local splits within regional jihadist groups, and will ultimately weaken both of them.

Greece Postpones a Crisis

Greece must clear a series of obstacles in the coming months if it hopes to complete its bailout program.

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Reva Bhalla

The Intersection of Three Crises

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Luc De Keyser

The Wager Behind the European Debt Crisis

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A Look Back at the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing


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Mark Fleming-Williams on Greece Bailout Talks

Live interview with Stratfor's economy analyst on CBC's prime time business program "The Exchange" to provide commentary on the different scenarios that could result from ongoing talks between the EU and Greece.

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Egypt Finds Alternative to U.S.-Made Warplanes

In this story from NPR's "Marketplace" program, Stratfor Military Analyst Sim Tack comments on the economic implications of a potential U.S.-Egypt fallout over military aid after the Egyptian government's purchase of French-made fighter jets.

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Stratfor's Fred Burton on Western ISIS Hostages

"They're extraordinarily high-value targets -- you can see the amount of propaganda that can be gained by having an American, a Western hostage," says Fred Burton, a former U.S. Diplomatic Security Service special agent and State Department counterterrorism official. "It generates additional media attention, making the organization relevant."

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Syria: Loyalist Forces Retake Southern Villages

Syrian government forces retook the village of Tal al-Majda in Sweida province and Tal Antar in Daraa in southern Syria, state media said Feb. 28, Reuters reported.

Russia: Committee Releases Possible Motives For Nemtsov Killing

Russia's Investigative Committee listed several possible motives behind Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov's killing, the committee said Feb. 28, RT reported.

U.S.: Coalition Launches 20 Airstrikes Against Islamic State

The U.S.-led coalition launched 11 airstrikes in Iraq and nine in Syria against Islamic State militants, the Combined Joint Task Force said Feb. 28, Reuters reported.

UAE: Government Denies Selling Arms To Ukraine

The United Arab Emirates denied reports of selling military supplies to Ukraine despite earlier statements from Ukraine confirming an arms deal, UAE officials said Feb. 28, Press TV reported.

Greece: Athens Faces Difficulty Repaying ECB Loans, Finance Minister Says

Greece acknowledged it faces problems meeting its obligations to the European Central Bank, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Feb. 28, Reuters reported.

Turkey: Pro-Kurdish Party Calls For Disarmament

Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party called on PKK militants to lay down their arms, party leaders said Feb. 28, World Bulletin reported.

India: Government Cuts Tax, Increases Defense Spending In Budget

The Indian government released a budget for the fiscal year Feb. 28, India's finance minister said, BBC reported.

Venezuela: Competing Demonstrations Take Place In Caracas

Two marches took place in Caracas on Feb. 28, with one group protesting a crackdown on government opposition and another supporting President Nicolas Maduro, witnesses said, El Universal reported.

Ukraine: Attacks Significantly Decrease In East, Military Says

Attacks by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine significantly decreased overnight, Ukraine's military said Feb. 28, Reuters reported.

Italy: Right-Wing Party Protests Government In Rome

The right-wing Northern League party began demonstrations in Rome against the government Feb. 28, with thousands expected to participate, party leader Matteo Salvini said, Corriere della Sera reported

Ukraine: Nemtsov Was To Disclose Russian Involvement In Conflict, President Says

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was going to disclose evidence of Russian military involvement in the Ukraine conflict, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Feb. 28, Interfax reported.

Russia: Moscow Rally Converts To Nemtsov Funeral March

The Moscow rally set for March 1 has been converted into a funeral march for opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, opposition organizer Leonid Volkov said on Facebook Feb. 28, The Interpreter reported.

Russia: Putin Calls Nemtsov Killing A Provocation

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Feb. 27 killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was a provocation, and that he would take personal control of the investigation, the Business Insider reported, citing Kremlin spokesperson Dimitri Peskov.

Russia: Opposition Politician Boris Nemtsov Killed In Moscow

Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in the center of Moscow on Feb. 27, police sources said, Tass news agency reported.

Mexico: New Oil Blocks Approved For Auction

Mexico has approved the auction of nine shallow-water hydrocarbon development blocks as part of its first licensing round to allow foreign investment in the country's oil sector, Argus reported Feb. 27.

Mexico: Attorney General Leaves Post

Jesus Murillo Karam has resigned from the post of attorney general and will be sworn in Feb. 27 as the head of the Department of Rural and Urban Development, ABC reported.

Greece: Update On Piraeus Bank Reports

Stratfor sources reported earlier that customers at Piraeus Bank ATMs in central Athens were having trouble withdrawing cash, but continuing reports suggest there is no widespread panic and that the problem is not affecting all of the bank's ATMs in the city.

UAE: Deal With Ukraine Does Not Include Arms

The military and security cooperation agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Ukraine does not include arms deals, UAE assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs Faris al Mazrouei said, Emirates News Agency reported Feb. 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.