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Securing the Trump Inaugural

The Jan. 20 event will be greeted with groups supporting and opposing the new president, posing steep but not overwhelming security challenges. Read more…

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Reva Goujon on Dealing With Russia

Speaking with Fox News, Stratfor VP of Global Analysis Reva Goujon says making progress on U.S.-Russia relations comes with inherent restraints.

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Scott Stewart on Travel Safety in Mexico

Speaking with the CBC, Stratfor VP of Tactical Analysis Scott Stewart says foreign travelers can still travel safely in Mexico, but they need to take precautions.

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John Minnich on U.S.-China Trade

Speaking with BNN, Stratfor Senior East Asia Analyst John Minnich says contentious talk on trade with China comes with significant repercussions.

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Situation Reports

Turkey: Presidential System Passes Parliament

Turkish lawmakers approved a bill Jan. 21 to strengthen the office of the president with 339 out of 550 members of parliament in favor, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Incoming Trump Administration Sets Objectives On Key Issues

Shortly after the Jan. 20 inauguration, the new administration of President Donald Trump posted several statements on the White House website specifying its plans to address key issues. Read more…

Gambia: Former Leader To Exit Country After Transition Process

Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh will reportedly accept defeat in recent presidential elections, participate in a transition process and then exit the country, according to unconfirmed reports and information published in Premium Times. Read more…

Turkey: Istanbul Police Headquarters Attacked

An unidentified attacker fired a rocket near the Istanbul police headquarters Jan. 20, appearing to miss the intended target and hit a garden wall of the Provincial Security Directorate, Daily Mail reported. Read more…

Gambia: General Says He Will Not Defend Former Leader

Unconfirmed reports indicate that members of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh;s Cabinet have been called to the statehouse and that the crisis precipitated by his refusal to cede power may be coming to a head. Read more…

Syria: Low Rebel Participation Expected In Peace Talks

Peace talks on the conflict in Syria on Jan. 23 will include one of the lowest levels of rebel participation in negotiations so far, Reuters reported. Read more…

Gambia: Former President Requests More Time

Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh requested that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) allow him more time to relinquish power, Reuters reported. Read more…

Australia: Car Drives Into Crowd, Kills At Least 3

At least three people were killed and 20 injured Jan. 20 when a vehicle drove into a crowd in Melbourne, ABC News Australia reported. Read more…

Mexico: Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Extradited To U.S.

Mexico extradited Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, the notorious head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, to the United States on Jan. 19, Reuters reported. Read more…

Colombia: Explosive Found In Bogota Tax Office

Colombian authorities found a small explosive device in the women's restroom of the National Directorate of Taxes and Customs (DIAN) in Bogota on Jan. 19, El Espectador reported. Read more…

Brazil: Supreme Court Justice Reviewing Graft Investigation Dies In Plane Crash

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki was killed in a plane crash Jan. 19, his son said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Gambia: Senegalese Troops Invade On Behalf Of President

Senegalese troops crossed the border into Gambia on Jan. 19 to intervene on behalf of recently inaugurated President Adama Barrow, Senegalese military representative Col. Abdou Ndiaye said, Reuters and BBC reported. Read more…

Uganda: Former M23 Rebels Looking To Return To Congo Detained

Ugandan officials detained more than 100 former M23 rebels who were reportedly attempting to return to neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, a Ugandan government representative said Jan. 19, Reuters reported. Read more…

Libya: U.S. Strikes Target Islamic State Militants

U.S. airstrikes targeted Islamic State camps overnight in Libya, an anonymous U.S. defense official said Jan. 19, CBS and AP reported. Read more…

Syria: U.S. Invited To Resolution Talks, Russian Minister Says

The United States will be invited to upcoming talks aimed at resolving Syria's conflict due to be held in Kazakhstan on Jan. 23, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated Jan. 19, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Parliament Moves Closer To Approving Constitutional Amendments

Turkey's parliament moved closer to approving a constitutional amendment package to enhance the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ratifying seven of the package's 18 articles overnight in a second round of voting, Reuters reported. Read more…

Gambia: Standoff Continues As New President Set To Be Sworn In

The mounting political standoff in Gambia continues as President-elect Adama Barrow prepares to be officially sworn in Jan. 19, the Washington Post reported. Read more…

Iran: Many Feared Dead After Large Building Collapses In Tehran

A major building housing a commercial center and garment workshops collapsed in Tehran after a fire Jan. 19, killing an undetermined number of people, Al Jazeera and Iranian news outlets 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…