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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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The Intersection of Three Crises

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The Wager Behind the European Debt Crisis

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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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Venezuela: Caracas Opposes Outside Oil Venture In Guyana

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez issued a letter publicly opposing ExxonMobil's offshore exploitation of oil blocks in neighboring Guyana, Argus reported March 2.

Colombia: Alleged Cuba-Bound Weapons Shipment Seized

Colombian authorities in Cartagena seized a Chinese-flagged ship carrying seven containers of unspecified weapons allegedly headed for Cuba on March 1, El Tiempo reported March 2.

U.S., Venezuela: Officials Meet As Relations Further Deteriorate

The head of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Caracas held a rare meeting March 2 with Venezuela's foreign minister as tensions between the two countries increased, ABC News reported.

U.S.: Israeli Leader Denies That Speech Is Slight To U.S. President

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied March 2 that his upcoming speech to the U.S. Congress is a show of disrespect to U.S. President Barack Obama, AFP reported March 2.

Peru: Port Workers On Strike

Stevedores at Peru's main port are on indefinite strike because of disputes over the number of workers that should be engaged in loading and unloading, Gestion reported March 2, citing operator APM Terminals.

Turkey: Ankara To Assess Involvement In Mosul Operation

Turkey will evaluate whether to participate in an international coalition operation to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State, Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said, adding that he will visit Baghdad on March 4, Hurriyet Daily News reported March 2.

Iran: U.S. Official Warns Against Revealing Details On Negotiations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned against revealing details about Iranian nuclear negotiations, AFP reported March 2.

Egypt: 8 Wounded In Cairo Explosion

An estimated eight people were wounded in an explosion near the office of the prosecutor general in central Cairo on March 2, unnamed security sources said, Reuters reported.

Colombia: Militants Release Hostage

The National Liberation Army, a Colombian guerrilla group known as the ELN, has released Fredys Palacio Ramirez, the mayor of Alto Baudo, Diario del Huila reported March 2.

Algeria: Police Injured In Anti-Shale Gas Demonstrations

Forty police officers were injured in clashes with demonstrators during protests against shale gas exploration, AFP reported March 2, citing an announcement from the Algerian Interior Ministry.

Estonia: Ruling Party Prevails In Elections

Estonia's ruling Reform Party emerged as the overall winner in the general election March 1, pulling ahead of the Centre Party that had been leading in polls, Euractiv reported March 2.

Egypt: Cairo Obtains $23 Billion From Gulf Countries

Egypt has received $23 billion in aid from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait since the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood-backed Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi, Reuters reported March 2, citing Egyptian Investment Minister Ashraf Salman.

Colombia: Military Officials, FARC Meeting To Discuss Final Points For Peace

Five Colombian generals and one admiral will travel to Havana, Cuba to discuss a bilateral ceasefire with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known by the acronym FARC, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said in an interview with Spanish TV RTVE, Caracol Radio reported March 2.

Russia: German Utility To Sell Unit To Russian Firm

Germany’s second largest utility company plans to sell its oil and natural gas exploration and production unit to the investment arm of Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman's Alfa Group for $5.7 billion, Bloomberg reported March 2.

Egypt: Leader Talks With Saudi King

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met on March 1 with Saudi King Salman, who welcomed him at the airport in Riyadh, The Daily Star reported March 2.

Iraq: Government Reattempts To Seize Tikrit

Iraqi forces backed by allies have begun a major military operation to recapture the city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants, AP reported March 2, citing Iraq’s state TV.

Iraq: Turkey May Explore Oil In Qandil, Minister Says

Disarmament efforts by the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, will pave the way for Turkey to explore oil in Turkish-owned blocks in Iraq’s Qandil region, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said, Reuters reported March 2.

Turkey: Greece Protests Move On Aegean Airspace

Greece has objected to Turkey’s unilateral decision to reserve a portion of airspace over the Aegean Sea for military use until the end of 2015, according to Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Constantinos Koutras, Today’s Zaman reported March 2.

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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.