Stratfor's vice president of intelligence and former counterterrorism agent Fred Burton discusses the U.S. State Department's "Rewards for Justice" program he helped create in 1984, and how it's being used today to hunt down leaders of ISIS.
Stratfor's Vice President of Global Analysis joined Bloomberg TV's "Bottom Line" program to discuss the Greek debt crisis, Russia's conflict with Ukraine, Iran nuclear negotiations and China's economic slowdown.
"An overabundance of caution today in this kind of environment is certainly prudent but I think it's the new normal," Burton said. "The Islamic State or activists on the ground here would certainly view a military installation in any capacity as a high value target, but they would not succeed."
“They have to hear from their leader that all is well,” Kamran Bokhari, an adviser for Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs at Texas-based consulting firm Stratfor, said. “If morale is sagging then you can expect more reversals on the battlefield. But it’s way too early to say that the regime is on a downward spiral."
Stratfor's Vice President of Asia-Pacific Analysis joined Bloomberg TV's "Surveillance" program to discuss the Japanese prime minister's weeklong trip to the United States and the importance of Tokyo's relationship with Washington.
"This is both a commercial and political strategy," said Bayer, a Eurasia Analyst for global intelligence firm Stratfor. "Russia is really pushing for projects like the one in Hungary because they will be providing 80% of the financing and it gives the Kremlin long-term leverage until Hungary pays the money back."
"It's hard for this crisis not to have at least some impact [on South Korean President Park Geun-Hye]. Her administration has already faced a lot of criticism on reforms as well as international junkets," Baker said. This week's events interfere with her ability to focus on policy issues and help push them through the parliament, he added.