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Geopolitics / International

The Transition Beyond Strategic Nuclear War

Jan 08, 2013 at 16:17 | Gregory R. Copley

The world is now well advanced in transition to the age beyond strategic nuclear weapons. It may be, from the standpoint of military descriptors, a transition to the age of…

U.S. Allies Ignore Washington's Iran Sanctions

Jan 02, 2013 at 16:55 | John Daly

Since the U.S. began its “global war on terror” in late 2001 in the wake of al Qaeda’s U.S. attacks, two of its most stalwart Muslim allies have been Turkey…

Weekly Energy Roundup: Libya, Syria and Gazproms Declining Influence in Europe

Oct 05, 2012 at 16:27 | Editorial Dept

In this week’s weekly recap we look at what is happening in Syria, how it differs from Libya, and recap the situation Gazprom now finds itself in thanks to the…

Blind, Deaf and Ignorant: 5 Recipes for US Intelligence Failure

Sep 24, 2012 at 17:24 | Charles Kennedy

It was so much easier when it was just the Soviet Union, a clear enemy, even a fun game. So with the 9/11 disaster, America’s spy agencies were made to…

Piracy: Skulls, Cross-Bones and Letterhead

Aug 28, 2012 at 17:25 | Charles Kennedy

You can’t fight piracy on the high seas with naval power and clever security solutions alone, you can only shift the balance temporarily. Today’s pirates are all about modernization, and…

A New Global Pattern is Emerging Which Will Dictate How Strategies Are Planned

Jul 31, 2012 at 17:12 | Gregory R. Copley

Economic, social, political, and demographic changes are key drivers in what is a transforming global strategic architecture. This will necessitate a revision of existing power projection, trade, and intelligence priorities,…

Baghdad Snubs Biden over Oil 'Diplomacy'

Jun 22, 2012 at 17:30 | Charles Kennedy

That Washington was willing to set Vice-President Joe Biden up to be snubbed by Baghdad demonstrates how serious the north-south war over Iraqi oil and gas is and how the…

As the US Decline Continues, Canada Looks to Step in

Jun 21, 2012 at 16:39 | Editorial Dept

The world order of the 21st century is undergoing a deep transformation as the post-Cold War United States hegemony continues its slow and steady decline. As a result, we are…

Israel and China - A Marriage Made in Heaven, Except for Energy Issues

Jun 15, 2012 at 17:27 | John Daly

China and Israel are the most pragmatic of partners. For China, Israel’s prime attraction is as a source of cutting-edge high technology, for Israel, its gaining a foothold in the…

Beleaguered Iran Seeks Allies in Post-Soviet Space

Jun 08, 2012 at 17:01 | John Daly

Beset by rising rhetoric about a possible Israeli attack against its nuclear facilities, Iran is seeking full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as an additional layer of international diplomatic…

The U.S. Turns its Back on Europe, Allowing Russia and China to Approach

May 10, 2012 at 17:37 | Gregory R. Copley

Europe is at a pivotal point. Or, rather, it is at a point where its structural transformation can no longer be ignored. Events in Europe have finally led…

How Malaysian and French Elections could be Affected by the Submarine Scandal

Apr 20, 2012 at 17:31 | Gregory R. Copley

Malaysia’s submarine procurement scandal was, by mid-April 2012, spilling onto the French political scene, highlighting a range of political and strategic dilemmas which ultimately impact (and reflect) on the national…

5 Interesting Revelations from the Stratfor Memos

Feb 29, 2012 at 17:43 | Juan Cole

Wikileaks is publishing internal memos of the Stratfor security analysis firm. A few tidbits have emerged in these very early days, to wit: 1. Up to 12 Pakistani active-duty and…

Falklands Flare Up - Could a New Oil Find Re-Ignite an Old Conflict?

Feb 20, 2012 at 17:52 | John Daly

The Falkland Islands, a British windswept archipelago in the southern Atlantic off the coast of Argentina, last had its moment in the media spotlight three decades ago, when the two…

Natural Resource Depletion and the Changing Geopolitical Landscape

Jan 18, 2012 at 18:18 | Post Carbon

From competition among hunter-gatherers for wild game to imperialist wars over precious minerals, resource wars have been fought throughout history; today, however, the competition appears set to enter a new—and…

The Hemispheric Implications of Hugo Chavez's Illness

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:38 | John Daly

The recent dramatic pronouncement that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez underwent cancer treatment in Cuba reverberated far beyond Venezuela, depressing his allies and elating his enemies. While the leader of his…

Pakistan to Tax NATO Transit Supplies?

Jan 16, 2012 at 17:37 | John Daly

Consider – every single drop of fuel used by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces, largely composed of 90,000 U.S. military troops, must be brought into Afghanistan from outside the…

Obama Administration Finds Few Asian Takers for Oil Sanctions Against Iran

Jan 16, 2012 at 07:49 | John Daly

U.S. President Barack Obama recently signed a law imposing more sanctions on Iran's exports to punish Iran over its civilian nuclear uranium enrichment program, which Tehran insists is completely peaceful…

Ahmedinejad Visits Latin America, Washington Implores and Seethes

Jan 11, 2012 at 07:15 | John Daly

At the best of times, the U.S. government is regarded as somewhat out of touch with what’s happening in the American “heartland,” much less the world at large, so much…

Eight Strategic Factors to Consider in 2012

Jan 03, 2012 at 21:23 | Strategic Studies

Rarely in the past six decades has global context counted for as much in strategic forecasting — trend analysis — as it does at the dawn of 2012. Reliance on…

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