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The Roots of the Government Shutdown

The Roots of the Government Shutdown

In general, Stratfor deals with U.S. domestic politics only to the extent that it affects international affairs. Certainly, this topic has been argued and analyzed extensively. Nevertheless, the shutdown of the American government is a topic that must be understood from our point of view, because ...

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On the Comeback Trail The Communist Party in Russia

On the Comeback Trail The Communist Party in Russia

The Communist Party in Russia has reportedly dealt the ruling United Russia party a serious blow in one of the regions of the Russian Federation by winning recent local elections in two districts and strengthening its presence in several others. The showing by the Communists is regarded by experts ...

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New Winds Blowing from Russia?

 New Winds Blowing from Russia?

The tenth annual conference of the Valdai Discussion Club, which took place on September 16-19, 2013, was attended by experts and media professionals who focus on Russia, as well as senior Russian establishment figures and policymakers. The international gathering traditionally serves as a national ...

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U.S. and Iranian Realities

U.S. and Iranian Realities

U.S. President Barack Obama called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week in the first such conversation in the 34 years since the establishment of the Islamic Republic. The phone call followed tweets and public statements on both sides indicating a willingness to talk. Though far from an ...

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Strategy, Ideology and the Close of the Syrian Crisis

Strategy, Ideology and the Close of the Syrian Crisis

It is said that when famed Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich heard of the death of the Turkish ambassador, he said, "I wonder what he meant by that?" True or not, serious or a joke, it points out a problem of diplomacy. In searching for the meaning behind every gesture, diplomats ...

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Syria, America and Putin's Bluff

Syria, America and Putin's Bluff

In recent weeks I've written about U.S. President Barack Obama's bluff on Syria and the tightrope he is now walking on military intervention. There is another bluff going on that has to be understood, this one from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin is bluffing that Russia has emerged as ...

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China's Pivot to Latin America

China's Pivot to Latin America

The quest for global naval power runs parallel to competition for control of markets in Latin America.. The two largest world economies, the United States, and China are vying for control of these markets.

China has an enormous population of approximately 1.3 billion people but   is only ...

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Obama's Tightrope Walk

 Obama's Tightrope Walk

Last week began with certainty that an attack on Syria was inevitable and even imminent. It ended with the coalition supporting the attack somewhere between falling apart and not coming together, and with U.S. President Barack Obama making it clear that an attack was inevitable, maybe in a month or ...

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Analysis: The Regional Implications of a U.S. Strike on Syria

Analysis: The Regional Implications of a U.S. Strike on Syria

The Investigative Project on Terrorism

At the time of this writing, the United States appears to be making final preparations for a military strike on Syria in response to a chemical massacre perpetrated by the Assad regime against hundreds of civilians living in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus.

U.S.-led ...

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