Summary: Dr. Torrance Stephens looks at the rise of tyranny in Spain and Turkey, as they both forcibly quash opponents. It is quietly spreading, abetted by the complacent silence of the developed nations. What nation will it spread to next? "Spain and the Erdogan Playbook" By Torrance Stephens at his website, 21 September 2017. Reposted … Continue reading Update on the spread of tyranny in Europe: Turkey & Spain
Summary: Francis Fukuyama predicted the triumph of liberal democracies in The End of History and the Last Man. Some of Turkey's generals disagree; their coup attempt represents a bold strike for well-intentioned tyranny. Here Stratfor explains what's happening, and the likely outcome. Why the Turkish Coup Will Likely Fail Stratfor, 16 July 2016 Update: Turkey's … Continue reading Stratfor: generals strike for tyranny in Turkey. Why they failed.
Summary: Stratfor looks at the Caucasus, where some of Europe's fault lines cross. These border regions are often unstable, and have birthed many of Europe's wars. The Caucasus nations are heating up, with no signs of resolution in sight. The Caucasus: A Crucible for Eurasian Powers Stratfor, 31 December 2015 Summary Where the boundaries of … Continue reading Stratfor looks at the Caucasus: A Crucible for Conflict
Summary: Here Stratfor examines rumors that Turkey's army has entered the fighting in Iraq. If true, it's a serious expansion of a conflict that already looks like the early stages of the Thirty Years War that devastated central Europe. This might not be an increase of Turkey's involvement, but such a step might be coming. … Continue reading Stratfor explains: Has a Turkish military spearhead penetrated northern Iraq?
Summary: What lies in the future of the Middle East once the specter of an nuclear-armed Iran disappears (said tobe imminent every year since 1984)? Not peace, unfortunately. Stratfor describes what to expect in the next chapter of this misgoverned region. Aftershocks of the Iran Deal: Why Middle Eastern Conflicts Will Escalate Stratfor, 28 August … Continue reading Stratfor describes the Middle East – after the Iran deal