Summary: The Saudi Princes rule one of the nations key to the current geopolitical order. Recent news stories suggest it is tottering, such as the execution of a reformist Shiite cleric. A close look at authoritative sources gives the answer, one that also illuminates other questions about current events. "Saudi execution of Shia cleric sparks … Continue reading Does the unrest in Saudi Arabia mean their government is tottering?
Summary: Nothing shows the magnitude of our failure in Iraq as its transformation from foe to friend of Iran. More than an ally, Iran has become powerful in Iraq's internal politics. Neither Iraq's rulers nor its neighbors are happy with this, and now they push back. Stratfor seems optimistic about their odds of success. Color … Continue reading Stratfor looks at Iraq, the Center of a Regional Power Struggle
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