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social and political issues



Can Putin survive?
George Friedman | 23 July 2014 |
tags: Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin
Russia's strongman is far from finished, but events in Ukraine have weakened his position.


When will the rivers of hatred run dry?
Michael Cook | 22 July 2014 |
tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine, peace
Can Barack Obama earn his Nobel Peace Prize retrospectively by bringing peace to Israel?


Reflections on an unforgiving day
George Friedman | 18 July 2014 |
tags: Israel, Palestine, Russia, Stratfor, Ukraine
What links the twin tragedies of a downed plane over the Ukraine and Israel's invasion of Gaza?


Gaza situation report
George Friedman | 14 July 2014 |
tags: ethics of warfare, Hamas, Israel, Palestine
Hamas and Israel are playing a deadly game with no clear outcome.


On its 237th birthday, some of America’s problems haven’t changed
Dave Richards | 04 July 2014 |
tags: history, USA
Many national issues today remain eerily similar to the problems faced by Washington and his colleagues.


The Sunni Ramadan offensive and the lessons of Tet
George Friedman | 02 July 2014 |
tags: Iraq, jihadists, syria
Sunni jihadists have won a propaganda victory. But can they maintain their momentum?


The US has unfinished business in Ukraine and Iraq
George Friedman | 25 June 2014 |
tags: Barack Obama, Dwight Eisenhower, Iraq, Ukraine
If Obama needs a role model, let him look to the subtle and experienced Dwight Eisenhower.


An agenda for the new King of Spain
Carolyn Moynihan | 20 June 2014 |
tags: family values, monarchy, Spain
Felipe VI has taken over - here are some of the things he needs to do.


The intrigue lying behind Iraq’s jihadist uprising
Reva Bhalla | 19 June 2014 |
tags: Iraq, jihadists, oil industry, Stratfor
There are as many winners as there are losers in the Iraq game.


How has Iraq lost a third of its territory to ISIS in three days?
Ali Mamouri | 16 June 2014 |
tags: Iraq, Islam
A deadly rift has opened up within Iraqi society.


What crisis comes after the Ukraine crisis?
George Friedman | 11 June 2014 |
tags: foreign policy, Russia, Ukraine, USA
This strategic country could become a battleground in a new Cold War.


“Tiananmen Square is being cleansed with blood”
Lars Laamann | 06 June 2014 |
tags: anniversaries, China, Communism, Tiananmen Square
How a movement for social justice ended in a night of horror.


A cultural package that sorts winners from losers
Mary Rice Hasson | 28 May 2014 |
tags: book reviews, The American Dream, virtue
The Tiger Mom (with co-author) has another go at explaining what makes for success.


Romania’s delicate balance
George Friedman | 28 May 2014 |
tags: foreign policy, Romania, Russia, USA
They fear Russian aggression but distrust America's sense of commitment.


Borderlands: Hungary manoeuvres
George Friedman | 21 May 2014 |
tags: European Union, Hungary, Russia, Stratfor
Prime Minister Viktor Orban is performing a delicate balancing act both at home and abroad.


Growing old should not mean growing isolated
Derek Miedema | 09 May 2014 |
tags: ageing, Canada, community organizing
A social isolation epidemic among older people is being countered by community building initiatives.


Borderlands: the new strategic landscape
George Friedman | 06 May 2014 |
tags: geopolitics, Stratfor, World War I
Europe experienced three wars in the 20th century. Is the same pattern reasserting itself?


The US opts for ineffective sanctions on Russia
George Friedman | 30 April 2014 |
tags: Crimea, Russia, Stratfor, Ukraine, USA
Sometimes the most prudent course of action is to appear to be acting decisively while doing nothing at all.


The truth behind Obamacare’s phony 8 million signups
Robert Hutchinson | 28 April 2014 |
tags: health insurance plans, Obamacare
Obama's "affordable care" is horrendously expensive for what you get.


Philippines population control law gets judicial green light
Oliver M. Tuazon | 16 April 2014 |
tags: contraception, Philippines, population control
A so-called reproductive health law is “not unconstitutional” says the Supreme Court. But the new contraceptive era could easily become so.


US defence policy in the wake of the Ukrainian affair
George Friedman | 10 April 2014 |
tags: Stratfor, Ukraine, US foreign policy
Rethinking American strategy in the framework of conventional war against enemies fighting on their own terrain.


Russia and the US negotiate the future of Ukraine
George Friedman | 02 April 2014 |
tags: geopolitics, Russia, Ukraine, USA
When something must get done, the number to call is still in the USA.


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