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Were Turkish Coup Planners Involved In Downing Russian Jet?

George Friedman | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
George Friedman

The attempted coup, or whatever it was, had to do with a great deal more than this of course. But its aftermath is in part about regaining Turkey's space, lost as Turkey became dependent on the United States following the downing of the jet.

Brexit's stain, China's pain

Laura-Marie Töpfer | Posted 07.05.2016 | World
Laura-Marie Töpfer

What may be a window of opportunity for Chinese investors will, however, be a headache for Chinese firms relying on exports. Falling prices on corporate assets reflect that domestic demand in Europe is weakening after the Leave vote.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Global Geopolitics

David Gosset | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
David Gosset

Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Global Geopolitics - From "Atoms for Peace" to "AI for Mankind" - Artificial Intelligence (AI), a top priority for...

Where Are You (In The Digital World)?

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.16.2016 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

In a matter of years, almost everything that moves will be digitized, be it our cars, our bikes or our bodies, by using mobile phones or wearing digitized garments. This era of the Internet of Things will trigger new policy and ethical questions.

Nigeria Prepared To Negotiate With Niger Delta Avengers

Oilprice.com | Posted 06.07.2016 | Business
Oilprice.com

After a string of attacks on Nigeria's oil infrastructure, its government plans to open talks with the newly formed militant group, the Niger Delta Av...

How Well Is Hillary's Attack on "Duce" Donald Trump Working?

William Bradley | Posted 06.06.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Hillary Clinton has finally done herself some real good with her big speech late last week in San Diego going after Donald Trump's aggressively ignorant and dangerous approach to geopolitics and national security affairs.

Does Iran Have The Upper Hand In The OPEC Oil War?

Oilprice.com | Posted 06.06.2016 | Business
Oilprice.com

Traditional rivals, Saudi Arabia and Iran, continue to fight to prove their supremacy in OPEC. Neither gives up an opportunity to hurt the other, when...

OPEC Head Calls for $65 Oil

Oilprice.com | Posted 05.25.2016 | Business
Oilprice.com

A minimum price of $65 a barrel for oil is "badly needed at the moment" according to Qatari energy minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada. On Tuesday, t...

What Does The Next OPEC Meeting Have In Store?

Oilprice.com | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
Oilprice.com

The next OPEC meeting on the 2nd of June will act as little more than a forum for continued altercations between Saudi Arabia and Iran The 2 June 201...

Is the U.S. Military Strategy Doing More Harm Or Good in the Middle East?

The Conversation US | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
The Conversation US

Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., Duke University Woman at wreckage of deadly car bomb in Baghdad. REUTERS/Wissm Al-Okili Editor's note: This article is part...

Compassion, Technology and World Peace

Andre Averbug | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
Andre Averbug

Technology brings people together in many ways - from the invention of the telephone and air transportation to today's social media. However, it also ...

Journey to Europe: Visiting Romania

George Friedman | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
George Friedman

After Slovakia, the next stop on my European trip is Bucharest, the capital of Romania. It is a place I have visited many times in recent years, in la...

The World Explained in Maps

Peter Vaughn | Posted 04.20.2016 | Books
Peter Vaughn

If you have ever wondered why geography used to be a staple of any decent education and why we are paying the price for no longer staring at maps, spi...

Russia: A Global Energy Powerhouse That's Much More Than a Petro-State

The Conversation US | Posted 04.14.2016 | World
The Conversation US

In truth, Russia has been building an altogether new kind of energy state, one with more global influence than even OPEC. A fundamental reason is Russian prominence in multiple energy domains, especially oil, gas, coal and nuclear power.<

NATO/US need to be Doubly Wary of Saudis and Turks Adventurism in Syria

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Conventional wisdom in the United States holds that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are right to enter the chaos defining Syria's civil war. After all, this i...

The Rationale Behind Russia's Withdrawal From Syria

Oilprice.com | Posted 03.17.2016 | Business
Oilprice.com

As reported around the world, Russia's decision to greatly reduce its military presence in Syria, coming as it did with little warning, has left the w...

NATO/US Need to Be Doubly Wary of Saudis and Turks Adventurism in Syria

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Conventional wisdom in the United States holds that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are right to enter the chaos defining Syria's civil war.

Who Will Be Left Standing at the End of the Oil War

Oilprice.com | Posted 02.23.2016 | Business
Oilprice.com

While there are billions of reasons to cut output, and every major producing country is reeling from the loss of revenues, some are weathering the current bust better than others, but the devil is in the details, and the details contain tons of variables.

Climate Change and Geopolitics: What's Really at Stake

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

Forced migration, food insecurity and failure of government to provide for basic population needs make populations far more susceptible to extremism, political uprising and wide-scale destabilization.

Moscow's Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now

Carlo Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Caro

Current relations - Source: Sputnik News There have been many objections to what is denominated as the Russian interference in Syria, more specifical...

Iran-Saudi Rift Complicates Geopolitics of the Mideast

David Oualaalou | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Should military conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia erupt, the United States might have no choice but to assist its longtime ally. But given some of the kingdom's latest efforts are completely contrary to U.S. interests, do we really have to?

Can Science Predict Political Turmoil?

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 01.04.2016 | Science
Jonathan D. Moreno

Does the rise of Trump herald an era of home-grown fascism? Human intelligence and vast quantities of metadata seem ill-equipped to help forecast geopolitical events at this scale. Despite decades of sophisticated political science and game theorizing, the truth is that we are very bad at anticipating great historic turns. Why?

The Dynamics Of Compassion

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

War doesn't work. Bombing ISIS doesn't work. Closing our border to Syrians -- or Mexicans -- doesn't work. Yet "we," by which I mean the whole world, go back to this suicidal behavior again and again and again. Why are we violent but not illiterate?

Mapping the World's Territorial Disputes

Max Galka | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Max Galka

In this map, every country shaded in red is involved in a territorial dispute of some kind. Yellow markers represent disputed territories.

The European Union And China On The New Silk Roads

David Gosset | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
David Gosset

The complex but irreversible integration of the European continent and the renaissance of the Chinese civilization arguably constitute the most significant factors of change of our time, the wise articulation of these two processes can only be mutually enriching and a source of growth and stability for our global village.