The U.S.-Mexican border is in some fundamental ways arbitrary. The line of demarcation defines political and military relationships, but does not define economic or cultural relationships. The borderlands -- and they run hundreds of miles deep into the United States at some points -- have extremely close cultural and economic links with Mexico. Where there are economic links, there always are movements of population. It is inherent.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's reforms have made him the new darling of the international community. But his government's dimming domestic popularity risks sending the country into rough political waters ahead of its 2020 election.
As the trade and tech wars bleed into human rights issues, there will be very little room for compromise ahead.
By Reva Goujon
Pretty much everything in Syria has gone Moscow's way. Events on the horizon, though, suggest that won't always be the case.
By Omar Lamrani
While potential Iranian terrorism is a cause for concern, it is no reason to panic.
2019 set a record for mass public attacks in the U.S., though the toll could have been much worse had concerned citizens not alerted authorities to suspicious activity or behaviors before it was too late.
Falling victim to crime can make business operations unprofitable, but cooperating with criminals can prove even more costly.
From disruptive protests in Hong Kong and across Latin America to Russia's and China's increasingly sophisticated espionage tactics, see an excerpt of what threats our security analysts are keeping a close eye on in the year ahead.
Most companies focus on protecting data located in more "dangerous" areas, such as China. But this leaves other places where information is stored vulnerable to espionage.
Renewed hostilities between Ankara and the Kurds have laid waste to much of eastern Anatolia. Though the intensity of the physical war has diminished, the fight over symbols has not.
There are abundant reminders in Ramallah, Tel Aviv and elsewhere of the different realities that constrain and pressure each side of the conflict.
Colombia is not an easy country to govern. Its mountains and jungles have historically harbored towns and villages that have wildly different political worldviews and that have been in constant conflict since the country's independence in 1810. Political identity -- left or right -- has long been a defining feature of Colombia's isolated towns, particularly those in Antioquia department. It is in this context that in 1977 embattled rancher Ramon Isaza gathered forces in the sleepy river town of Puerto Boyaca to fight the FARC forces terrorizing his community.
By Diego Solis
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How geopolitical events so far in 2019 align with -- and diverge from -- Stratfor's annual forecast.
In this scorecard, we take a critical look at our successes and slip-ups in forecasting the events of the past year.
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