Satellite imagery of Djibouti shows that underground buildings and three layers of defense will protect Beijing's first permanent military facility abroad.
China may play down the significance of a naval deployment to the strategically located East African state, but the development will be critical to supporting its growing appetite for projecting force and engaging in global security operations.
Stratfor Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst Stephen Rakowski discusses Djibouti's role in geopolitics. On the Horn of Africa, the tiny country of Djibouti will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its independence on June 27. Its position on the Bab el-Mandeb strait has drawn great attention to it in recent decades, helping it punch above its weight in international affairs.
The country's relative stability and strategic position along the Suez Canal trade route make it attractive to foreign powers.
The loss of coastal access in 1991 blunted the East African trading hub's influence, but geography has given it the tools to rebuild. Its geographic position at the heart of the Horn of Africa has made it a crossroads of trade, helping it to maintain a continuity that has lasted from ancient times through the colonial era to today.
Satellite imagery shows that the United Arab Emirates will soon be part of a small group of countries that maintain military bases abroad. The images show Emirati aircraft, ships, helicopters, arms and other military equipment in Eritrea.
Senior U.S. officials say al Shabaab is included under a law authorizing military force against terrorist organizations linked to 9/11 attacks.
AMISOM member countries have more to lose in Somalia than money.
The prospect of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union has financial markets in a frenzy. But what lies beyond the horizon in a post-Brexit world? Stratfor highlights the regions that will be most affected by the latest phase of the European Union's fragmentation.
The pace of the transition will be decided by how quickly new technologies reach the developing world.
The agreement signed Dec. 12 in Paris is just a small part of a broader energy transition driven by technological change.