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Director, Global Energy and Middle EastDec 26, 2019 | 20:36 GMT
Greg Priddy
Greg Priddy

Greg Priddy is Director, Global Energy and Middle East, at Stratfor. Having spent most of his career at the nexus between geopolitical risk and the energy sector, he contributes to Stratfor's analysis on the Middle East, energy, financial markets, and broader Global Macro coverage. Prior to joining Stratfor, Mr. Priddy was Director, Global Oil, at Eurasia Group, and also has worked previously at the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the Department of the Navy.

Mr. Priddy has appeared on or been quoted by a number of prominent media outlets including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and the PBS NewsHour.

He holds a BA and MA in international affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and has also studied in Egypt at the American University in Cairo.

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MemosDec 11, 2019 | 21:30 GMT
Stratfor's Top 10 Pen and Sword Podcasts of 2019
Stratfor's Top 10 Pen and Sword Podcasts of 2019
Stratfor's Pen and Sword podcast hosted an exciting list of top-selling authors and geopolitical experts from around the globe this year. Boiling the list down to 10 podcasts included a lot of debate, but we managed.
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Contributor PerspectivesOct 17, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
This photo shows a protester in Hong Kong waving a banner of support for NBA team executive Daryl Morey.
China Calls a Foul, and the NBA Jumps
A groundbreaking game four decades ago in Beijing gave the NBA a toehold in basketball-crazy China. Over the intervening years, the league has tapped a gold mine in the country worth billions of dollars in TV rights and endorsements. The importance to the NBA of maintaining its Chinese operations became evident in the careful steps it's had to take to escape the political minefield that it found itself thrown into by an executive's tweet over Hong Kong.
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On SecuritySep 17, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
CCTV footage on a mobile phone is believed to show former Russian spy Sergei Skripal (left), and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, walking in the center of Salisbury not long before they were poisoned.
In Countering a Creative Security Threat, Anticipation Is Key
The old adage "necessity is the mother of invention" is never truer than when it comes to crime. I spent most of last week in Chicago attending the annual ASIS International Global Security Exchange, chatting to colleagues old and new about the particular challenges they face. In doing so, something struck me: Whether it's criminals, militants, corporate spies or activist groups, every threat is adaptive and creative. And then the flip side of this realization also occurred to me: By nature, security people and the programs they create tend to be rigid and inflexible. After all, many security leaders come out of the military or law enforcement (or both, like me). And even those from different backgrounds tend to pick up many of the cultural traits of such institutions by working with and for people who have.
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PodcastsAug 26, 2019 | 17:25 GMT
Security in the Digital Age With Author James Grady
When James Grady wrote the spy fiction novel, Six Days of the Condor in 1973, he had no idea his work would have real-world applications. But from an international assassination to a complete government-run espionage department, that's exactly what happened. With a film, TV series and several sequels now behind him, Grady says the hero of his novel is still inherently human, and in that way, remains timeless. But he notes "one thing has changed completely" since the book was first published -- and that's the digital revolution.  In this podcast, Stratfor Chief Security Officer Fred Burton sits down with Grady to discuss what makes today's world infinitely more vexing when it comes to security, geopolitics and diplomacy compared with the days of the Cold War.
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AssessmentsAug 26, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
The Tunisian parliament holds a session in November 2018.
Tunisia's Budding Democracy Faces Its Biggest Test
In 2014, Beji Caid Essebsi became Tunisia's first-ever popularly elected president after the country famously ousted its authoritarian leader of 22 years, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Caid Essebsi was also the country's first leader to respect the new, limited role of the presidency per the country's 2014 constitution. But whether that precedent continues will now be up to his successor. Following Caid Essebsi's death in July, Tunisia's presidential elections were moved up several weeks to mid-September. The balloting will carry heavy regional significance because as the Arab Spring showed, Tunisia wields an outsized influence on its regional peers, and its results could very well dictate the long-term sustainability of its democracy.
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Contributor PerspectivesAug 5, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
Jaypee Gordiones, Felix Dela Torre and Richard Blaze (left to right), crew members of a fishing vessel that sank after it collided with a Chinese fishing boat off Reed Bank in the South China Sea, are mobbed by journalists following a news conference in Manila on June 28, 2019.
A Fishing Boat Attack Highlights the Rocky Status of U.S.-Philippine Defense Ties
Both sides in the long and occasionally troubled U.S.-Philippine alliance have used their Mutual Defense Treaty to shape each other's behavior, most recently with regard to its applicability to the South China Sea. But as foreign policy experts around the world mull the content of the U.S. ambassador's statements about a recent incident that sunk a Philippine fishing vessel in the area, some key wording suggests the intended audience may be Manila -- rather than Beijing -- and that Washington isn't all too eager to dive into a battle with China.
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Contributor PerspectivesJul 25, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
Fighters with the U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces guard women and children waiting to leave the al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria on June 3, 2019.
The Syrian Civil War Grinds On, Largely Forgotten
While the United States and Iran risk all-out war with their game of chicken in the Persian Gulf, their proxy war is still playing out in Syria. Iran's ally, Syrian President Bashar al Assad, won the war two years ago, but his victory was incomplete. Al Assad secured his throne, but two large swathes of the country remain beyond his reach. The Turkish army and rebel militants control the northwest. The mainly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by a small but unspecified number of American, British and French special forces, hold the area northeast of the Euphrates River near the Syria-Turkey-Iraq border triangle. Al Assad has said he will not give up the struggle until both areas revert to his dominion. The only other part of the country under foreign occupation is the Golan Heights, but Al Assad is in no position to expel the Israelis.
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ReflectionsJun 14, 2019 | 16:59 GMT
A picture from June 13 shows fire and smoke billowing from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker, said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman.
Iran Decides Its Best Defense Is Bravado
Two attacks, one month apart, have hit commercial oil tankers in the Persian Gulf region. The first attack signaled that Iran can, and will, disrupt shipping around one of the world's most critical waterways, the Strait of Hormuz. The second, however, shows that the threat is morphing into a not-so-subtle invitation to an arguably avoidable war.
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SnapshotsMay 9, 2019 | 19:34 GMT
North Korea: With a Return to Missile Testing, a Knock on the White House's Door
After a hiatus of 521 days, North Korea has resumed its missile-testing regime. On May 9, the country launched its second flight test in less than a week of what appear to be short-range missiles. Its May 4 launch involved multiple missiles, possibly including several of the same type. North Korean missile tests always carry a message. The message this time is that it should not be ignored and that the current state of affairs is unacceptable.
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SnapshotsApr 22, 2019 | 19:56 GMT
Ukraine: The New President's Mandate for Change Faces a Stiff Resistance
Volodymyr Zelenskiy -- who had no previous political experience and offered no clear policy prescriptions during his campaign for president -- has apparently captured Ukraine's presidency. With Zelenskiy's victory now all but official, the question becomes how he will reshape Ukrainian policy after he takes office. In the short term, the likely answer is not much.
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Contributor PerspectivesApr 10, 2019 | 05:00 GMT
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) holds her daughter, Princess Anne, at Anne's christening in Buckingham Palace on Oct. 21, 1950. Elizabeth's grandmother, Queen Mary, left, and her mother, Queen Elizabeth are also pictured.
Finding a Moment of Royal Reassurance in a Messy World
Strategists prefer to say that modern monarchy is a form of soft power, offering an attractive national image to the world and enticing foreigners to want to like the royals' country. However, seeing Princess Anne in action last week at an event marking the centenary of City Lit, the world's largest institution of adult education, suggested that right now there is more to a British royal's job than just selling soft power. Anne was quiet, calm, reassuring and reasonable -- everything that Britain's democratic institutions currently seem not to be. The price royalty pays for staying above the fray is, admittedly, that they can say very little at all about state affairs. In these uncertain times, though, monarchy's very distance from the mudslinging is becoming its greatest strength.
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