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Contributor PerspectivesDec 25, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Whether and how people celebrate Christmas is clearly a complicated affair, bearing only a subtle relationship to Christianity itself.
The Geopolitics of Christmas
Whether and how people celebrate Christmas is clearly a complicated affair, bearing only a subtle relationship to Christianity itself. The contemporary, increasingly international version of Christmas is less a religious festival than a celebration of affluence, modernity, and above all Westernness. Without anyone willing it, Christmas has become part of a package of Western soft power.
On SecurityJun 5, 2018 | 07:00 GMT
This photograph shows prisoners in a cell.
Prison: A Training Ground for Terrorists
When Benjamin Herman, a 36-year-old Belgian, walked out of prison in Liege with a two-day pass on May 28, he was a man on a mission. That evening he killed a drug dealer he had met behind bars by beating him with a hammer. The next morning he attacked two policewomen from behind and repeatedly slashed them with a box cutter while screaming "Allahu akbar!" He took a service pistol from one of them and shot them both dead. He continued down the street and killed a man in a parked car before taking a woman hostage in a school. She was a Muslim and appealed to him to not hurt the children. His murderous mission, and life, ended soon after as he attempted to flee from the school. He exchanged gunfire with police, wounding four officers, and was shot dead. Herman's deadly rampage is a reminder of the threat
Contributor PerspectivesNov 29, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
A protester brandishes the slogans "#ME TOO" and "#SQUEAL ON YOUR PIG" at a demonstration in Paris against sexual harassment and assault.
Harassment: A Problem of Geostrategic Proportions
On Monday morning, I got an email containing my certificate of completion for SHP-1001-WEB-FY17, California's mandatory harassment prevention training for supervisors and faculty. As a university professor, I'm legally required to complete this two-hour online course every other year. This sort of requirement is new; back in the days when I was a graduate student at Cambridge in the 1980s, some senior faculty members regularly referred to a particular women's college -- in jest, they would sometimes add -- as the "happy hunting ground." One grand old man of the academy, some of whose classes I took, left among his effects when he died an album containing dozens of photographs of young women, all sleeping in the bed in his college rooms. Something else that's new is that graying men in positions of power over younger women are being called to account when they abuse these positions. Over the past several
Contributor PerspectivesAug 18, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
The Emirati ambassador to the United States raised some eyebrows during a recent interview with Charlie Rose.
Abu Dhabi Stumbles Between Its Foreign and Domestic Policies
The Emirati ambassador to the United States raised some eyebrows during a recent interview with Charlie Rose. Speaking of his country and Saudi Arabia's dispute with Qatar, Yousef al Otaiba explained that it was more a philosophical than a diplomatic disagreement. "If you asked the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain what kind of Middle East they want to see in 10 years," he said, "they would have opposed that of Qatar." Instead, al Otaiba went on, these countries are pushing for "strong, stable and prosperous secular governments." To the vast majority of Emiratis and Saudis inculcated with Islamic teachings during their formative years, al Otaiba's talk of a secular state seemed disingenuous, if not blasphemous. The ambassador's words drew sharp criticism from Saudi Arabia; Princess Fahda -- daughter of the late King Fahd -- for example, called al Otaiba's comments a conspiracy against the kingdom and against Islam.
AssessmentsDec 11, 2016 | 14:15 GMT
A Stratfor Holiday Gift Guide
A Stratfor Holiday Gift Guide
There's a scene in No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy's stunning, elegiac murder ballad from 2005, that's as funny as it is tragic. In the far reaches of West Texas, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell takes the measure of a drug deal gone horribly wrong. Quickly surveying the bodies and the bloodshed, he quips, "If it ain't a mess, it'll do till the mess gets here." In light of the events of 2016 – a year marked by coups and celebrity deaths and unexpected elections results around the world – the scene now seems eerily prophetic. Here at Stratfor, we have spent the past 12 months combing through the mess to tell you what it means and what will happen next. But that's not all we've been doing. Along the way, we have been tirelessly consuming books, films and even video games – sometimes even in our down time. We can't
Contributor PerspectivesAug 17, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
Urbanization and the potential for a clash of civilizations
The Perils of the Cosmopolitan Dream
The rapid advance of globalization via travel, trade and ever more ubiquitous technologies of communication has felt in recent decades like a juggernaut trend -- as inevitable and unstoppable as advances in technology. But recently we've experienced a countertrend: resistances in forms such as the Brexit, to say nothing of Donald Trump's literal call for a wall. What is this reversal all about?
AssessmentsJul 15, 2016 | 13:46 GMT
How France Will Respond to the Nice Attack
How France Will Respond to the Nice Attack
After a large truck ploughed into crowds and killed at least 84 people in Nice late on July 14, French president Francois Hollande announced that the country’s state of emergency would be extended for another three months. Hollande also said that border controls would be tightened and that France would show “real force and military action in Syria and Iraq.” French authorities confirmed that the main suspect is a 31-year-old Franco-Tunisian man, who had a police record for petty crimes but who apparently had not been flagged for terrorist activity and was unknown to intelligence services. The Nice attack is the latest in a series of terrorist plots to target France over the past year and a half and will influence both the upcoming presidential campaign and political debate at the EU level.
AssessmentsJul 14, 2016 | 21:58 GMT
What We Know About Nice
At least 73 people have been reported dead and over 100 injured following what appears to be a deliberate attack on a Bastille Day celebration in Nice on July 14. A large truck rammed into a crowd of celebrants awaiting a fireworks display on a popular seaside promenade, driving for two kilometers (1.24 miles). An exchange of gunfire between occupants of the vehicle and police was reported but not confirmed. It is clear, however, that police fired multiple times on the truck to stop the driver, a normal security response to such an attack, and France's interior minister has confirmed that the truck's driver is dead. In its execution, the assault -- if it is a premeditated act -- resembles attacks in Israel where militants have driven into crowds, causing casualties. Jihadist factions such as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have also promoted this tactic in their propaganda in
AssessmentsJun 19, 2016 | 13:00 GMT
Terrorism in the Age of the Market State
Terrorism in the Age of the Market State
Over the centuries, the nature of terrorism morphs in part because of advances in technology, from knives and pitchforks to weapons of mass destruction. But more profoundly, the nature of terrorism flexes to the structure of each new constitutional order. And so it has come to pass in Orlando. As many commentators have remarked, the choice of a gay bar as the target represented an attack on the kind of individual liberty that is so prized in the newly emerging market state.
On SecurityMay 19, 2016 | 08:06 GMT
In the recently published 15th issue of Inspire magazine, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula exhorts its followers to carry out attacks against prominent businesspeople and economic leaders.
Inspiring Attacks on Economic Leaders
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is aiming closer to home. On May 14, the group released the 15th issue of Inspire magazine. Like the magazine's previous two issues, the latest edition calls on jihadists who live in the West and operate under a leaderless resistance model to assassinate economic leaders, including policymakers, CEOs and company owners. But while Issue 14 provided instruction on attacking corporate leaders at work in its "Open Source Jihad" feature, Issue 15 offers a tutorial on assassinating business leaders at their residences.
AssessmentsApr 5, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
Europe's Chronic Jihadist Problem
Like the assaults in Paris last year, the March 22 terrorist attacks in Belgium have prompted a wave of arrests and energized attempts by European authorities to disrupt the Islamic State and other jihadist operations. But arrests will not solve the intractable problem of radicalized Muslims who initiate terrorist attacks in Europe. Until the underlying issues that help drive radicalization on the Continent are addressed, authorities will be neutralizing only the immediate threat, not countering its root cause. In the meantime, jihadists will continue to pose a threat in Europe and elsewhere.
AssessmentsJan 24, 2016 | 14:02 GMT
A woman holds a white rose near the Toulouse capital building in Jan. 2015 beneath a motto of solidarity for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
Getting to the Root of France's Muslim Dilemma
The jihadist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo signified the beginning of a new period of insecurity for France. Since those shots rang out a little over a year ago, France has been beset by threats, false alarms and more successful attacks. The latest of these, of course, took place in Paris itself, triggering the first nationwide state of emergency since 1961. Having been away for most of 2015, when I arrived back for the holidays I found the country had somehow changed. Disembarking at Charles Gaulle airport's oldest terminal, whimsically known as le Camembert for its roundness, I found the same futuristic, grimy moving walkways and familiar odor of the Paris metro. Much was the same, but then I noticed that the usual airport security was gone, replaced by military personnel patrolling with automatic rifles.
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