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SnapshotsAug 5, 2020 | 19:36 GMT
An Explosion Risks Razing Lebanon’s Last Shreds of Stability
A massive explosion in Beirut will intensify already potent popular anger at the Lebanese government and contribute to political infighting, even as it opens the door for much-needed humanitarian aid in the near term. The catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut sent a shockwave miles through the surrounding area, destroying thousands of homes and buildings. The blast has so far killed over 100 people while injuring thousands more. Available evidence about the nature of the explosion aligns with the government's account of the accident, pointing at gross negligence that will elicit anger at authorities. The damage to Lebanon's most critical port, even if temporary, will also exacerbate the country's existing food and supply shortages.
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SnapshotsJun 26, 2020 | 20:08 GMT
With a Raid, Iraq Asserts Its Authority Over Iran-Backed Militias
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is signaling that his new government will keep powerful Iran-backed militias in the country in check after conducting a raid against Kataib Hezbollah, the group linked to numerous attempted attacks against U.S. forces over the past year. On the evening of June 25, Iraqi security forces raided a building belonging to the Iran-backed group, which resulted in the arrests of several Kataib Hezbollah leaders and members, as well as the seizure of multiple rockets. In retaliation, militia members threatened to overrun Iraq’s Counter Terrorism Service building where the detained Kataib Hezbollah members were being held, placing Baghdad’s surrounding Green Zone under lockdown. Overnight negotiations between Kataib Hezbollah leaders and the Iraqi government have since resulted in the release of most of the militia members arrested during the raid. The government’s willingness to quickly deescalate the situation indicates Baghdad’s desire to assert its authority over Iran-backed
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GuidanceApr 27, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
Members of Hezbollah’s medical apparatus wear full protective gear in Beirut, Lebanon, to demonstrate their readiness for the COVID-19 fight on March 31, 2020. 
Hezbollah's Soft Power Play Amid COVID-19
Hezbollah is spearheading some of Lebanon’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which the central government has struggled to handle. Successful efforts to contain and manage the virus could increase the Iran-backed militant group’s popularity and political power in Lebanon, which has taken a hit in recent years. A more empowered Hezbollah, however, would draw even more ire and pressure from the United States, and could potentially raise the risk for another conflict with Israel.
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AssessmentsApr 6, 2020 | 19:35 GMT
An image of cracked, painted picture of the U.S. and Iraqi flags illustrates the two countries' decaying relationship due to Washington's ongoing pressure campaign and proxy battle against Iran.  
The U.S. Strategy in Iraq Could Come Back to Bite
Iraq has become a hot theater for escalating U.S.-Iran tensions, with Iran-backed Iraqi militias attempting to force U.S. military forces out of the country via ongoing attacks. The United States has responded by repositioning its troops instead of withdrawing them, highlighting its continued priority of ensuring Iraqi stability. But against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis, Washington’s intensified pressure campaign against Iran’s regional proxies and economic ties risk backfiring by throwing Iraq deeper into chaos.
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AssessmentsMar 6, 2020 | 17:32 GMT
An image showing Lebanese pounds.
Lebanon's Impending Debt Default
Lebanon is highly likely to default on a $1.2 billion, 10-year eurobond that matures March 9. Even if it makes that payment, the country's finances are near collapse. When that happens it will accelerate a crisis in the country's insolvent banking sector, probably deepening its ongoing currency crisis and setting off a downward economic spiral threatening social and political stability.
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PodcastsFeb 24, 2020 | 21:49 GMT
'The Spy Who Couldn't Spell,' With Author Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
In this episode of Stratfor's Pen and Sword Podcast, Stratfor Chief Security Officer Fred Burton speaks with author Yudhijit Bhattacharjee about his book, "The Spy Who Couldn't Spell." "The Spy Who Couldn't Spell" tells the story of a disgruntled and dyslexic FBI employee-turned-traitor named Brian Regan. In vivid detail, the book recounts Regan's many brilliant yet bungled attempts to betray his country, and the FBI's hunt to uncover his villainy before he revealed the United States' top secrets. Join us as Bhattacharjee discusses the unusual spy case, and how it reflects the pernicious world of espionage at the turn of the 21st century.
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AssessmentsFeb 18, 2020 | 20:15 GMT
This photo shows Iran's successful test launch of its Qiam-1 ballistic missile
What’s Driving Iran to Build a Better Missile
Greater attention will be given to Iran's missile and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programs from now on. The September drone attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities in Saudi Arabia and the January missile attack on two military bases in Iraq that left 109 U.S. military members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries highlighted Iran's increased willingness to use its missile and UAV arsenal for tactical and strategic objectives.
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PodcastsFeb 14, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept
In this episode of Stratfor's Pen and Sword podcast, Stratfor Chief Security Officer Fred Burton sits down with Robert Spalding, a retired brigadier general with the U.S. Air Force. In his new book, Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept, Spalding explains how China has been working to steadily undermine U.S. democratic systems from within. Listen in as Spalding shares why he believes it's time to fight back against the covert war China has been waging against the United States. 
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SnapshotsFeb 12, 2020 | 23:05 GMT
Lebanon's New Government Steels Itself for Painful Reforms
In Lebanon, there's no rest for the weary. After finally winning a confidence vote on Feb. 11 to formally take office, Lebanon's new government must immediately turn its attention to a very pressing task: implementing cost-cutting measures to unlock external support funds that will be critical if the country is to exit its worst economic crisis in 15 years. Hassan Diab's government overcame popular anger to win a vote of confidence in parliament. Now, it'll face greater fury in trying to solve Lebanon's economic woes.
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