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AssessmentsOct 14, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
This picture taken on Aug. 25, 2019, from a tourist lookout point at an Israeli army outpost on Mount Bental in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows a directional sign for Damascus.
For Israel, It's Open Skies Over Syria and Iraq
Syria and Iraq are facing a common conundrum in their respective skies: a persistent Israeli air campaign that has targeted Iranian and Iran-linked assets. Limitations of both countries' air defense capabilities, has given Israel free range to conduct its campaign. Now, however, they may be trying to rectify this disadvantage amid recent reports that Russia is considering the sale of high-end radar systems to unidentified Middle Eastern countries. If they made such a purchase, however, it could cause unexpected problems for Damascus and Baghdad: The systems won't be enough to completely halt the Israeli campaign, but they would pose a significant enough challenge to Israel's jets that their use could touch off a new round of conflict in the area.
SnapshotsJul 12, 2019 | 21:40 GMT
China, U.S.: Beijing Takes Aim at U.S. Defense Firms Over Taiwan
Once again, Taiwan is poised to throw a wrench into U.S.-Chinese ties. On July 12, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said China would sanction any U.S. firms that sell arms to the self-governing island, just days after the White House approved the sale of $2.2 billion in tanks, missiles and related military equipment. The arms sales include 108 General Dynamics Corp. M1A2T Abrams tanks, which are produced and serviced at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Ohio, as well as surface-to-air Stinger missiles that Raytheon Co. primarily manufactures in Tucson, Arizona.
Contributor PerspectivesMay 18, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
According to Parag Khanna, connectivity has replaced the old Westphalian world of borders with a "supply chain world."
The Meaning of Geography Is Changing, Not Disappearing
Like so many of Stratfor's contributors, I spend a lot of time thinking about geography. In the past, I have even suggested that geography has been the main force determining the different fates of each part of the planet for the past 20,000 years. The way this works is that geography drives social development, determining what it is possible for the members of each society to do, but at the same time social development drives geography, determining what the space around us means. Geography is the reason Northwest Europe was, through most of history, a backward periphery. It was a long way away from the real cores of development, and it was sealed off from the rest of the world by an ocean that was too big and too wild to master. But in the 16th and 17th centuries, when people began building reliable oceangoing ships, the meaning of Northwest Europe's
ReflectionsOct 12, 2015 | 22:32 GMT
Russia Confronts the Gulf States on Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin chose the Formula One Russian Grand Prix in Sochi as the backdrop for a set of unavoidably uncomfortable discussions with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman and Emirati Armed Forces Supreme Commander Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nuhayyan on Sunday. Stratfor sources have indicated that the sit-downs in Sochi were much more confrontational than what has been implied in mainstream media.
AssessmentsJul 27, 2010 | 20:00 GMT
A Week in the War: Afghanistan, July 21-27, 2010
STRATFOR examines weekly developments in Afghanistan, including the ongoing WikiLeaks controversy and reports of Taliban militants using surface-to-air missiles against ISAF aircraft. (With STRATFOR map)
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