Stratfor: Gaza, Catalonia and Romantic Nationalism

By George Friedman Last week was spent obsessed with Gaza. In the end, nothing changed. A war was fought without an Israeli ground assault but with massive air and rocket attacks on both sides. Israel did not have the appetite and perhaps the power to crush Hamas. Hamas did not have the power to compel …

Stratfor: Regrouping American Foreign Policy

By George Friedman President Barack Obama has won re-election. However, in addition to all of the constraints on him that I discussed last week, he won the election with almost half the people voting against him. His win in the Electoral College was substantial¬†— and that’s the win that really matters — but the popular …

Stratfor: Salafism and Arab Democratization

By Kamran Bokhari, Vice President of Middle Eastern & South Asian Affair The outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011 brought significant attention to groups — known as Islamists —¬†seeking to establish Islamic states in countries once ruled by secular autocrats. The bulk of this attention went to already established political groups such as the …