Beyond the Pale

Age of Wisdom, Age of Foolishness (18) Written by Adam Whitehead, KeySignals.com The Elephant in the European Living Room Last week the United Nations was the stage for numerous politically correct speeches, from urbane Western diplomats, ostracizing President Putin in an attempt to place him “beyond the Pale” of 21st Century civilised politics. President Putin’s …

Stratfor: Israel’s Permanent Dilemma

by George Friedman, Chairman of Stratfor [Editor’s Note: The following analysis originally ran in August 2005. We repost it today in light of the recent death of Ariel Sharon.] Israel has begun its withdrawal from Gaza. As with all other territorial withdrawals by Israel, such as that from Sinai or from Lebanon, the decision is …

Stratfor: Israel’s New Strategic Position

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Stratfor Israel has expressed serious concerns over the preliminary U.S.-Iranian agreement, which in theory will lift sanctions levied against Tehran and end its nuclear program. That was to be expected. Less obvious is why the Israeli government is concerned and how it will change Israel’s strategic position.

Stratfor: Israelis, Saudis and the Iranian Agreement

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Stratfor A deal between Iran and the P-5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) was reached Saturday night. The Iranians agreed to certain limitations on their nuclear program while the P-5+1 agreed to remove certain economic sanctions. The next negotiation, scheduled for six months from …