Stratfor: Protesters in Lviv Raise the Stakes in Ukraine’s Crisis

from Stratfor As the standoff in Independence Square continues in Kiev, the western part of Ukraine has added a more serious element to the country’s internal struggle. On Wednesday, several administration buildings were taken over by protesters in the west, including in Khmelnytskyi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Uzhhorod and Ternopil. Meanwhile, demonstrators from an opposition group called People’s Rada in Lviv, …

Stratfor: Iranian Navy in a Symbolic Show of Force in the Atlantic

from Stratfor Tehran announced Feb. 8 that it had dispatched a frigate and a supply ship to the North Atlantic Ocean, where they will approach U.S. maritime borders. This is not the first time the Iranians have announced their intent to deploy naval vessels close to the United States. Iran made two such declarations in 2011 but never …

China Analysis: The Paradox of South China Sea Naval Strategy

Guest Post by Rodger Baker and Zhixing Zhang, Stratfor Editor’s Note: Econintersect has periodically posted in it’s news blog the confrontations in the South China Sea.  This Stratfor analysis fills in the some of the blanks in knowledge. Over the past decade, the South China Sea has become one of the most volatile flashpoints in …