Stratfor: Syrian Civil War

By Reva Bhalla, Vice President of Global Analysis, Stratfor International diplomats will gather Jan. 22 in the Swiss town of Montreux to hammer out a settlement designed to end Syria’s three-year civil war. The conference, however, will be far removed from the reality on the Syrian battleground. Only days before the conference was scheduled to …

Stratfor: Letter from Tangier

By Reva Bhalla, vice president of Global Analysis, Stratfor Morocco rarely figures into international news headlines these days, something of a virtue in this restive part of the world. The term Maghreb, which translates as “land of the setting sun,” eventually came to denote a stretch of land starting in the Western Sahara and running …

Stratfor: U.S. – Iranian Dialogue in Obama’s Second Term

By Reva Bhalla, Vice President of Global Affairs As U.S. President Barack Obama’s second-term foreign policy team begins to take shape, Iran remains unfinished business for the U.S. administration. The diplomatic malaise surrounding this issue over the past decade has taken its toll on Washington and Tehran. Even as the United States and Iran are …

Stratfor: The Israeli Periphery

By Reva Bhalla, Vice President of Global Affairs The state of Israel has a basic, inescapable geopolitical dilemma: Its national security requirements outstrip its military capabilities, making it dependent on an outside power. Not only must that power have significant military capabilities but it also must have enough common ground with Israel to align its …

Stratfor: Turkey’s Challenge and the Syrian Negotiation

By Reva Bhalla, Vice President of Global Affairs Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zubi harshly criticized the Turkish government early last week over Ankara’s proposal that an interim government succeed the al Assad regime, saying that “Turkey isn’t the Ottoman Sultanate; the Turkish Foreign Ministry doesn’t name custodians in Damascus, Mecca, Cairo and Jerusalem.” Being the spokesman for …