Signs of Political Instability in South Korea

Dec. 18, 2015 In addition to the precipitous decline in South Korean exports that indicate economic trouble for Seoul, there are worrying signs of political instability and stalemate in the country.

Turkish and Israeli Talks Are Underway and May Actually Lead Somewhere

Dec. 18, 2015 A regional realignment triggered by the Russians and Islamic State, and beneficial to the United States, is potentially underway.


Tajikistan, Russia and Fears of Unrest

Dec. 18, 2015 The decline of the Russian economy and weakening of the ruble have had significant impacts on Tajikistan and the governments in both countries are concerned about a possible increase in instability as a result.

A Budget Cut in Abkhazia and Russia’s Strategic Problem

Dec. 17, 2015 Sometimes a tiny bit of information on a budget cut in a place like Abkhazia reveals a great deal about the global balance of power.

Washington’s Role in Turkey-Iraq Dispute

Dec. 17, 2015 After Turkey deployed unauthorized troops to a training camp in Iraq, the U.S. has been trying to calm tensions between two countries.

Saudi Arabia’s Hollow Anti-Terrorism Coalition

Dec. 16, 2015 The Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance includes 34 Arab and Muslim states, however, is unlikely to gain any traction in the fight against global jihadism.

Syria and the Fact No One Mentions

Dec. 16, 2015 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have reached an agreement, but there’s far more to consider than just Bashar al-Assad or his regime leaving.

Merkel, Muslims and the Problem of Multiculturalism

Dec. 15, 2015 Why German Chancellor Angela Merkel called multiculturalism a sham and how Europe’s definition is different to the United States.

US Strategy Towards Russia and Turkey

Dec. 15, 2015 The U.S. is holding simultaneous high-level talks in Turkey and Russia, however, the negotiations will highlight the diverging priorities of the Americans and the regional powers in the Middle East.

The French Election and the National Front

Dec. 14, 2015 While the media is portraying the French election result as an unmitigated disaster for the National Front, we can say it was a mitigated disaster.

Italy’s Banking Woes

Dec. 14, 2015 The country may clash with the European Union over its plans to compensate some bondholders for their financial losses, following the restructuring of four small banks.

Latest Posts

Get Geopolitical Futures FREE newsletter

Understanding Our Geopolitical Model

Sign up now and receive our special report Understanding our Geopolitical Model

Get weekly analysis from New York Times bestselling author George Friedman and our global team of analysts, plus special offers.

Limited Time Offer

The Road to 2040

FREE with an annual subscription to Geopolitical Futures.

Subscribe Now