Trade Wars, Real Wars, China and America

The accuracy of a media narrative depends on the motives of the agency that spins it. After previewing the week ahead, Jacob L. Shapiro and Cole Altom dissect Chinese media to get a sense of China’s military ambitions – and explain why Beijing has a lot of work to do before it can supplant Washington as the world’s leading power. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

But Why Not the Maldives?

Why do we write about Romania but not Rwanda? Why don’t we cover the successes and failures of SpaceX? Director of Analysis Jacob L. Shapiro and Managing Editor Cole Altom return to talk about the things that don’t quite make it into our analytic framework. Sign up here for free updates on topics like these.

The State of the Islamic State

Director of Analysis Jacob L. Shapiro and Managing Editor Cole Altom discuss one of the more brutal jihadist groups the Middle East has ever seen. For a deeper look, get the full report: The Rise and Fall of the Islamic State.

Turkey’s Invasion of Afrin

Jacob Shapiro and Xander Snyder discuss the short and long-term strategic implications of Turkey’s invasion.

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What’s Going on in Iran?

Allison Fedirka and Xander Snyder discuss the evolution of the most recent protests in Iran. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

The Islamic State in Afghanistan

Dec. 29, 2017 Kamran Bokhari and Xander Snyder discuss the Islamic State’s presence in Afghanistan and its implications for South and Central Asia. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

2017 Annual Report Card Highlights

Dec. 21, 2017 This week, GPF released our 2017 Report Card, complete with results on our forecasts from across the globe. Xander Snyder and Jacob L. Shapiro dive in to review our hits and our misses. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

Fighting More Familiar Enemies in the Middle East

Dec. 15, 2017 Xander Snyder and Kamran Bokhari explain how traditional rivalries are returning now that the Islamic State is in decline. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

The Geopolitics of Jerusalem

Dec. 8, 2017 Jacob L. Shapiro and Kamran Bokhari discuss why the Trump administration is moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and the implications for the Middle East. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

The State of Central Asia

Nov. 30, 2017 Allison Fedirka and Xander Snyder explain the importance of this often overlooked region. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

What’s Going on in Saudi Arabia?

Nov. 16, 2017 Jacob L. Shapiro and Xander Snyder discuss the frenzy of developments in Saudi Arabia. Later, they explain why a tiny region in Georgia is back in the news. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

Geopolitical Theories

Nov. 9, 2017 Jacob L. Shapiro and Xander Snyder review three political theories being discussed in the media, and what to look for when making historical analogies. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.