Venezuela Is A Geopolitical Tinderbox

Surges of protests against a deeply unpopular government have catapulted Venezuela from back-burner regional crisis to a hemispheric one.  It's only a Russian presidential visit away from becoming the world's next geopolitical hot spot. Medical supplies are running short, opposition leaders are calling for nationwide boycotts, and now the Americans are rousing themselves to begin … Continue reading Venezuela Is A Geopolitical Tinderbox

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To Save Saudi Arabia, They Needed A Young King

By most metrics, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is running out of time.  It's finding it impossible to balance its budget after trying to wage a failed price war on shale oil.  It is lurching towards a knowledge economy but hoping that knowledge does not bring a demand for political freedom along the way.  Its … Continue reading To Save Saudi Arabia, They Needed A Young King

ISIS vs. Al-Qaeda Infighting In Idlib Province In Syria Is A Sign of Things To Come

From Reuters: A suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a gathering of jihadist rebels near the rebel-held northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on Wednesday, killing and injuring scores, rebel sources said. They said the blast ripped a textile factory where members of Hayat Tahrir al Sham, an alliance of rebel groups whose … Continue reading ISIS vs. Al-Qaeda Infighting In Idlib Province In Syria Is A Sign of Things To Come

The Weapons of Saudi’s Siege on Qatar

Anyone who's ever worked in the Gulf isn't shocked that Qatar missed a deadline.  Badiin, badiin, "later, later," in the local parlance, as yet another meeting fails to happen. In light of that, we shouldn't be so surprised that the Qatar's been given something of an extension.  Reuters reports: Four Arab states refrained on Wednesday … Continue reading The Weapons of Saudi’s Siege on Qatar