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Israel and Iran Signal Escalation in Syrian Civil War

cc Flickr U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Tensions left to simmer for most of the war are now boiling over as Israel grapples with the possibility of a long-term Iranian presence in southern Syria.

Global Forecast (01-24-2018)


Erdogan threatens to expand Turkey’s campaign against Syria’s Kurds, China mulls SOE reform (again), and a grassroots upsurge in the SPD calls German coalition talks into question.

Water Conflict: Will a Drying Iran Face Syria’s Fate?

Iran's disappearing Lake Urmia from space in 2016. Photo credit: This image or video was catalogued by Johnson Space Center of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under Photo ID: ISS049-E-3471.

Iran is showing the same water strains that helped to destabilize Syria ahead of the civil war.

Turkish Offensive against the Kurdish Enclave of Afrin

The United States Marine Corps provide fire support to the SDF during the Battle of Raqqa., public domain, USMC

Turkish forces have launched an operation against the Kurdish-majority enclave of Afrin, marking a new chapter in the Syrian civil war.

Geopolitics Has Caused the Oil Price Rally

Oilplatform, cc Flickr Enrico Strocchi, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Any rally that deviates from the laws of supply and demand is destined to be short-lived, and oil prices are no exception.

Global Forecast (01-16-2018)


Andrej Babiš’ government is toppled in the Czech Republic, Washington follows through on its threat against the Palestinians, and Canada prepares to raise interest rates.

Interview: Anton Salman on the Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Mayor Anton salman Photo

Anton Salman, the mayor of Bethlehem, in his first interview in 2018: starting from the “Siege of the Nativity church,” passing through Donald Trump’s declaration about Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, ending with the future of Palestine.

Outlook 2018: Energy Prices


Will the energy market of 2018 take its cues from the bearish 2016, or the bullish 2017?

Outlook 2018: The Year in Drought


Droughts disrupted food production and spurred migration and conflict worldwide in 2017. Will 2018 be any different?

Revisiting Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation

Hamas rally 2007, cc Wikicommons Hoheit (¿!), modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yasin_Rantisi_Hamas_Wahlkampf.jpg

Will the Jerusalem embassy move be boon or bane to Hamas-Fatah reconciliation?

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