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Jun 26, 2017

In this episode of the Stratfor Podcast, Stratfor Chief Security Officer Fred Burton sits down with Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker to discuss the geopolitical realities behind North Korea’s nuclear standoff. From weapons development to alleged assassination plots and the constraints facing both the United States’ and China’s efforts to intervene, they look at where things stand right now and where they’re going in the near future.

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Related Reading at Stratfor Worldview:

Coping With A Nuclear North Korea, a new theme on Stratfor Worldview 

North Korea: American’s Death Adds Layer of Complexity to Diplomatic Attempts

North Korea’s Drama Masks South Korea’s Political Complexity 

Stratfor’s 2017 Third-Quarter Forecast for the Asia-Pacific 

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Jun 15, 2017

In this episode of the Stratfor Podcast, we take a look at the generational forces driving recent protests across Russia. To put those protest movements in context, we’ll look at the cultural, technological and especially demographic forces at play with Stratfor Senior Eurasia Analyst Eugene Chausovsky.

Chausovsky recently authored an insightful analysis on the topic for Stratfor Worldview, our premier digital publication. More than 25-years after the fall of the Soviet Union, this new generation is coming of age across Eurasia, the region it once dominated, and challenging Russia’s long-standing influence there.

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Related Reading at Stratfor Worldview:

In Eurasia, a New Generation Challenges Russia’s Dominance 

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In Russia, Protests Demonstrate a Fundamental Change  

The Fight for Russia’s Borderlands, one of the themes we cover in detail at Stratfor Worldview 

Jun 2, 2017

In this episode of the Stratfor Podcast, we explore the geopolitics of baseball with Professors Tolga Ozyurtcu and Thomas Hunt from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin, regular contributors to Stratfor Worldview’s series on the geopolitics of sports.

They’ll be joined by Stratfor Senior Analyst Matthew Bey as they discuss the global spread of the sport and the underlying stories from imperialist expansions to subtle resistance and the evolution of the game itself.

Have a question or comment for the Stratfor podcast? Leave us a message and we may include your comment in a future episode. You can leave a message for our podcast team at 1-512-744-4300 x 3917 or email us at podcast@stratfor.com.

Related Reading at Stratfor Worldview:

Introducing the Geopolitics of Sports 

How Japan Got Baseball

The Politics of Pageantry

Sports: America’s Well-Kept Socialist Secret 

May 23, 2017

As the long brewing crisis in Venezuela evolves, Stratfor Latin America Analyst Reggie Thompson joins the podcast to offer some context on exactly how things are changing in Venezuela and what that country’s future looks like.

Then from Venezuela, we’ll turn to China and a conversation between VP of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker and Senior East Asia Analyst Zhixing Zhang about her latest series on Stratfor Worldview. It’s a four-part series exploring the underlying motivations behind China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative and the challenges China will face going ahead.

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RELATED READING AT STRATFOR WORLDVIEW:

How Venezuela’s Protests are Different This Time Around

Explore all analysis related to the theme “Venezuela Unraveling” on Stratfor Wolrdview 

China Paves the Way for a New Silk Road 

For China, All Roads (and Belts) Lead to Europe

Apr 28, 2017

Two-decades after Stratfor began forecasting the geopolitical trends shaping our world, we now take a giant step forward with the introduction of Stratfor Worldview, the next generation Stratfor experience.

Worldview introduces an innovative, new user experience that compels readers to dig deeper into global affairs with enhanced analyses, living forecasts, interactive graphics, community forums and new global themes and topics that lift the veil on Stratfor’s underlying methodology and allow members to focus on what’s most important to them and their organizations.

To learn more about Stratfor Worldview, we sit down with Stratfor CEO Dave Sikora, Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon, Editor-in-Chief David Judson and Chief Product Officer Ken Maranian in this podcast. We’ll discuss why Worldview is unique, explore what’s new and explain why we believe unbiased analysis and forecasting grounded in the study of geopolitics is more important today than ever before.

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Experience Stratfor Worldview 

Announcement: Stratfor Launches Worldview, Revolutionizes Access to Geopolitical Intelligence, Analysis and Forecasting

Letter from the CEO: Introducing Stratfor Worldview

Apr 25, 2017

Following the results of the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday, April 23rd, Stratfor senior analysts sat down for a live webcast to examine the results and explore what’s ahead for France and the European Union as a whole. In addition to their discussion, they also took live questions from the online audience.

For this episode of the Stratfor podcast, we bring you that entire conversation with Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon in our Austin, Texas headquarters, Senior Europe Analyst Adriano Bosoni in Barcelona, Europe & Economy Analyst Mark Fleming-Williams in London and Senior Analyst Sim Tack in Belgium.

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The French Conundrum  

Stratfor’s 2017 Second-Quarter Forecast 

What France’s Election Will Mean for Its Former Colonies 

Apr 14, 2017

Beneath the headlines about Brexit, Russian efforts to expand its area of influence and the latest news from the White House lies an evolving story that has shaped the direction of the international system for generations. That’s the story of global trade.

From NAFTA to TPP and beyond, in this episode of the Stratfor podcast we explore the future of global trade with Stratfor Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon, Global Analyst Matthew Bey, Economy Analyst Mark Fleming-Williams and Science and Technology Analyst Rebecca Keller.

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RELATED READING:

Trade Negotiations Sow Seeds of Doubt for U.S. Agriculture

Stratfor’s 2017 Second-Quarter Forecast

Washington Tests A New Tool To Counter Alleged Trade Manipulation


Setting the Tone in U.S. - China Relations

Mar 3, 2017

With the fate of Europe’s common currency and the potential for another referendum on EU membership in the balance, France prepares to hold its highly contested general election. Stratfor Senior Europe Analyst Adriano Bosoni joins the podcast to explore the underlying forces at play in the French elections and what they could mean for Europe’s economic future.

Then Stratfor Senior Eurasia Analyst Lauren Goodrich and Europe Analyst Mark Fleming-Williams dissect Russian efforts to influence the outcome of elections in general and the upcoming French election in particular. We’ll also look at how the French are responding.

And Stratfor Chief Product Officer Ken Maranian comes by with a preview of what we can expect when the next generation Stratfor experience is unveiled this Spring.

Have a question or comment for the Stratfor podcast? Leave us a message and we may include your comment in a future episode. You can leave a message for our podcast team at 1-512-744-4300 x 3917 or email us at podcast@stratfor.com.

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The Eurozone Plans for the Worst 

A Storm is Brewing Over Europe

The State of Economic Unions After the Brexit

New Global Themes and Topics Coming to Stratfor.com

Feb 17, 2017

Fake news, biased reporting, propaganda and questions about the legitimacy of information continue to cloud political and public discourse on the key developments now shaping our world. Amid those controversies, Stratfor Editor-in-Chief David Judson sits down with Jay Ogilvy, chairman of our Board of Contributors, to discuss the idea of Post Truth and how we can cut through the noise to gain truly valuable perspective on the current international environment in the latest episode of the Stratfor Talks podcast.

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Alternative Facts in a Post-Truth World?

A Truth About “Post-Truth”

Stratfor: The Test of Being a Rorschach Test

Feb 2, 2017

As Iraqi forces prepare along the eastern shore of the Tigris river for the next phase in the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State, Stratfor Senior Military Analyst Omar Lamrani, Senior Analyst Sim Tack and Middle East and North Africa Analyst Emily Hawthorne return to the Stratfor Talks podcast to discuss the fight ahead and more importantly, the geopolitical challenges that will follow.

Then in part two of the podcast, Stratfor’s Faisel Pervaiz sits down with Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker to discuss how geopolitical analysis and forecasting can help businesses succeed.

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RELATED READING:

The Battle for Mosul

Satellite Imagery: The Islamic State Wreaks Havoc on Mosul’s Bridges 

The Islamic State in 2017: Rotting From The Outside In

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Jan 23, 2017

The Soviet Union collapsed 25-years ago, but Russia today is now reasserting itself on the international stage. To learn more about developments in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union and a look at what’s ahead, Stratfor Senior Eurasia Analyst Lauren Goodrich joins the Stratfor Talks podcast.

Then Stratfor Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst Stephen Rakowski answers one of our listener questions about challenges to economic development in Africa and South Asia Analyst Faisel Pervaiz returns to the podcast to explain how Pakistan’s geography continues to shape that nation’s foreign policy.

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RELATED READING:

From Red to Silver: The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Soviet Union

Stratfor 2017 Annual Forecast: Sub-Saharan Africa  

Stratfor 2017 Annual Forecast: South Asia

The Hunt for Russia’s Next Enemy

 

 

Jan 12, 2017

When President-elect Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States on January 20, a massive, multi-agency effort will roll out across Washington D.C. to ensure inauguration security. To get a sense of what that security effort looks like, Stratfor Chief Security Officer Fred Burton joins the Stratfor Talks podcast to share his experience having worked on security details for past presidential inaugurations. Then Stratfor Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker and Senior Analyst Sim Tack discuss military options to address North Korea’s nuclear program and what the implications of a military strike would be.

Have a question or comment for the Stratfor Talks podcast? Leave us a message and we may include your comment in a future episode. You can reach Stratfor Talks at 1-512-744-4300 x 3917. You can also email us at podcast@stratfor.com.

RELATED READING:

Inauguration Day: A Marvel of Security Cooperation 

Assessing the North Korea Hazard

The U.S. Weighs Its Nuclear Options 

North Korea: A Problem Without a Solution

 

 

Dec 19, 2016
2016 proved to be a particularly interesting year on the geopolitical stage. As Stratfor said last year in our annual forecast, "the defining events of 2016 will raise apprehension around the world, leading into what will likely be an even more tumultuous 2017 as an array of developing conflicts comes into sharper focus." To delve deeper into what happened, where things stand and what lies ahead, Stratfor Vice President for Global Analysis Reva Goujon returns to the podcast to discuss our scorecard for 2016. As guest host Cole Altom says, the passage of time is the ultimate vindication so we'll look at lessons learned, Stratfor's unique methodology and a peek at the year ahead.
 
Then Vice President for Africa Operations Mark Schroeder answers one of our listener questions about the relationship between South Africa and the rest of the continent and Evan Rees from Stratfor's editorial team highlights some of our picks from this year's holiday gift guide.
 
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Dec 6, 2016

December 7 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In this special edition of the Stratfor Talks podcast, host Ben Sheen interviews three analysts about issues and trends related to the attack that continue to unfold. Senior Military Analyst Omar Lamrani explores the evolution of Japan as a maritime power since the end of World War II. Then we examine the ongoing trend of Japanese normalization with Stratfor Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker. And Senior Analyst Sim Tack looks at the nature of and challenges posed by strategic intelligence failures from Pearl Harbor to today.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor: The Attack That Cost Japan Its Empire

Forecasting Japan: China Rises

 

 

Nov 30, 2016

From waves of migration to Brexit and an ever evolving political landscape, 2016 challenged the very foundation of the European Union. At the beginning of the year, Stratfor forecasted European fragmentation as a key trend that would shape global developments. In the latest episode of the Stratfor Talks podcast, Stratfor analysts Adriano Bosoni and Mark Fleming-Williams explore what the future of Europe will look like going forward.

Then in part two of the podcast, Stratfor Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon and Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker examine how demographics can help indicate the potential economic success of a nation, highlighting current demographics in Japan as a case study.

RELATED READING:

Stratfor’s 2016 Annual Forecast

Europe Needs More Than Merkel
 
Inflation Makes a Comeback in the Global Economy 
 
Metabolizing Japan, the World’s Oldest Nation
Nov 16, 2016

On November 8, the United States elected Donald Trump as its next president. President-elect Trump does not officially take office until January 20, 2017, but the question of what a Trump presidency could mean for U.S. foreign policy is already circling the globe. Two of Stratfor’s lead analysts, Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon and Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker, sit down to discuss that very question and offer some context for this ongoing conversation in the latest episode of the Stratfor Talks podcast.

Then Deputy Editor Lynn Wise speaks with Stratfor Senior Eurasia Analyst Lauren Goodrich about the role geography plays in Russia’s historical pattern of expansion and contraction.

Have a question or comment for the Stratfor Talks podcast? Leave us a message and we may include your comment in a future episode. You can reach Stratfor Talks at 1-512-744-4300 x 3917. You can also email us at podcast@stratfor.com.

 

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A Simple Tool for Understanding the Trump Presidency

An Asian Perspective on the U.S. Elections

 

Negotiating NAFTA’s Future

Russia Falls Into Old Habits

 
Nov 1, 2016

Disruptive technologies can potentially lead to major geopolitical shifts. In the latest Stratfor Talks podcast, Science and Technology Analyst Rebecca Keller looks at several emerging fields and how they may reshape current global trends. Then Senior Analyst Sim Tack sits down to discuss Strafor’s Focal Point series of satellite imagery and how it contributes to Stratfor’s broader strategic intelligence analysis.

Have a question or comment for the Stratfor Talks podcast? Leave us a message and we may include your comment in a future episode. You can reach Stratfor Talks at 1-512-744-4300 x 3917. You can also email us at podcast@stratfor.com.
 

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Disruptive Technology: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants 

The Rise of Manufacturing Marks the Fall of Globalization

 
 
Focal Point: A Glimpse Into the Battle for Mosul
Oct 14, 2016

As the battle to retake the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State fast approaches, Stratfor Senior Analyst Sim Tack sits down with Senior Military Analyst Omar Lamrani and Middle East and North Africa Analyst Emily Hawthorne to discuss what the battle will look like and why the fight against the Islamic State isn’t the only concern for forces on the ground. Then host Ben Sheen explores the commercial potential of Hyperloop transportation with Stratfor Science and Technology Analyst Rebecca Keller.

Have a question or comment for the Stratfor Talks podcast? Leave us a message and we may include your comment in a future episode. You can reach Stratfor Talks at 1-512-744-4300 x 3917. You can also email us at podcast@stratfor.com.

 

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Iraqi Security Forces Inch Closer to Mosul

Stratfor Fourth-Quarter Forecast: Middle East & North Africa

The Hype Surrounding Hyperloop

Russia’s Search for Foreign Investment

 

Oct 4, 2016

With one month remaining before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Stratfor Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon highlights the challenges the next president will face, regardless of who wins in November. Then Stratfor Vice President of Tactical Analysis Scott Stewart sits down to discuss Stratfor Threat Lens™, a new customizable, global threat intelligence solution to help corporate security leaders identify, anticipate and mitigate risks to their people, assets and interests around the world.

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RELATED READING:

To the Future President of the United States by Reva Goujon

If We Covered the U.S. Election by Rodger Baker

Learn more about Stratfor Threat Lens™

Sep 20, 2016

Stratfor Senior Eurasia Analyst Lauren Goodrich looks back on Russia’s September 18 parliamentary elections and what’s ahead for Russia. Also, Editor-in-Chief David Judson discusses his new column, Stratforium, and the difference between journalism and Stratfor’s geopolitical intelligence and analysis.

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Sep 2, 2016

Reflecting back on the 2016 Olympic games, Stratfor Senior Eurasia Analyst Lauren Goodrich and Latin America Analyst Reggie Thompson are joined by Dr. Tommy Hunt and Dr. Tolga Ozyurtcu from The University of Texas at Austin Department of Kinesiology and Health Education for a roundtable on the intersection of geopolitics and sports. Also, host Ben Sheen speaks with Stratfor CEO Dave Sikora about some recent updates and upcoming news for Stratfor.com.

Jul 22, 2016

Stratfor Vice President of East Asia Analysis Rodger Baker explains the Permanent Court of Arbitration's recent ruling on the South China Sea and what it means for maritime law.

Jun 1, 2016

Stratfor military analyst Sim Tack discusses a wargame exercise involving a U.S. strike against North Korea's nuclear facilities -- and what it could cost on both sides. Also, Fred Burton takes us behind the scenes of the U.S. presidential election cycle, with a look at Secret Service protection for candidates.

May 5, 2016

South Asia analyst Faisel Pervaiz explains the battle between secularism and religious law that has shaped Pakistan's past and now impacts its present. Also, Chief Intelligence Officer Jon Sather discusses five ways that technology has changed the field of intelligence work since 1996 -- another installment in Stratfor's 20th anniversary occasional series. And Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon explains Russia's strategy in Syria, in response to a reader request.

Apr 4, 2016

Latin America analyst Reggie Thompson explains the dual efforts underway to rid Venezuela of President Nicolas Maduro-- and why the country faces a long road back toward functional stability. Also, Sim Tack gives a verbal tour of his home country, Belgium, to provide political and security context for the March 22 terrorist attacks in Brussels.

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