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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

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.

Mar 1, 2016

Stratfor Eurasia analyst Eugene Chausovsky explains the layers of diplomacy surrounding the crisis in Ukraine and how to unravel the tangled politics between Russia and the West involving that conflict. Meanwhile, Asia-Pacific analyst Thomas Vien delves into the message behind a spate of apparent Chinese renditions, and security expert Fred Burton offers a response to a reader about technicalities in aircraft attacks. 

Feb 1, 2016

With tensions running high in the East and South China Seas, Omar Lamrani explains the subtleties of China's counterintervention strategy. Also, security expert Fred Burton kicks off the first part of Stratfor's 20th anniversary series, "20 Ways the World Has Changed in 20 Years," with a look at five lasting impacts of the 9/11 attacks.

Jan 1, 2016

In the wake of the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attacks, security expert Scott Stewart discusses impacts to the U.S. political system. Also, Chief Intelligence Officer Jon Sather shares his top reading picks for the coming year.

Dec 1, 2015

Security analyst Scott Stewart gives his take on the Islamic State in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris, and Vice President of Analysis Reva Bhalla provides a review of Stratfor's 2015 Annual Forecast predictions, hits and misses.

Nov 1, 2015

Analyst Mark Fleming-Williams explores competing visions for the future of the European Union, and security expert Fred Burton looks back at the 1979 hostage crisis, 36 years after it began. 

Oct 1, 2015

Military analyst Paul Floyd examines the difficulties faced by military trainers in Iraq, through the lens of national and cultural identities. And Former Soviet Union analyst Lauren Goodrich discusses the Cold War art form known as Kremlinology, and how it applies to Russia today.

Sep 1, 2015

Europe analyst Adriano Bosoni explains why the geography of Greece poses a security problem for Europe and the Schengen Agreement states. Also, science and technology analyst Rebecca Keller discusses robotic bees and other innovations that could help farmers in the future.

Jul 31, 2015

In this episode of Stratfor Talks, best-selling author Fred Burton discusses the challenges of building credible intelligence sources and protecting diplomats in places like Benghazi. Also, special guest Tolga Ozyurtcu from the University of Texas at Austin discusses the intersection of geopolitics and sports.