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The United Arab Emirates have used the Eritrean port of Assab as a base for its operations in Yemen. Construction on a new base northwest of the city indicates it will maintain a longer-term presence in the region.
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Even if the issues surrounding the interim president are resolved quickly, President Park Geun Hye's #impeachment comes at an inopportune time for #South Korea.
The proceedings will not make it any easier for Seoul to turn the South Korean economy around.
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Forecasting the future of currencies is a notoriously risky business.
The currency's value has created a gloomy outlook for many next year, especially in emerging markets.
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The Naval Update Map shows the approximate current locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups, based on available open-source information. This week, the #USS #Bataan is underway in the #Atlantic Ocean for a #Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (MEUEX). The USS John C. #Stennis is underway in the #Pacific Ocean on a scheduled port visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in conjunction with the 75th National #PearlHarbor Remembrance Day Commemoration. And #Russia's #Admiral #Kuznetsov is underway in the #Mediterranean Sea conducting operations in #Syria.
This map shows the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups.
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If enough countries were to move away from using the dollar to conduct interactions, a clamor might grow for an alternative global reserve.
Among Erdogan's ideas to bolster the lira include a concept that, if it works, could lead to a new global reserve.
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Guatemala's impressive diversity has made the country difficult to govern, and has created a perfect breeding ground for the criminal groups that have found refuge in the country's hinterlands.
The capital city is simply too distant and disconnected from the country's lawless border regions to effectively govern them.
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The states that lie between #Russia and #Europe will no doubt feel the impact of the #political upsets occurring outside their #borders. Countries that once belonged to the #Soviet Union have watched the changes underway with growing unease, and they are likely re-evaluating their stances toward the competing giants looming on their eastern and western flanks. All of them, from those in Eastern Europe to those in the #Caucasus, will have to prepare for a new #geopolitical environment in which Russia may no longer be able to be ignored and the #West may no longer be able to be counted on.
Eastern European and Eurasian states will have to fend for themselves.
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By almost any measure, WTO accession revolutionized the Chinese economy, but the revolution is incomplete.
Not all WTO members agree that Beijing has built a market economy.
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Deploying Chechen forces in the field in Syria could bolster President Ramzan Kadyrov's international cachet.
The units will guard a Russian airfield and government-controlled areas of Aleppo.
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When it comes to claiming attacks, the Islamic State seems to believe in the old advertising adage that there's no such thing as bad #publicity. The group apparently feels that the very mention of its involvement in an #attack, successful or otherwise, will serve to fuel public #panic — a strategy that has proved effective. One such example is a recent attack in Ohio. Just after 10 a.m. on Nov. 28, an 18-year-old student named Abdul Razak Ali #Artan drove onto the #Ohio State #University #campus where he was enrolled. Running his #vehicle over a curb, Artan struck a group of #pedestrians then exited the #car and began attacking passersby with a large #knife. About a minute into the incident, a responding university #police officer shot and killed the #assailant.
Overplaying the threat can be just as dangerous as underplaying it.
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Over the past 15 months, the United Arab Emirates has been building up its #military #infrastructure in #Eritrea. But its activities in the African nation are only one part of a larger pattern of Gulf Cooperation Council (#GCC) states expanding their military involvement in the region. As a member of the Saudi-led #coalition engaged in the #Yemeni conflict, the United Arab Emirates has conducted operations from the Eritrean #port of #Assab. Currently, the Emirati military is working to complete a military #facility northwest of the city, the size of which is clearly evident in #satellite photos Stratfor has obtained from AllSource Analysis. It reveals the ambitions of Abu Dhabi and its #Gulf allies to step up their regional military presence.
Satellite imagery shows that the United Arab Emirates will soon be part of a small group of countries that maintain military bases abroad.
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It has been 75 years since #Japan launched its surprise attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor, and in that time, the raid has lived in the infamy that #President Franklin D. #Roosevelt described. The events that unfolded on Dec. 7, 1941, have been the subject of intense scrutiny and countless rehashings through the years, noted as much for their #military #tactics as for their role in drawing the United States into World War II. But just as important as the attack and its aftermath are the dynamics that preceded them. Though the strike on the #Hawaiian #naval base came as a shock to the United States, it did not come without warning. For those of us in the business of forecasting, Pearl Harbor offers a sobering case study on the shortcomings of intelligence and prediction.
The attack on Pearl Harbor came as a shock to the United States, but it did not come without warning.
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