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Conversations on geopolitics, international affairs, economics and national security.
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In this episode of the Stratfor Essential geopolitics podcast, Emily Donahue speaks with Emily Hawthorne, Stratfor's Middle East and North Africa analyst. Hawthorne identifies drought in the Maghreb region - especially in Morocco - as an economically destabilizing force that could have major political impact in a region heavily reliant on agriculture.  Subscribers to Stratfor Worldview can read forecasts and analysis of the region. Podcast listeners get a special rate at stratfor.com/podcastoffer.
In this episode of the Essential Geopolitics podcast from Stratfor, a RANE company, Emily Donahue speaks to Thomas Abi-Hanna about an ongoing shadow war in the Middle East and why it is connected to cyber attacks on Israel and explosions in Iran. Subscribers to Stratfor Worldview can read full coverage and analysis of the region. For podcast listeners there is a special subscription rate. 
In this episode of the Stratfor Essential Geopolitics podcast from RANE, Emily Donahue speaks with Stratfor Latin American Analyst, Cesar Martinez. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) launched in July, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While the pandemic has interrupted supply chains, Martinez says that the new agreement provides for more nimble responses to disruptors. Subscribers to Stratfor Worldview can read analysis and forecasting for the region. Podcast listeners get a special subscription rate. 
In this episode of Stratfor's Essential Geopolitics podcast, Emily Donahue speaks with Evan Rees,  Stratfor’s Asia Pacific Analyst about Hong Kong and the new national security law. The conversation covers arrests, protests, the new powers for Hong Kong authorities to crack down on opposition protests. If you would like to read Evan Rees’ geopolitical forecasts and analysis of Hong Kong, China and the region, subscribe to Stratfor Worldview. Podcast listeners get a special rate. 
In this episode of the RANE Insight podcast series, RANE’s founder and Chief Collaborative Officer David Lawrence speaks with Jim SiscoFounder and CEO of Enodo Global, a Social Risk Advisory Firm and Dr. Frederick S. Southwick, an infectious disease expert with the University of Florida.As the United States began reopening - state - by - state - from the pandemic lockdown, the number and rate of infections increased. By June, several states had surpassed previous peak infections and they nation was experiencing 40 thousand new cases a day . By the end of the month, experts including Anthony Fauci, head of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned the number of infections could rise to 100 thousand new cases a day.How did we get here? 
In this episode of the RANE Insights podcast series from RANE (Risk Assistance Network + Exchange) Emily Donahue speaks with Paul Kirsch, CEO of 4THBIN. 4THBIN a leading e-recycling solution provider that provides certified data destruction support to today’s top industries by ensuring their e-waste is sustainably and legally recycled. 4THBIN is part of the RANE network of companies - the largest and fastest growing network of experts providing cost-effective access to risk intelligence and expertise across four main categories of interconnected risk. You can learn more at ranenetwork.com.
In this Essential Geopolitics podcast from Stratfor, a RANE company, Emily Donahue speaks to Michael Monderer, senior analyst for global economics. Donahue receives an update on the global economic impacts of Covid-19, and the near-term forecast for the global economic outlook iven the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States is in the midst of a resurgence, some states are considering re-instituting lockdowns, and the economy is not looking strong. Subscribers to Stratfor Worldview. RANE's premiere geopolitical publication, can read comprehensive analysis and forecasting on this topic. Podcast listeners get a discounted subscription rate at stratfor.com/podcastoffer.
In part 2 of a two-part series on conspiracy theories, the conversation turns to how businesses can combat conspiracy theories and disinformation by planning ahead and making listening a priority. Hosted by David Lawrence, the Founder and Chief Collaborative Officer from RANE, the Risk Assistance Network + Exchange, panelists, include David Broniatowski, Director of the Decision Making and Systems Architecture Laboratory, George Washington University David conducts research in decision making under risk, group decision making, the design and analysis of complex systems, and how behaviors spread online. This research program draws upon a wide range of techniques including formal mathematical modeling, experimental design, automated text analysis and natural language processing, social and technical network analysis, and big data.Robert Ludke | Senior Consultant, ENODO Bob joined ENODO to provide strategic consultation across different topics and industries. Throughout his career, Bob has advised policymakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, taught at the U.S. International University in Nairobi, Kenya, provided counsel on strategy, reputation management, and public affairs to the largest companies in the world.Dr. Scott Shumate, Founder of Valutare Valutare is a behavior psychology consulting firm which provides risk assessments of client personnel including insider threat and pre-hire screening. Matthew Siegel, CMO and Head of Global Client Group, Aperture Investors Matthew’s career has focused on the application of new technologies and digital marketing strategies to industries undergoing transformation, primarily in media and entertainment.
In this episode of the Essential Geopolitics podcast from Stratfor, a RANE company, host Emily Donahue speaks with Stratfor Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Ryan Bohl. Israel is planning to - formally - annex disputed areas of the West bank, which it has occupied - and settled - for decades. This despite the fact that international law deems such a move illegal. They discuss why this is happening now and which parts of the West Bank is Israel thinking about annexing, as well as international reactions and the likelihood of unrest. Subscribers to Stratfor Worldview can read Bohl's geopolitical forecasts and analysis of the region. Podcast listeners get a special rate. Go to stratfor.com/podcastoffer. 
In this Episode of the RANE Insights podcast series, RANE Founder and Chief Collaborative Officer, David Lawrence convenes a roundtable of experts to discuss the origin, virality and consistency of conspiracy theories.As the COVID-19 virus has proliferated across the globe, so too has the spread of conspiracy theories purporting to explain the virus’ creation and purpose, ranging from theories about Bill Gates to the virus being a US bioweapon. Amid an environment filled with mistrust and uncertainty, the pandemic has provided a perfect breeding ground that enables niche conspiracies to circulate rapidly and even move into the mainstream, which is resulting in behavioral changes that are risking health and safety around the world. RANE experts will share their insights on why conspiracy theories go viral amid a pandemic and how to formulate corporate responses that can stem the spread of disinformation. Guests: David Broniatowski, Director of the Decision Making and Systems Architecture Laboratory, George Washington University Robert Ludke | Senior Consultant, ENODO Dr. Scott Shumate, Founder of Valutare Matthew Siegel, CMO and Head of Global Client Group, Aperture Investors
In this episode of the Essential Geopolitcs podcast series from Stratfor, a RANE company, the conversation turns to Iran's cyber warfare strategies. Emily Donahue asks Senior Global Analyst, Matthew Bey how Iran's cyber attack strategy has evolved in recent years. In recent months, Iran targeted Israel’s water and sewage facilities. Israel retaliated with its own attack on a major Iranian port. What does the move to cyber warfare mean for US businesses and allies in the region? Subscribers to Stratfor Worldview can read Matthews assessments and analysis of Iran’s cyber capabilities and much more. There’s a special subscription discount for podcast listeners at stratfor.com/podcastoffer.
In this episode of the Essential Geopolitics podcast from Stratfor, a RANE company, Emily Donahue speaks to Asia Pacific Analyst, Evan Rees. It has been a busy few weeks on the Korean Peninsula. After weeks North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un keeping a low profile, there's been several tactical and strategic maneuverings from that regime toward South Korea, and by extension, the US. Evan Rees discusses what is going on, what has provoked North Korean anger at South Korea and why is this happening now. Subscribers to Stratfor's premiere geopolitical publication, Stratfor Worldview, can read Rees' evaluations and strategic forecasting.  Podcast listeners can subscribe for a discount at stratfor.com/podcastoffer.
In this Essential Geopolitics podcast from Stratfor, a RANE company, Emily Donahue speaks with Senior European analyst, Adriano Bosoni. Most of the data coming from Europe suggests that the continent’s economic outlook is quite negative. Bosoni answers questions including: What are the continent’s main challenges in the coming months? Is Europe’s reaction to the COVID-19 crisis different from what the governments and institutions did during the financial crisis a decade ago? And whether his crisis will have political or social repercussions.  Subscribers to Stratfor Worldview can read all of Bosoni's analysis of European economies, responses to COVID-19 and more. Podcast listeners get a significantly reduced subscription rate as stratfor.com/podcastoffer.
In this episode of the Pen and Sword podcast from Stratfor, a RANE company, Emily Donahue speaks to William Craig Reed about an event that happened  twenty years ago, after the Cold War had ended, and a few months before the US and Russia sent the first crew to the international space station. The event was the explosion that sent the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk to the bottom of the Barents Sea.  William Craig Reed says the tragic accident wasn't the whole story of that event and we can learn much from what happened today. Reed is the former navy diver and fast-attack submariner, and the author of Red November. You can read original geopolitical analysis of the Kursk event, as well as the relationship between Russia, China and the U.S. today at Stratfor Worldview, the premiere geopolitical publication from RANE. Podcast listeners get a significant discount on a subscription. Go to stratfor.com/podcastoffer to subscribe.
In this episode of the Essential Geopolitics podcast from Stratfor, A RANE company, Emily Donahue speaks with Sim Tack, Senior Global analyst for Stratfor. The topic: The US has announced talks with Russia on the New START nuclear arms control treaty in Vienna on June 22. Russia had long been asking for talks to extend the treaty but the US had refused to do so --- unless a new treaty included China. What's changed? Sim Tack writes for RANE's premiere geopolitical publication, Stratfor Worldview, where you can access thousands of articles on geopolitics and security. Podcast listeners get a discounted subscription rate. Go to stratfor.com/podcast offer to sign up for full access to all our podcasts, content and videos.
In this Essential Geopolitics podcast from Stratfor, a RANE company, Emily Donahue speaks with Stratfor's Director, Global Energy and Middle East, Greg Priddy about the Saudi currency peg. As Priddy writes in his Stratfor Worldview article on the topic, "The current collapse in crude prices is again fueling questions over the durability of the hard U.S. dollar currency peg used by Saudi Arabia. Despite the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, the peg is likely to survive in the near term. But structural changes in both the global oil market and the Saudi economy means Riyadh will likely devalue its currency at some point in the next five years." Subscribers to Stratfor Worldview can read this and many more articles daily from the world's leading geopolitical intelligence team. Podcast listeners get a special offer. Go to stratfor.com/podcastoffer.
In this episode of the Pen and Sword podcast from Stratfor, a RANE company, Emily Donahue speaks with author and journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch about her book Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country. It's a wide ranging conversation about a Native American woman's search for justice. It is the story of Lissa Yellow Bird, who took on her tribe, the courts and her family to uncover the truth about a missing person. Listen free to all of Stratfor's Pen and Sword podcasts. Podcast listeners also get a special subscription rate to Stratfor Worldview: go to stratfor.com/podcastoffer.
In this episode of the Essential Geopolitics podcast from Stratfor, a RANE company, Emily Donahue speak with global security analyst, Ben West about the impact of COVID-19 and the economic crisis on social protests about racial injustice. Protests were not prompted solely by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Factors intensifying the unrest in 2020 include years of building frustration over police violence against African Americans, extremely graphic video of the initial incident and protests that beget a cycle of shared content that prompts further protests. and  pent up frustration over the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing lockdowns, and inconsistent messaging from leaders about efforts to manage the crisis. All of which contribute to social unrest. Subscribers to Stratfor Worldview can read decades of analysis of eaves of social unrest in the US as well as the global community. Podcast listeners get a subscription discount. 
In this Essential Geopolitics podcast from Stratfor, a RANE company, Global Security Analyst, Thomas Abi-Hanna, discusses what's has happened in the 20 years since Israel withdrew from Southern Lebanon. Points include: Why was Israel in Lebanon in the first place? What factors caused Israel to withdraw after 18 years?The geopolitical implications of the invasion and withdrawal for Israel, Lebanon and elsewhere?If you’d like to read Thomas’ analysis of security risks in the Middle East, subscribe to Stratfor Worldview. Podcast listeners get a special discount. 
Protests have started again in Hong Kong, after China made a big move. In this Essential Geopolitics podcast from Stratfor, A RANE Company, Asia Pacific Analyst Evan Rees speaks with Emily Donahue about why protests in Hong Kong have reignited and why the will not burn out any time soon. A hint: It's all about Taiwan. Subscribers to Stratfor Worldview can read decades of analysis of the Hong Kong / China relationship and get exclusive access to our annual and quarterly forecasts. Click here for a special offer. 
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