Thursday, June 15, 2017

Stratfor - Understanding the Real Threat to Oil Production in the Middle East

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The Brief


The last three weeks have brought the world's biggest oil-producing region back into the headlines. From a crisis in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to the political aftermath of a terrorist attack in Tehran, recent developments have renewed concerns that turmoil in the Middle East could cause havoc in the international oil market. angle 
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The Problem With Our Maps angleMaps shape our understanding of the world – and in an increasingly interconnected and global economy, this geographic knowledge is more important than ever.

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Stratfor Store Reports

The Geopolitics of Maritime Chokepoints  
This report explores 11 of the world's most important chokepoints, each of which plays a vital role in geopoliticsangle
Japan: A 25 Year Forecast  This report forecasts Japan’s behavior over the next two decades as the country seeks to become more assertive. angle
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