Thursday, October 05, 2017

Stratfor: How Do Terrorists Measure Success?

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Like natural disasters, terrorist attacks have the potential to shape human history — if they happen at the right time and at the right place. But even then, both are more likely to leave their mark by shaping larger trends than by causing radical shifts by themselves. Unlike natural disasters, the humans who orchestrate terrorist attacks have the ability to choose the time and place, and oftentimes to exploit political or societal fault lines that can accelerate trends. angle 

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Iran's Geographic Challenge
In this short geographic primer, Stratfor examines Iran's geographic position at the crossroads of the Islamic world. angle

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The Geopolitics of Natural Disasters - Free download for a limited time
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The Geopolitics of Germany
Geography has blessed Germany, the wealthiest portion of a capital-rich region, with navigable waterways and arable land. These features have helped secure Germany's place at the center of the European system for much of the past two centuries. But as this report shows, geography has also cursed Germany by leaving it exposed on the North European Plain. angle
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