As part of its ethos of providing creative approaches to challenges and opportunities, The Soufan Group is launching a new series called IntelThink. These pieces aim to provide busy readers looking for quick answers with an engaging reason to slow down and begin searching instead for what Einstein referred to as the elegant question, those that will lead directly to the most meaningful answers...
Egypt’s current political crisis begs four decisive geopolitical questions: 1. Does the opportunity to vote render a political outcome truly democratic, even for a referendum that arose from a drafting process that was decidedly undemocratic? 2. Will this referendum protect Islamist gains of the revolution? 3. Will this referendum protect the reason for the revolution? 4. Will this referendum prevent the return of a "pharaoh-president?"
Rapid changes to the global economy, increasingly sophisticated information technology, and the need to exploit new and evolving markets require prompt response and effective prediction methodologies from business leaders...
The connection between war and morality remains a vexing concept to grasp both theoretically and pragmatically...
Qatar will continue to use its ample financial resources to further regional strategic goals that are mostly aligned with those of the United States. However, in some cases Qatar's support for Islamist movements and factions will run counter to U.S. efforts to promote secular democracy throughout the region...