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Daily Intelligence Brief: Dec. 17, 2015

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Daily Intelligence Brief: Dec. 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 | 12:05 GMT

Essential Reading

The Geopolitics of Disease — With the right tools and the proper perspective, analysts can better predict where and how the next outbreak may occur.
Greece Scores Another Bitter Victory — The Greek legislature approved a package of measures to receive another bailout tranche, but more substantial reforms will come in January.
No Peace Without Unity in Afghanistan — Despite recent gains, infighting within the Taliban prevents the group from making progress in peace talks, as does mistrust between Islamabad and Kabul. 
The Medical Response to Armed Assaults — Scott Stewart explains how medical advances will mitigate the impact of security crises.

Geopolitical Diary

The Fed Announcement Heard Around the World — The interest rate increase looks modest, but it starts a process that will affect economies around the globe.

"The U.S. economy might be robust enough for this move, but that is not the case elsewhere. Seven years of ultra-low interest rates created an abundance of capital in the world's reserve currency — the dollar — and these dollars spread around the globe in search of returns. This created a climate of easy money for countries that are not necessarily used to it, and some — such as South Africa, Turkey, and places in Latin America such as Colombia and Mexico — came to rely on this foreign capital. They now face an immediate future of economic hardship, with a financial crisis or a period of sharp fiscal tightening likely to ensue."

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Stratfor Video

Conversation: Paris Climate Talks and the Challenges of Implementation — Stratfor Deputy Editor Lynn Wise and Science and Technology Analyst Rebecca Keller discuss the implications of the Paris climate talks.



News You May Have Missed

• The U.S. Federal Reserve announced that it will raise short-term interest rates to 0.25-0.5 percent from the current 0 to 0.25 percent.

• Libyan lawmakers are set to sign a U.N.-sponsored agreement on a unity government, despite warnings from the heads of both of Libya's rival parliaments that the deal will have no legitimacy.

• Lebanon's presidential elections have been postponed once again, this time to Jan. 7.

• Italy will send 450 troops to Iraq to defend the strategic Mosul Dam from Islamic State militants.

• Islamic State militants conducted a prolonged mortar attack against a military training base in northern Iraq, where Turkish advisors are training militia forces.

• Russia is preparing new economic sanctions on Turkey in retaliation for Turkey's November downing of a Russian bomber.

• A permanent Russian military base in Syria will not be necessary, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

• Putin also said that the Russian economy is in worse shape than he thought, though the peak of the crisis has passed.

• Fitch Ratings has downgraded Brazil's credit rating to a BB+ with a negative outlook, typically considered junk status.

• The Argentine government is lifting foreign currency controls and allowed the peso to float.

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