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Daily Memo: US-Indonesian Drills, Armenia’s Border Security

U.S.-Indonesian relations. Indonesia and the U.S. are holding their largest-ever joint army exercises on Indonesian soil. The two-week drills, which will begin Aug. 1...

Why Egyptians Don’t Dissent

Earlier this month, Abdel Nasser Salamah, the former editor-in-chief of Cairo’s renowned al-Ahram newspaper, was arrested for posting an open letter on Facebook urging...

Daily Memo: Cyber Wars Can Become Hot Wars

Biden’s warning. U.S. President Joe Biden warned that cyberattacks could spark a shooting war. This follow’s last week’s launch of the U.S.-led multilateral cybersecurity...

The Costs and Benefits of Patronizing Cuba

In February, we wrote that Cuba’s economy was reaching a breaking point and that the government was looking for a patron to ensure its...

Daily Memo: Olympic Meltdowns and Chinese Crackdowns

Enjoy the show. In the true spirit of the Olympics, there’s been plenty of geopolitical trolling accompanying this year’s summer games in Tokyo. Broadcasters...

Turkey’s Strategy in the Eastern Med

As Turkey’s dreams of joining the European Union have faded, Ankara has shifted its strategy toward the West. Nowhere is this more evident than...

Daily Memo: Protests in France, Uncertainty in Tunisia

French protests. Tens of thousands of demonstrators in France took to the streets over the weekend to protest a proposed mandate requiring a COVID-19...

Has Uzbekistan’s Time Finally Come?

In our 2019 Annual Forecast, we said we expected Uzbekistan to challenge Kazakhstan as the dominant power in Central Asia. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed...

Brief: The Limits of Belarusian Reforms

Background: Following Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s questionable reelection and major protests last year, it was clear to Minsk that changes were necessary to preserve...

Daily Memo: China’s Growing Wealth Gap

Inequalities in China. Beijing’s never-ending quest to address gaping wealth divides between China’s powerhouse coastal regions and the rest of the country is moving...

Daily Memo: Nord Stream 2 Deal Reached, US-China Trade Surges

Nord Stream 2 deal. The United States and Germany reached a deal to allow the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a project...

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