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Uzbekistan’s Role in US Strategy for Central Asia

There are early signs that the United States is adopting a more strategic approach to the countries of Central Asia, nearly 32 years after...

Daily Memo: Cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh

Big reversal. Ethnic Armenian authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh agreed to terms on a cease-fire proposed by Russian mediators a day after Azerbaijan launched an offensive...

The Demise of Francafrique

France’s colonial empire in West and Central Africa dissolved in the 1950s and 1960s, but Paris’ dominance remained. Through the unofficial policy of “Francafrique,”...

Daily Memo: Developments in Nagorno-Karabakh, New Wagner Deal

Nagorno-Karabakh update. Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense announced that the country’s army launched “anti-terrorist measures” in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. A ministry statement accused...

The Chinese Mystery

Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu has disappeared. Some reports say he was meeting with Vietnamese officials when he was escorted away, but according to...

Daily Memo: Russia’s Drone Shortage, Saudi Arabia’s Turnaround

Drone disruption. Chinese restrictions on the export of drones and related components have led to shortages in Russia, Russian newspaper Kommersant says. On Sept....

The Gravity of Germany’s Economic Problems

Last week, the European Commission lowered its growth predictions in the eurozone for 2023 and 2024 – overwhelmingly because of poor economic indicators from...

Daily Memo: Yemen Peace Talks, Tunisia Bans EU Lawmakers

Houthis in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has invited Yemen’s Houthi rebels to peace talks in Riyadh, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Meanwhile, a...

The Turkish-Israeli Gas Pipeline Is Dead in the Water

A partial solution to Europe’s energy crisis can be found off the coast of Israel, roughly a mile beneath the surface of the Mediterranean...

Daily Memo: European Interest Rates, US-Bahrain Cooperation

Another hike. The European Central Bank announced on Thursday its 10th consecutive interest rate increase. The move – a bump of 0.25 percentage points...

Colombia and Mexico Push a New Drug Control Strategy

Mexico and Colombia are jointly adjusting their anti-drug policy, with potential implications for the regional power balance and relations with the United States. For...

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