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Daily Memo: Tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Border

Renewed fighting. Armenia’s Foreign Ministry accused Azerbaijan’s armed forces of opening fire on Wednesday toward the Armenian border and killing three people. The ministry...

Iran’s Islamic Republic Is Fading But Not Ready to Fall

Violent protests erupted in Iran last week following the death of a 22-year-old woman who had been arrested by the morality police, officially known...

Speculating on Nord Stream

The first thing to know about the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines that started leaking natural gas into the Baltic Sea on Monday...

Daily Memo: Russian Creativity

Escalation. Referendums were held last week in the nominally Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to see if residents there wanted to...

Russia’s Mobilization May Be a Game-Changer

At no small cost, the Russian military managed to stop the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region. Kyiv’s rapid success sent Moscow searching...

Daily Memo: Gas Leaks in Nord Stream Pipelines

Gas leaks. Danish authorities reported on Monday night a gas leak off the coast of the island of Bornholm coming from the defunct Nord...

Immigration, the Economy and the Italian Election

Italy elected a hard-right party in parliamentary elections held over the weekend. The result indicates that Italians are unhappy with the country’s reality. Italy...

Daily Memo: Scholz in the Middle East, Australia’s Naval Plans

Scholz in the Middle East. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz concluded a two-day visit to the Persian Gulf by signing a series of energy deals....

Why Would Poland Spurn Germany?

“We were dependent on Russia, but today we are cutting this dependence,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said last week while inaugurating a new...

Daily Memo: Voting Begins in Russian-Occupied Areas of Ukraine

Heading to the polls. Moscow on Friday launched "referendums" in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine on whether these areas should become part of Russia. Voting...

Daily Memo: Russians React to Putin’s Partial Mobilization

Russian dissent. After Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday a “partial mobilization” of forces for Russia’s war in Ukraine, anti-war protests broke out...

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