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Last week, I discussed the nature of tactical nuclear weapons. They are built for tactical effect, not strategic effect. Strategic nuclear weapons, such as...

Daily Memo: Pelosi Condemns Azerbaijan Over Clashes

U.S. condemnation. The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, condemned what she called the “illegal and deadly attacks by Azerbaijan on...

Winning Friends and Influence at China’s National Congress

The immediate future of China’s economy rests on the rapidly approaching 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Unlike other recent congresses, where...

Daily Memo: Tajik-Kyrgyz Clashes, Update on Armenia and Azerbaijan

Fighting in Central Asia. Border clashes erupted again between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on Friday, two days after fighting was reported along their shared border....

Daily Memo: SCO Leaders’ Summit in Uzbekistan, Russian-Chinese Drills in the Pacific

Leaders gather. The heads of state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are converging in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for a two-day summit. The group will discuss...

The Resurgence of Tribalism in Saudi Arabia

Last January, a Saudi sociology professor said he wished decision-makers – referring to the king and crown prince – would encourage intermarriage between people...

Daily Memo: Putin and Scholz Discuss Ukraine, Gas

Difficult discussions. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw all Russian forces from Ukrainian territory and seek a diplomatic solution...

Armenian-Azerbaijani Clashes: Evaluating the Ukraine Factor

Major clashes erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan along their shared border late Monday night. Both countries accused the other of instigating the fighting. Shortly...

Daily Memo: Clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Border, French-Greek Talks

Renewed fighting. Clashes erupted on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border on Monday night, with both sides accusing the other of starting it. Armenia confirmed 49 casualties...

The War

During World War II, one needed to say only “the war” for others to know what was being discussed. We have reached the same...

Daily Memo: Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

Shutting down. Ukraine’s Energoatom, which operates the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, said the last working reactor at the facility was shut down and disconnected...

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