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Brief: US Sides With Southern Europe on EU Spending Rules

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic devastated European economies, but it also created opportunities for the bloc to reform its fiscal rules. The existing framework, which...

Daily Memo: Concerns Over Oil Supply

Oil warnings. The International Energy Agency warned on Tuesday that oil supplies will get significantly tighter in the coming months if OPEC+ countries don’t...

Biden and Merkel to Meet

U.S. President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are scheduled to meet Thursday in Washington, where they are expected to discuss issues such...

Daily Memo: Unrest in Cuba, Security Worries in Central Asia

Cuban dissent. Large-scale protests broke out across Cuba Sunday against the country’s shortages of basic goods, medicine and food items. The government responded by...

A New Reality Emerges in Afghanistan

The security situation in Afghanistan has been deteriorating since the United States and NATO began to withdraw their forces earlier this year. In early...

Daily Memo: A Secret Meeting in Jordan, China’s Signs of Economic Stress

Secret meeting? Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett traveled to Jordan last week to meet with Jordanian King Abdullah II, according to a report from...

The 20-Year War

On Sept. 11, 2001, a special operations team created by al-Qaida attacked the United States, hijacking commercial airplanes to target psychologically significant structures. I...

Brief: Belarusian Regime Critic Reappears on Twitter

Background: Belarus, an important buffer between Russia and NATO, has recently come under sanctions pressure from the West due to Minsk’s human rights violations as...

Daily Memo: Update on Afghanistan

Iranian diplomacy. On Wednesday, Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi met with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who is now in Moscow for talks with his...

Iran’s Pretense of Strength

Iran presents itself to the outside world as the mighty Islamic Republic, built on strength, perseverance and independence. But in reality, Iran is a...

Daily Memo: Russian Worries Over Afghanistan Grow, China’s Tech Crackdown Continues

Ready to help. Russia is prepared to use its Tajik military base to defend Tajikistan from spillover violence originating in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Minister...

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Daily Memo: The US and Philippines Reportedly Reach Key Deal

Agreement reached. The U.S. and the Philippines may have finally put to rest concerns...

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