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China’s Economic Crisis and Its Foreign Policy

China has reached a critical point that many countries often reach and that, however painful, is cleansing in the long term. Consider what happened...

Daily Memo: Pyongyang and Seoul Talking Again, Algeria Recalls Ambassador to France

Call me maybe? North Korea has reopened a crisis hotline with Seoul, again. The hotline, which Pyongyang last restored in July in what was...

Balkan Tensions Flare Again

On Sept. 29, reports emerged that the European Union will no longer guarantee future membership of the six Balkan countries promised a place in...

Daily Memo: A First for Qatar

Milestone. Qatar will hold its first-ever legislative elections on Saturday. Qataris will vote for 30 of 45 members of the country’s Shura Council, which...

Daily Memo: Kim’s Olive Branch to Seoul, Serbia and Kosovo Reach Deal

Olive branch. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was ready to reopen communication channels with South Korea after severing them in August...

Prospects for Saudi-Iranian Talks

In recent months, regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia have been in talks with the aim of improving bilateral relations and maintaining regional security....

Daily Memo: China’s Blackouts, Japan’s Defense

China’s grid. China's electricity crunch seems to be getting worse. Rolling blackouts have reportedly begun in several major cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. The...

The Same Old Song in Russia and Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are meeting Wednesday to address their usual topics of discussion: bilateral relations, the situation...

Daily Memo: NATO Patrols in Kosovo, Energy Prices in Europe

NATO in Kosovo. NATO peacekeeping forces stepped up ground and air patrols along the Serbian-Kosovar border in response to Belgrade’s reported deployment of tanks...

Germany, Merkel and the Danger of Self-Confidence

Germany held an election to replace Angela Merkel, who led the German government for 16 years – through much of the implementation of the...

Daily Memo: German Election Results, Supply Chain Snags

German elections. Germany’s Social Democratic Party won the most seats in Sunday’s national elections, narrowly beating Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. Both parties...

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