Central Asia

Daily Memo: Intel Chiefs Meeting in Doha, China-Myanmar Drills

Israel developments. Intelligence chiefs from the U.S., Israel and Egypt met on Tuesday with Qatar’s prime minister in Doha to discuss terms for extending the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. The government of Qatar confirmed it was trying to negotiate an extension to the truce and a permanent cease-fire. Notably, according to a Pentagon spokesperson, […]

Daily Memo: Iran-Turkey Meeting Postponed, Japan and Vietnam Move Closer

Iranian diplomacy and defense. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi postponed a visit to the Turkish capital planned for Tuesday without giving a reason or a...

Daily Memo: Russia’s Budget Gap, Turkey’s Gas Hub

Russian deficit. Russia’s Finance Ministry plans to make the governors of select regions personally responsible for the country’s ballooning budget deficit. The heads of...

Daily Memo: Cease-fire in Gaza, Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

Deal reached. Israel and Hamas agreed to a four-day cease-fire. According to various sources, Hamas will release 50 hostages it captured during its Oct....

Daily Memo: Closer to a Pause in Gaza

Almost there. Israel and Hamas continue to progress toward a temporary cease-fire to allow the exchange of Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners. The Israeli...

Good Timing for Turkey’s Pivot to Central Asia

Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Central Asia twice. He first went to Uzbekistan to attend a summit of the Economic Cooperation...

Daily Memo: US-India Ties, Sanctions Enforcement

The U.S. and India. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said U.S.-Indian relations are the strongest they’ve ever been during a meeting in New...

Daily Memo: Disagreements Over Postwar Gaza, US-China Arms Control Talks

Someone else’s problem. Rebuffing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remark about an indefinite Israeli security presence in the Gaza Strip, the U.S. proposed that...

Daily Memo: Turkey-Israel Relations, Saudi Summits

Discord. Ties between Turkey and Israel are deteriorating. On Wednesday, Turkey's energy minister said talks on energy-related projects with Israel would be conditioned on...

The World Aflame

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece titled “The World Begins to Reorder Itself.” There is certainly a new order coming, but unlike...

Daily Memo: China and Australia Mend Ties, Iran’s Meeting With Hezbollah

Reboot. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese held talks in Beijing on Monday in another sign of easing tensions between...

Daily Memo: Russian Nuclear Inspections, Ukraine Peace Talks

No more inspections. Russia will not resume inspections under the New START arms control treaty with the U.S. unless Washington stops supplying Ukraine with...

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