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Daily Memo: Belarus Buys Oil, South Korea in the Middle East,...

Minsk has secured a shipment from Norway while Turkey tests waters outside Somalia.

Daily Memo: Outbreak in China, Russian Oil, Northern Syria

The coronavirus outbreak could be geopolitically significant in a number of ways.

Daily Memo: Libyan Peace Talks, Chinese Influence in Myanmar

Leaders of Libya's rival governments prepare to meet in Berlin this weekend, and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar.

The Power Players in Libya’s Civil War

The number of concerned parties is growing by the day, but Russia and Turkey remain the conflict’s center of gravity.

Daily Memo: Aftermath of a Trade Deal, Egypt and Israel Respond,...

The agreement will be consequential even if doesn’t change U.S.-China tensions.

Daily Memo: Phase One Complete, the Russian Government Resigns

The trade war will continue despite some initial agreements.

Daily Memo: Cease-Fires on Battlefields and Trade Wars

Trade deal details leaked. The details of the “phase one” trade deal expected to be inked this week by Chinese and U.S. trade delegations in D.C. are starting to leak. According to Reuters, the South China Morning Post and others, China will agree to purchase some $200 billion in U.S. goods per year, including $75 […]

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Daily Memo: Taiwan’s Elections, Iran’s Protests

Voters rebuke China while new protests take place in Iran.

Daily Memo: Downed Planes and Failed Cease-fires

The world continues to react to tensions in the Middle East.

For Turkey, a New Chapter in an Old Rivalry

The Mediterranean is once again a key focus of Turkish power projection ambitions.

Daily Memo: Diplomacy to Resolve Libyan Conflict, Iran Tensions Ease, Brexit...

TurkStream, Libya and pipe dreams. Turkey and Russia announced a cease-fire in Libya, to begin on Jan. 12, following a bilateral meeting in Istanbul and the opening of the TurkStream gas pipeline. The two countries support opposite sides in Libya: Turkey supports the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord, while Russia supports the Libyan National Army, […]