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Daily Memo: OPEC+ Delays, Japan Mobilizes

OPEC+ pause. Saudi Arabia and Russia have delayed an OPEC+ meeting intended to negotiate production cuts. Instead of meeting on Monday as promised, the oil cartel will meet Thursday. The delay caused a significant drop in oil market prices; Brent crude fell more than 3.2 percent and U.S. crude fell 3 percent, with prices for […]

A New Tripartite Alliance in Syria? 

The Kurds are looking to some unlikely allies for support.

Daily Memo: Price Wars and Setbacks

Even success stories such as Singapore are struggling to contain their COVID-19 outbreaks.

Daily Memo: Oil Prices Rise, Unemployment Numbers Surge

Brent crude prices rose on the hopes that Russia and Saudi Arabia could be close to a deal.

Daily Memo: The European Divide, Iran Relief, US Diplomacy

EU members are divided over whether to issue so-called "coronabonds."

Arab Perspectives on the Coronavirus

The Arab world is as guilty as any other region in underestimating the threat.

Daily Memo: The US Surpasses China

There are more confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. than in any other country.

Why Saudi Arabia’s Oil Price War Won’t Work

Riyadh’s strategy to force Russia into compliance may carry a cost too high to bear.

The Coronavirus and the Rural-Urban Divide

The pandemic will deepen differences between the urban and the rural.

Daily Memo: Some Optimism Amid Lockdowns

Italy recorded its second straight day of reduced cases.

Daily Memo: Economic Stimulus Plans, Iranian Strikes, Russia’s Budget Shortfall

Western governments are introducing stimulus packages to try to prevent an economic freefall.

Egypt’s Water Security Problem

The country sees Ethiopia’s construction of a hydroelectric dam as a threat to its water supply.