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George Friedman’s Thoughts: On My Visit to the United Arab Emirates

I spent last week in the United Arab Emirates, in the city of Dubai. Dubai sits on the edge of the Persian Gulf, which is called the Arabian Gulf by Arab states. This was not my first trip there, but I have never left the city, which means I have only seen the most modern […]

Daily Memo: Indian Industry, Ukrainian Concerns, Israeli Defense

India's industry sector shows signs of decline, and Ukraine raises concerns of increasing coziness between Russia and Europe.

Daily Memo: Bolivian Political Uncertainty, a Slew of Sanctions, Chinese Market...

Bolivia's president resigns, and the U.S. and EU threaten new sanctions.

Daily Memo: NATO’s Future, Iranian Oil Tankers, European Aid

The French president expresses doubt in NATO's viability, and Iran reports two previously undisclosed attacks on its vessels.

Daily Memo: Iran’s Uranium Enrichment, US-China Trade Talks, Beijing Concessions

Iran announces an increase in its uranium enrichment levels, and U.S.-China trade talks hit a snag.

Daily Memo: Hardships in Turkey, Signs of Hope for Qatar, an...

Reports show declining economic conditions in Turkey, and signs indicate efforts to resolve a rift in the Gulf.

Daily Memo: An East Asian Trade Deal, a Reprieve for Huawei,...

Asian countries near the signing of a trade pact, and the U.S. eases pressure on Huawei.

Inching Toward the End of the Conflict in Syria

Outside players are still struggling for control – and the power to define postwar Syria.

Daily Memo: Iran in Iraq, Threats in Germany, START in Russia

Iran and Iraq agree to link their power grids, and Germany faces a threat from right-wing extremism.

Daily Memo: US-China Trade Talks, North Korean Missile Tests, Israel on...

The U.S. and China will reportedly meet on Friday for further trade negotiations, and North Korea fires two projectiles into the Sea of Japan.

Daily Memo: Targeting Turkey, Cold War Games, German Economic Figures

The U.S. House of Representatives approves a bill to officially recognize the Armenian genocide, and Russia conducts its largest submarine drills since the 1990s.

Daily Memo: Turkey in Syria, Russia in Armenia, China in the...

Tensions between Russia and Turkey may escalate, and Russia's defense minister visits Armenia.