Daily Memo: Shifting the Blame to China

The White House is considering punishing Beijing. But at what cost?

Four Coronavirus Lessons That We Will (or Won’t) Learn

How would we respond differently if another outbreak happened?

George Friedman’s Thoughts: Two Versions of May Day

May Day has been special to me since the third grade, when a pole was erected in the center of the schoolyard of PS 67 in the Bronx. That morning, we were herded into the yard where the pole, festooned with crepe paper, was surrounded by slightly older girls, each of whom held the end […]

Daily Memo: Russian Sanctions and EU-Mexico Trade

Countries are reluctant to ease sanctions on Russia if the underlying issues remain unresolved.

Daily Memo: More Riots in Lebanon and the Tech War Continues

Demonstrators targeted banks as the value of the Lebanese currency plummets.

Medical, Economic, Social, Military: The State of Play

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Daily Memo: In Asia, China Gets Defensive as Restrictions Ease

Some countries have declared victory over the outbreak.

Daily Memo: Where in the World Is Kim Jong Un?

Kimwatch. North Korean state media still haven’t addressed thinly sourced reports that leader Kim Jong Un may or may not be at death’s door following heart surgery and/or an uncontrolled outbreak of COVID-19 in the capital. Kim hasn’t made a public appearance since April 11, and party mouthpiece Rodong Sinmun did note that the country […]

Daily Memo: The U.S. and Iran Are at It Again

Tensions are raising as the world reckons with the economic impact of the pandemic.

Daily Memo: Watching What We Eat

The U.N. food program released some troubling numbers earlier this week.

Mexico’s Three Economic Fronts Face a Recession

Mexico is bracing for a serious economic recession this year, much like the rest of the world. But unlike many other countries, the Mexican government is not meeting the event with an abundance of bailouts, tax breaks or other fiscal measures. Instead, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (popularly known as AMLO) has opted to […]

Daily Memo: ‘Grave Danger’ in Oil Markets and North Korea

Kim rumors. CNN on Monday night, quoting a single U.S. intelligence official, reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in “grave danger after undergoing a previous surgery.” Bloomberg was likewise told by unnamed U.S. officials that Kim was in critical condition following a cardiovascular surgery. South Korean media confirmed that Kim had had […]