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Daily Memo: Russia’s Nuclear Drill, Erdogan’s Hamas Comments

Nuclear power. Russia on Wednesday conducted nuclear strike drills overseen by President Vladimir Putin. They involved the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile...

Daily Memo: Military Drills in Azerbaijan, Talks in Tehran

Show of force. Azerbaijan and Turkey began joint military exercises on Monday. The drills, which will run until Wednesday, will take place in Baku,...

The Race to Dominate Seabed Mining

The world can’t get enough of critical minerals. From 2017 to 2022, green energy projects alone boosted demand for lithium by roughly 200 percent,...

A US-Led Network to Contain China Takes Shape

On Aug. 18, U.S. President Joe Biden hosted the leaders of Japan and South Korea at Camp David for talks aimed at creating a...

Daily Memo: Israel-Libya Meeting Triggers Protests

Backlash. Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush was suspended after Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said he had met with her in Italy and discussed...

Daily Memo: Saudi Nuclear Energy Plans, Australia-Philippines Cooperation

Nuclear ambitions. Saudi Arabia is reportedly considering a bid from a Chinese firm to build a nuclear power plant, a move that could draw...

Daily Memo: New Zealand Warns of Foreign Interference

Security threats. In its annual report, New Zealand’s Security Intelligence Service accused China, Iran and Russia of attempting to interfere in its domestic affairs....

Daily Memo: US Limits China Tech Investments

Limiting investment. U.S. President Joe Biden issued an executive order restricting U.S.-based investments in Chinese technology involving semiconductors, quantum computing and AI over national...

Five Eyes in Our Time

A few years ago, I was invited to a military meeting in Australia. When I walked into the room, I expected to see Australian...

Daily Memo: Coup Attempt in Niger, Air Drills in Japan

Coup attempt. Members of Niger’s presidential guard detained President Mohamed Bazoum in an apparent coup last night. The country’s army chief has said he...

Daily Memo: Turkey in the Middle, Yellen’s China Tour

Turkish brokerage. Following a trip to Turkey, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced over the weekend the return of five commanders who were captured by...

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