Geopolitical Monitor

Backgrounder: India-China Skirmishes in Galwan Valley

cc Flickr tiendat dinh, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Recent fighting in the Galwan Valley marks the first time lives have been lost along the disputed China-India border since 1975.

Food Inflation Lurks behind Global COVID-19 Recovery

Beijing Market , cc cattan2011, modified, Flickr, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

COVID-19 has disrupted food supply chains around the planet, with potentially destabilizing political consequences in the near-term.

COVID-19 Early Events Timeline

cc Flickr NIAID, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Recounting key events in China during the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saudi Foreign Exchange Reserves Plummet amid COVID-19 Downturn

cc Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SaudiArabiaP25-100Riyals-(1984)-donatedth_f.jpg, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SaudiArabiaP25-100Riyals-(1984)-donatedth_f.jpg

Is the Kingdom’s dollar peg in jeopardy?

COVID-19 Update: Brazil

cc Flickr Palácio do Planalto, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Brazil now has the third-most active cases in the world, behind only Russia and the United States

China Turns the Economic Screws on Australia over COVID-19 Inquiry

cc Flickr U.S. Secretary of Defense, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A new dynamic is emerging in China-Australia relations: Beijing brandishing the economic stick whenever Canberra steps out of line.

Where in the World Is Kim Jong-Un?

Kim Jong-Un, cc Kremlin.ru, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/60363

Where is Kim Jong-un? And if he’s incapacitated, who will replace him?

COVID-19: Economic Impact Round-up (4-22-2020)

USPressBriefing, cc Flickr The White House, modfiied, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Recounting the economic damage and government bailouts that COVID-19 has left in its wake.

COVID-19: Economic Impact Round-up (4-15-2020)

COVID19bus, cc Flickr Chris Yarzab, modified https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/,

Recounting the economic damage and government bailouts that COVID-19 has left in its wake.

Decision Time Looms for US Troops in Iraq

cc Flickr The U.S. Army, modified, U.S. Army Soldiers from the 20th Engineer Brigade shuttle trucks across the Euphrates River Nov. 16, 2007, in support a combat operation near Baghdad, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Luke Thornberry) www.army.mil, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

There are push and pull factors pointing to a US troop pullout. But a swift destabilization of Iraq may remove the luxury of choice.

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