Situation Reports

No-Deal a Foregone Conclusion? UK Prepares for a Hard Brexit

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has declared that the UK is leaving the EU one way or another on October 31, but markets remain unconvinced.

Turkey & Russia’s Détente Tested in Idlib

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Turkey-Russia cooperation is under strain as the Syrian regime intensifies its attempts to re-take the last major rebel stronghold in the civil war.

Italy: One Coalition Falls, Another Rises?

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Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini may have overplayed his hand in Italy.

Germany Veers toward Recession in 3Q

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Amid trade wars and the uncertainty of Brexit, Europe’s economic engine has begun to sputter.

US-China Trade War and Iranian Oil: Market Disruptions Ahead?

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Risks are mounting on both the supply and demand side of global oil markets.

Shock Poll Puts Austerity on Notice in Argentina

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Voters caught investors off-guard with their early rejection of Macri’s austerity policies. But will the resulting carnage in Argentine currency and equity markets change any minds?

No Way Out in Hong Kong Protests

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Signs abound that the crisis is reaching its boiling point.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Landmines and Instability in Myanmar

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Renewed violence and a stalling peace process are delaying the start of much-needed mine clearance in Myanmar.

What’s at Stake in a Hard Brexit

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What’s on the line if the Johnson government pulls Britain out of the UK without a deal on October 31?

Denmark Throws a Wrench into Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Plans


Denmark’s regulatory foot-dragging on Nord Stream 2 could frustrate Russian attempts to isolate Ukraine on a new gas transit deal.

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