Situation Reports

Brexit Drama Comes Down to the Wire

Brexit, cc Flickr Mark Ramsay, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With the March 29 deadline looming, Prime Minister May is desperate for a short-term extension to take her twice-defeated deal back to Parliament.

Germany’s Export Dip: Harbinger of an EU Recession?

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The latest economic data out of Germany does not bode well for growth on the Continent. Are we headed for a new European downturn?

Algeria Protests Putting ‘Pouvoir’ on Notice?

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The Arab Spring may be making a late arrival in Algeria, with possible consequences for regional geopolitics and global energy markets.

US-China Trade Deal (March 9, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss whether the rumored terms of the US-China trade deal are a win for the Trump administration.

Ukraine Elections: Too Close to Call

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The story of the Ukraine elections is now a familiar one: establishment candidates vs. outsider dark horse.

Rift at the Top of Saudi Leadership

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There is new evidence of a rift between the king and his heir.

Libyan Elections: Are the Abu Dhabi Meetings a Turning Point?

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Libyan Prime Minister Al-Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar met in Abu Dhabi few days ago. Can this meeting be the chance for new elections in Libya?

Backgrounder: Pakistan’s Gwadar Port

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The crown jewel in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Gwadar port is a potential game-changer for regional trade flows. But the project is not without its risks.

The Quad: Destination Unknown

Joint Malabar Exercises in 2012, modified, - The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) transit in formation with Indian navy ships during Exercise Malabar 2012. Carl Vinson, Bunker Hill, and Halsey are part of Carrier Strike Group 1, and are participating in the annual bilateral naval field training exercise with the Indian navy to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues. Unit: Navy Media Content Services DVIDS Tags: exercise; U.S. Navy; Bay of Bengal; Exercise Malabar 2012

Though much is unknown about the Quad’s future, one thing seems sure: it’s not transforming into a full-fledged military alliance anytime soon.

US-China Trade Deal Takes Shape

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A US-China trade deal is starting to take form, and it looks like it might end up a draw.

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