Situation Reports

China: Dismal Trade Data Hints at Downturn


A sharp drop in imports and exports suggests that the internal and external engines of the Chinese economy are failing.

Whither Germany’s Defense Modernization?

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Checking in on the progress of Chancellor Scholz’s sweeping modernization of Germany’s armed forces.

Can Putin Pull Belarus into Ukraine War?

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Lukashenko has avoided direct involvement so far, but the screws are tightening as Russian losses mount in eastern Ukraine.

EU vs RT: A Propaganda Chess Match for the Ages

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It’s no easy task for EU states to get ahead of Russian propaganda, as evidenced by the resilience of RT France content despite official bans.

Debt & Downturn Complicate ECB’s Inflation Fight


Though recent data suggests that inflation may have peaked, euro zone economies are hardly out of the woods yet.

China Covid Protests: Xi’s Largest Test Yet

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If the past is any guide, the hammer is about to come down on China’s Covid protestors.

Can US Corporate Debt Markets Weather a Recession?


With a recession looming on the horizon, the COVID-era grace period of cheap money has nearly run its course.

Russia’s Loss is Turkey’s Gain in Syria


Syria is the next theater where Russia’s diminished geopolitical clout could become evident as Turkey moves to implement a ‘safe zone’ along the northern border.

The DRC: Threats and Opportunities in a Complex Neighborhood

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A flurry of diplomatic activity is unfolding against the backdrop of troubling advances by M23 rebels in the DRC.

War a Possibility as Iran-Azerbaijan Tensions Flare

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Shifting geopolitics in the South Caucasus are serving to place Azerbaijan squarely in Iran’s crosshairs.

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