Weekly Geopolitical Report

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Reflections on the Khashoggi Incident: Part II (November 12, 2018)

by Bill O’Grady (NB: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next report will be published on November 26.) Last week, we discussed the issue of succession in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).  In Part II, we will begin with a discussion of the regional power rivalry between Turkey and the KSA, then outline Turkish President… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Reflections on the Khashoggi Incident: Part I (November 5, 2018)

by Bill O’Grady Jamal Khashoggi, a well-connected Saudi journalist, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd and has not been seen since.  His apparent death (at the time of this writing, no body has been produced) has caused an international incident. The assumed death of Khashoggi highlights a number of issues for the Middle… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Return of the Strongman: Part II (October 29, 2018)

by Thomas Wash The populist wave has officially made its way to Brazil. In a blow to the establishment, Brazilian voters have elected former military officer Jair Bolsonaro as president. As Brazil continues to struggle with its recovery from the country’s worst recession in its history, the public has turned its back on the mainstream political… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Return of the Strongman: Part I (October 22, 2018)

by Thomas Wash On October 7th, Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right populist, made it out of the first round of presidential elections in Brazil in decisive fashion. A controversial figure within his country, Bolsonaro was able to build his popularity on the growing distrust of the government. Rising crime, corruption scandals and a record-breaking recession have led… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Dollar Problem: Part II (October 8, 2018)

by Bill O’Grady Last week, we introduced the characteristics of a reserve currency, including a discussion of the costs and benefits of providing the reserve currency.  This week, we will conclude the report with a short explanation of the S.W.I.F.T. network and its importance to international finance.  From there, we will discuss the potential competitors to… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Dollar Problem: Part I (October 1, 2018)

by Bill O’Grady In May, the Trump administration exited the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal.[1]  In conjunction with its exit, the U.S. implemented new sanctions and the goal of U.S. policy is to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero barrels by November. The other parties in the agreement,… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Venezuelan Migration Crisis: Part II (September 24, 2018)

by Bill O’Grady Last week, we discussed Venezuela’s economic and political situations.  Part II begins with a discussion on migration with a focus on emigrant flows.  We include an analysis of the problems caused by migration followed by an examination of the possible end to this crisis and the broader geopolitical issues.  As always, we will… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Venezuelan Migration Crisis: Part I (September 17, 2018)

by Bill O’Grady Venezuela has gone from “bad to worse” in recent years.  In 1999, Hugo Chavez was elected president and took the country on a journey into Cuba-style socialism.  Persistent government intrusion into the economy reduced private sector involvement.  Although the oil sector was able to generate enough revenue to allow Chavez to fund his… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Battle for Idlib (September 10, 2018)

by Bill O’Grady Two years ago, it looked as if Syrian President Bashar Assad was either about to be ousted from power or doomed to control an ever-shrinking area of Syria.  Islamic State, Kurds and various rebel groups controlled much of what once constituted Syria.  In fact, the frontier between Syria and Iraq was mostly a… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Turkey Crisis: Part II (August 27, 2018)

by Bill O’Grady (N.B. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next report will be published on September 10.) Last week, we covered Turkey’s geopolitics and history.[1]  This week, we complete the series, starting with a discussion on Turkey’s economy with a focus on the changes brought by the Justice and Development Party (AKP), led by… Read More »

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