Greetings and good afternoon from Paris, nine days before the 80th Anniversary of Operation Overlord.   As we reflect and focus on this most solemn week, history once again serves as both guide and guardian. Sixty-three years ago, President Kennedy’s Memorial Day Declaration began with these words: “Whereas the high courage and the supreme sacrifice […]


Greetings, good morning, and Happy New Year from the NCR. One extreme storm after the next serves as a reminder that climate crises are our new reality, changing the way we work, play, and live.   But climate concerns are far from the only global challenge we are confronted in 2024. This year will be […]


Greetings and good morning from the very soggy western mountains of Maine, especially after some very wicked thunderstorms overnight. As we find ourselves in the middle of another year with no shortage of challenges and upsets, I am reminded of what one student of history, the current UK CDS, posited: “The world is facing its […]

FALL 2022

Greetings and good morning from the Nation’s Capital, just back from New York, the city that never sleeps, with UNGA77 and the autumnal equinox firmly in the rear-view mirror. No matter who was in attendance, the meetings in the margins of UNGA77 only focused on three topics: Moscow, Beijing, and the Global Climate Crisis. All […]


Greetings and good morning from the City of Seven Hills located on the River Tagus, Lisbon departing shortly for the city with the most start-ups per person in Europe, Tallinn. I write with COVID Year-Two further behind us, but not gone as a second booster will soon become commonplace. A year in which I hope […]

14SEP22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines AFRICA: Two airstrikes hit Mekele, the capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, killing 10 people. AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said his government will act as a “guarantor” in peace talks between Colombia’s government and the National Liberation Army rebel group that are slated to begin later this year. ASIA: Thailand’s Constitutional Court will […]

13SEP22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines AFRICA: William Ruto will be sworn in as Kenya’s president after narrowly winning the coveted job in a bitterly fought but peaceful election. AMERICAS: NASA is now targeting September 27 as the earliest possible launch date for its uncrewed Artemis 1 mission to the Moon. ASIA: South Korea warned North Korea’s government that […]

12SEP22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines AFRICA: Tigray forces battling Ethiopian troops said they are willing to abide by an immediate cessation of hostilities and participate in a peace process led by the African Union. AMERICAS: Antigua and Barbuda plans to hold a referendum on becoming a republic within the next three years. ASIA: Chinese President Xi Jinping will […]

08SEP22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines AFRICA: Oil Minister Timipre Sylva said Nigeria will be able to send more liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe by next winter. AMERICAS: According to preliminary charges, the man accused of trying to shoot Argentine Vice President Cristina Kirchner last week planned the attack with his girlfriend. ASIA: Australia will be represented by […]

28JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines AFRICA: A senior US official voiced cautious hope for a start of Ethiopian peace talks after next month’s election in Kenya. AMERICAS: The Canadian government made clear that Pope Francis’ apology to Indigenous peoples for abuses in the country’s church-run residential schools did not go far enough. ASIA: A group of Japanese lawmakers […]