The Political Economy of Kyrgyzstan

Today we’re bringing you another guest post from Zack Kramer, the second in his five part series on the political economies of the former Soviet Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Today we’re looking at Kyrgyzstan.As always, if you would like to pitch something for attwiw, please email me. And if you’ve enjoyed this… Continue reading The Political Economy of Kyrgyzstan

The Political Economy of Kazakhstan

In attwiw’s newest guest post, Zack Kramer offers some background on Kazakhstan. This article is the first in a planned series of five from Zack on the political economies of the former Soviet Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Remote and sparsely populated, these countries have taken different approaches to establishing their… Continue reading The Political Economy of Kazakhstan

Iran All Night and Day

Technically speaking we’re not supposed to be visiting one another again until tomorrow, and that’s when we’ll be resuming our regular updates around here. But as you likely know by now there’s something that’s been going on in Iran for the past couple of days. I thought we maybe ought to focus on that before… Continue reading Iran All Night and Day

Middle East update: October 26 2017

If this is a little abbreviated it’s because I’m getting a really late start, apologies. SYRIA Probably today’s biggest story is that the United Nations’ Joint Investigative Mechanism made its report on the Khan Shaykhun chemical weapons attack to the UN Security Council and found the Syrian government responsible. Hey, I said it was a big… Continue reading Middle East update: October 26 2017

Iran update: May 19 2017

Folks, I don’t really have a big update in me tonight, but I thought you might appreciate the preliminary results from Friday’s Iranian presidential election: President Hassan Rouhani has an unassailable lead in Iran’s presidential election, an Iranian official source told Reuters on Saturday, citing an early unofficial tally, and is on course to defeat… Continue reading Iran update: May 19 2017

Conflict update: April 27 2017

SYRIA The cause of the explosion that happened at Damascus International Airport this morning has (more or less) been revealed: An Israeli minister has appeared to confirm that Israel struck a Hezbollah arms supply hub in Syria on Thursday close to the airport in Damascus where weapons from Tehran are regularly sent by commercial and… Continue reading Conflict update: April 27 2017

How to craft a narrative

If you’ve ever wondered how to go about creating a narrative to drive public perception about a story, I’m here to help. I’d like to start, if I may, with a couple of examples. Back in January, NATO began major troop movements as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a mission begun in response to Russia’s… Continue reading How to craft a narrative