Asia/Africa update: October 26 2018

ASIA PAKISTAN The Pakistani navy says that China has not asked for military access to its Gwadar port. Developing Gwadar is one of the centerpieces of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor project, AKA Pakistan’s leg of the Belt and Road Initiative. The large Chinese commitment to the port has raised concerns in the US and India… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 26 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 8-9 2018

Shanah Tovah to any readers celebrating the Jewish New Year this evening. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Dozens of people were killed in multiple attacks across Afghanistan over the weekend. In one attack, Taliban fighters overran a military installation in Baghlan province, killing as many as 40 Afghan security officers. Another Taliban attack killed 10 Afghan police officers… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 8-9 2018

World update: April 27 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Interim Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan refused to meet with opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on Friday to try to ease the country’s ongoing political turmoil. He later complained that Pashinyan and the opposition have been “monopolising the political process.” Karapetyan’s Republican Party has led the Armenian government since 1999, just to provide some context to that statement.… Continue reading World update: April 27 2018

Asia/Africa update: November 27 2017

Obviously I’ve been away for a bit. I’m not going to even begin to cover everything that’s happened in the past week, but I will try to get caught up on a few major things. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan’s next general election is scheduled for July, and as you may know Ashraf Ghani just canned the… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 27 2017

World update: October 27 2017

MIDDLE EAST IRAQ/SYRIA I’m lumping these two together today because both Iraqi and Syrian forces are pushing ISIS back to a region that straddles the border, and ISIS appears to be consolidating in two towns–al-Bukamal on the Syrian side, and Qaʾim on the Iraqi side. Both the Syrian army and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces… Continue reading World update: October 27 2017

World update: September 26 2017

A relatively quick one tonight, it’s been a long day. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Two bombings in western Afghanistan killed five Afghan police officers on Tuesday. Two were killed in Herat province and another three in Farah province. No one has claimed responsibility but these are likely Taliban joints given where they took place. Another police officer… Continue reading World update: September 26 2017

World update: September 1 2017

In an effort to not be up until 2 AM for a change, and in the absence of what seems to be much major news out of Europe or the Americas, I’m going to wrap things up early today and call it a night. Thanks for reading! ASIA UZBEKISTAN Uzbekistan has dramatically reduced the size… Continue reading World update: September 1 2017