Middle East update: June 19-20 2017

BREAKING: Well, I suppose this was inevitable: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him firmly as first-in-line to the throne and removing the country’s counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the royal line of succession. In a series of royal decrees… Continue reading Middle East update: June 19-20 2017

Middle East update: May 26 2017

With the three day weekend I may–may–not be back until Monday. The downside of taking any significant time away from these updates is that it just makes the ones I have to write when I get started again that much longer. So I might sneak one in Sunday night just to keep Monday’s from being… Continue reading Middle East update: May 26 2017

Middle East update: May 25 2017

SYRIA I don’t want to alarm anybody, but those American strikes on Syrian government-aligned forces near Tanf last week may not be the end of the conflict there. The map below is a week old in terms of who controls what, but I think it will do for our purposes. The Syrian army has reportedly… Continue reading Middle East update: May 25 2017

World update: May 18 2017

By “world” I mean everything outside the Middle East. Yes, I know the Middle East is part of the “world,” but…hey, you come up with the post titles next time. TODAY IN TRUMP What shit hit the fan today, you ask? Well, I don’t want to give anything away, but if I were Michael Flynn… Continue reading World update: May 18 2017

Middle East update: May 16-17 2017

TURKEY We’re going to start with a story about Turkey that didn’t happen in Turkey, or anywhere near Turkey. Rather, it happened in Washington, DC, on Tuesday: Supporters and opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey engaged in a violent confrontation outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington on Tuesday night. Nine people were… Continue reading Middle East update: May 16-17 2017

Conflict update: March 22 2017

I’m going to be out this evening, so please enjoy (?) this shortened and probably too-early roundup of the day’s worst news. UNITED KINGDOM This is still very much a developing story, but at least four people, including the attacker, have been killed in London in what seems to have been an attempted attack on… Continue reading Conflict update: March 22 2017

Conflict update: January 10 2017

The Ritz-Carlton Moscow It’s possible I’ll be able to formulate some thoughts about this as soon as I’m done laughing about it, but for now let me just say one thing. While I have absolutely no problem believing that the Russian government has dirt, possibly serious dirt, on our president-elect, the story that Buzzfeed ran… Continue reading Conflict update: January 10 2017