World update part 2: March 1 2019

AFRICA ALGERIA If you’ve been hoping for the protests against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s potential fifth term in office to dissipate, Friday was not your day: Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Algiers on Friday to denounce Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth term, and police fired… Continue reading World update part 2: March 1 2019

Europe/Americas update: February 1 2019

EUROPE RUSSIA The Trump administration made it official on Friday, announcing its intention to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The administration made its intentions clear months ago, kicking off a long and fruitless round of talks involving Russia and NATO to try to salvage the accord, which the US maintains has been… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 1 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 15 2019

EUROPE EUROPEAN UNION US and European Union negotiators will begin talking about trade issues later this year, but it already looks like they’re going to have a pretty rough time reaching an accord: The EU’s executive body will meet Tuesday to firm up the bloc’s parameters for talks expected to launch later this year. It… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 15 2019

Middle East update: November 28 2018

SYRIA The Russian military says it has intelligence that ISIS is planning a chemical weapons attack against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in Deir Ezzor province. Yeah, OK. I mean if ISIS has been sitting on chemical weapons that kind of makes you wonder why it hasn’t used them yet, but I get it, things… Continue reading Middle East update: November 28 2018

Middle East update: November 26 2018

As usual when I return from an extended break, we’ll be sticking to things that happened today or are particularly relevant rather than trying to recap everything that’s happened while I was gone. THE WAR ON TERROR While I was away, the Center for Strategic and International Studies released a new report concluding that, 17… Continue reading Middle East update: November 26 2018

World update: November 15 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 30 Afghan security personnel were killed in several Taliban attacks in Farah province on Wednesday and Thursday. The Taliban has been very active in Farah for the past several months, which Afghan officials have attributed to aid from both Iran and Pakistan. More than 50 Afghans were killed in the province… Continue reading World update: November 15 2018

World update: October 24 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Residents of the Rodat district of Nangarhar province are saying that Afghan forces killed at least 14 civilians in an operation there on Wednesday. It’s unclear whether the Afghans were targeting the Taliban or ISIS, both of which are operating in that province. Afghan authorities say they’re investigating the reports. The early reviews of… Continue reading World update: October 24 2018