World update: February 24-25 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Three Taliban attacks overnight between Friday and Saturday left at least 20 Afghan soldiers dead across southern Afghanistan. Of those, at least 18 were killed in one attack on a checkpoint in Farah province early Saturday morning. Two suicide attacks in Helmand province resulted in the other casualties. Another three people were killed… Continue reading World update: February 24-25 2018

World update: February 22 2018

Lots going on here today so I’m going to try to get through everything in one post. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Turkish government expects to start facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to Afrin just as soon as it takes that enclave from the YPG. Which should happen, uh, any day now, I’m sure. I… Continue reading World update: February 22 2018

Asia/Australia/Africa update: August 14-15 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Uzbekistan may be liberalizing just a little bit: Uzbek authorities are removing large numbers of people from its blacklist of potential militants and political dissidents, state officials and media said, in a move likely to raise hopes for a more liberal climate in the ultra-secretive ex-Soviet republic. Western countries and rights activists have… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: August 14-15 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 3 2017

ASIA PAKISTAN This is a few days old, but the University of Sydney’s Hussain Nadim suggests that America’s ability to really sway Pakistani behavior vis-a-vis its support for Afghanistan’s Haqqani Network is fairly limited: For coercion to work, it has to be credible and the United States needs to have the capacity to deliver sufficient punishment.… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 3 2017

Tony Abbott’s loss may be the environment’s gain

Australia’s Liberal Party, which is actually its biggest conservative party because the world outside of America is a land of many contrasts (I kid!), changed leaders today, which also means that Australia changed prime ministers. Tony Abbott, who had led the party since 2009 and the country since 2013, was replaced by the guy he… Continue reading Tony Abbott’s loss may be the environment’s gain