World update: February 18 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN It would appear that a Taliban delegation’s planned trip to Islamabad this week, which maybe/probably would have included a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, fell through for a host of reasons. A formal Afghan government complaint to the United Nations about the Taliban’s violations of its travel ban was part… Continue reading World update: February 18 2019

Europe/Americas update: February 16-17 2019

EUROPE POLAND Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Sunday canceled a planned trip to Israel on Tuesday for a summit of the Visegrád Group (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic), and his government summoned the Israeli ambassador. The Poles are angry over a comment Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made recently in Israeli media… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 16-17 2019

World update: December 7 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenian voters will get to vote on Sunday in the country’s first national election since Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s “Velvet Revolution” upended Armenian politics earlier this year. Pashinyan has been governing without a stable majority since then, though that’s expected to change after Sunday when his My Step party is expected to pull… Continue reading World update: December 7 2018

Europe/Americas update: November 12 2018

EUROPE CYPRUS The Cypriot governments opened two border crossings between the country’s Turkish and Greek regions on Monday. The openings went relatively peacefully and are seen as a critical step toward resuming talks on reunifying the island nation, which has been divided since a 1974 pro-Greek coup in Nicosia prompted a Turkish invasion and occupation… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 12 2018

Europe/Americas update: November 10-11 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump did not talk about the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in their brief encounter during Armistice Day festivities in Paris. So…OK then. Presumably they didn’t talk about it because Trump isn’t interested in reversing his decision to withdraw from it, but what do I know. UKRAINE Separatist governments in… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 10-11 2018

Europe/Americas update: October 31 2018

Happy Halloween to those who are celebrating! EUROPE RUSSIA A suicide bomber struck the Federal Security Service (FSB) office in the city of Arkhangelsk on Wednesday, injuring three people (the bomber obviously died). So far there’s been no motive offered for the bombing, which is a fairly unusual occurrence in Russia outside of the North Caucasus… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 31 2018

Today in European history: a bad day for the Ottomans (1912)

In general, the year 1912 was a pretty bad year for the Ottomans. We’ve already talked about that year’s Albanian Revolt, which ended with Albania having won substantial autonomy within the empire. The Italo-Turkish War ended in October 1912 with a victorious Italy in control of Libya and the Dodecanese islands (which now belong to… Continue reading Today in European history: a bad day for the Ottomans (1912)