World update: February 8 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Syrian state media reported Friday that seven people were killed by a landmine in Hama province. It’s likely, but not certain, that ISIS placed the mine back when it controlled part of Hama province at its territorial height. YEMEN There are no details about this that I’ve seen yet, but the Saudi-led… Continue reading World update: February 8 2019

Asia/Africa update: February 6 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN After trading assertions and denials all day, the Trump administration and the Taliban concluded that there is no timetable for a US withdrawal from Afghanistan. So pretty much where they were before the day started. Earlier on Wednesday, Russian media quoted a Taliban negotiator saying that the US had agreed to pull half… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 6 2019

World update: February 2-3 2019

ASIA KASHMIR Between the security measures and the general strike called by separatists, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir on Sunday virtually shut down the province. Modi was there to kick off a slate of development projects meant to somehow make the Kashmiri people appreciate being governed by India despite the frequent security… Continue reading World update: February 2-3 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 31 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The latest report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is out and, well, you know how they tell you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all? The report, by the agency of the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or Sigar, said… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 31 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 29 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN With the US and Taliban circling a peace accord, Afghans are starting to wonder what’s in store should the militant group regain some degree of legitimate political authority: Haroun Mir, an analyst in Kabul, said Afghans are anxiously waiting for the insurgents to clarify their demands in the next round of talks, especially… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 29 2019

Asia/Africa update: December 13 2018

ASIA SRI LANKA Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Maithripala Sirisena violated the country’s constitution when he attempted to dissolve parliament last month so as to install Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister. At this point, it’s hard to see what legal choice Sirisena has left but to return Ranil Wickremesinghe to the PM job and… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 13 2018

World update: December 11 2018

ASIA ARMENIA The International Crisis Group’s Olesya Vartanyan says that Nikol Pashinyan’s landslide electoral win on Sunday could improve the prospects for peace with Azerbaijan. Pashinyan is in no position to make dramatic concessions to Azerbaijan on the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, but now that he’s broken the long-time ruling Republican Party there is an opportunity for… Continue reading World update: December 11 2018