Middle East update: July 9 2018

SYRIA Syrian military forces have reportedly surrounded and besieged rebel-held parts of Daraa city. These rebels have presumably rejected the ceasefire deals that rebels in other parts of Daraa province have struck. Syrian forces are also pressuring Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid, a hardline group with links to ISIS that controls some territory in Daraa province.… Continue reading Middle East update: July 9 2018

World update: April 17 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Protests continued in Yerevan on Tuesday against the installation of former President Serzh Sargsyan as the country’s new prime minister. Speaking to the crowd, opposition legislator Nikol Pashinyan declared “the start of a peaceful, people’s velvet revolution.” He’s got quite an uphill battle in front of him if he’s planning to take on Sargsyan.… Continue reading World update: April 17 2018

Europe/Americas update: June 23 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA In what is a strong contender for least surprising news of 2017, Russia’s electoral commission has said that potential presidential candidate Alexei Navalny will not be allowed to run for office because of a past criminal conviction. Navalny wasn’t going to win the 2018 election anyway, but his presence in the race might… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 23 2017

Middle East update: June 16 2017

SYRIA And here we go: A pair of top White House officials is pushing to broaden the war in Syria, viewing it as an opportunity to confront Iran and its proxy forces on the ground there, according to two sources familiar with the debate inside the Donald Trump administration. Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for… Continue reading Middle East update: June 16 2017

Europe/Americas update: May 31 2017

WELL, WE HAD A…RUN Via Axios, Donald Trump is reportedly, and unsurprisingly, about to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Or if you prefer visual representations of your world news, he’s about to do this: Goodbye rest of the world, hello Syria and Nicaragua. pic.twitter.com/x3vRqRFppH — ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) May 31,… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 31 2017

Asia/Africa/Americas update: May 25 2017

UNITED STATES Prime Minister Jared Kushner seems to be in a bit of a legal jam: Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News. Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said. That… Continue reading Asia/Africa/Americas update: May 25 2017

Conflict update: March 6 2017

DO OVER Donald Trump launched the world premiere of Muslim Ban, Episode 2: Attack of the Clods today, and, well, it hasn’t been struck down by a court yet so I guess that’s something. The revised travel ban removes Iraq from the list of proscribed nations altogether, so at least one country in which we… Continue reading Conflict update: March 6 2017