World update: June 11 2018

It may be a spare couple of days around here as I fulfill some freelance obligations, so please bear with me. Also I wanted to get this update out before the Singapore meeting starts, so that’s why it’s a little early tonight. G7/SCO The Diplomat compares this weekend’s G7 and Shanghai Cooperation Organization summits, and it’s… Continue reading World update: June 11 2018

Asia/Africa update: May 31 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN An Afghan special forces operation in Helmand province early Thursday morning reportedly freed 103 people being held in two Taliban prisons there. The Afghan military says that four Taliban fighters were killed. Meanwhile, the US military says that Taliban leaders are engaged in secret peace talks with Afghan officials and other parties to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 31 2018

Middle East update: May 27-29 2017

IRAQ The main story here is that the final phase (or, I guess, the first part of the final phase) of the Mosul operation has begun. On Saturday, Iraqi forces began their effort to clear the last section of western Mosul, including the Old City, of ISIS insurgents. Federal police are still anchoring the line… Continue reading Middle East update: May 27-29 2017