Asia/Africa update: February 25 2019

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed a new prime minister on Monday–Askar Mamin, who had previously served as first deputy PM. Nazarbayev forced the resignation of his entire cabinet last week, citing its economic policy failures. KASHMIR India and Pakistan are both mobilizing their forces in Kashmir, and Kashmiris living along the Line of… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 25 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 17 2019

ASIA ARMENIA The Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers met on Wednesday in Paris and apparently–somewhat incredibly–had an extremely positive discussion: Following the meeting, the official statement included several unusual elements that cheered advocates for peace between the two sides. “Here is the most positive statement of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in a very long… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 17 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 15 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban issued a statement on Tuesday warning that it will withdraw from peace talks with the US unless Washington commits to the talks with “sincere intentions.” I’m going to be honest here and say I have no idea what they’re talking about and in fact it’s beginning to seem like the Taliban… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 15 2019

World update: January 14 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A car bombing near the international area of Kabul killed at least four people and wounded another 90 on Monday. There’s been no claim of responsibility. The Taliban later claimed responsibility. Further talks between US and Taliban representatives are now at risk over the site of the negotiations. The Taliban, which has a diplomatic… Continue reading World update: January 14 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 12-13 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban killed at least five Afghan police officers in an attack on a checkpoint in Kandahar province on Saturday. In Herat province, a suspected Taliban attack on a police station left at least five more people dead. The New York Times reports on one of the many problems facing the Afghan government if… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 12-13 2019

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: January 9 2019

ASIA AZERBAIJAN They’re small, but there have been some signals from Baku lately suggesting that Azerbaijani officials see an opening to improve relations with Armenia under (still relatively new) Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan: Senior Azerbaijani officials have been making unusually positive statements in recent weeks. In December, President Ilham Aliyev tweeted that “The year 2019… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: January 9 2019

World update: January 8 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A bombing in the city of Khost killed at least two people on Tuesday and injured at least 23 more. The Taliban is likely responsible. Speaking of which, the Taliban said on Tuesday that it’s canceled planned talks with US representatives in Qatar that were supposed to begin on Wednesday. The group is refusing… Continue reading World update: January 8 2019