Obviously I’ve been away for a bit. I’m not going to even begin to cover everything that’s happened in the past week, but I will try to get caught up on a few major things. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan’s next general election is scheduled for July, and as you may know Ashraf Ghani just canned the… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 27 2017
ASIA AFGHANISTAN Several Obama-era foreign policy officials wrote a piece for Foreign Policy today arguing that closing up the Taliban office in Qatar–as the Trump administration seems inclined to ask Doha to do–would be a mistake. They acknowledge that having a Taliban office in Qatar has done pretty much nothing to further the cause of a… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 6 2017
WAR ON TERROR Folks, if you’re like me and you spend any time on Twitter, you may think that it’s home to some of the worst people in the world. And you’re not wrong. However, as a non-Instagram user I was surprised to learn that things may be even worse over there: Researchers say Islamic… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 19-20 2017
EUROPE RESPECTING DONALD Buzzfeed’s Alberto Nardelli interviewed a bunch of European diplomats–all off the record, for obvious reasons–about Donald Trump. Turns out they don’t think too highly of the guy. I think their impressions are instructive of the deeper issues with the Trump administration though. While Trump himself as laughingstock wouldn’t have to be the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 9 2017
It’s the last day of January and I swore I wasn’t going to keep writing these “new year” pieces past the end of the month. The thing is, between family situations, deadlines, and–to be completely honest–a low grade case of burnout, I just haven’t been as prolific as I thought I would be. So to… Continue reading Welcome to 2017: getting on with it
UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her long-awaited (?) Brexit speech yesterday. I say “long-awaited” because, for a while there, people were starting to complain that May had offered no guidance as to how her government would approach exit talks with the European Union, to the point where she had to deny earlier this month… Continue reading Welcome to 2017: Time for a reality check
With South Africa, Burundi, The Gambia, and now Russia abandoning the International Criminal Court, who will be next to jump ship? Yes, everybody’s favorite potty-mouthed, mass murdering head of state, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, is pretty sure he wants out of the ICC too: On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin removed Russia’s signature from the… Continue reading Somebody else wants to leave the ICC. Who it is will totally…not surprise you in any way.