Europe/Americas update: March 8 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Al-Monitor’s Laura Rozen is reporting that one of the newest characters in Robert Mueller’s cast of crazies helped broker a $4.2 billion arms deal between Iraq and Russia back in 2012: George Nader, 58, traveled to Moscow in 2012, telling Russian interlocutors that he represented Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the deal should… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 8 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 7 2018

EUROPE POLAND The Polish government’s new “solution in search of a problem” Holocaust law may affect its ties with the United States. There have been reports in the Polish media that the law, which criminalizes the suggestion that Poland participated in the Holocaust, may lead to a suspension in meetings between top Polish leaders and… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 7 2018

World update: March 6 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least two people were killed in Nangarhar province on Tuesday by a sticky bomb attached to a fuel truck. At least three people were wounded, and a number of buildings seem to have been damaged. There’s been no claim of responsibility. INDIA Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited India a couple of weeks ago… Continue reading World update: March 6 2018

World update: March 5 2018

ASIA PAKISTAN The broad realignment of South Asian geopolitics is really going full-bore these days. There’s the burgeoning US-India relationship that coincides with serious problems in the US-Pakistan relationship, and the reverse is happening in Russia’s relations with both countries. The Russia-India relationship remains pretty strong at the moment, but it might not for much… Continue reading World update: March 5 2018

World update: March 3-4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Despite a stark absence of any evidence to support his case, reformed* Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar insists that he can play an important role in bringing the Taliban to the table for peace talks. He claims to already be communicating with Taliban leaders and has been using his own experience as a rebel-turned-whatever… Continue reading World update: March 3-4 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 2 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The Russian government on Friday angrily rejected claims from the Trump administration that its fancy new nuclear weapons that promise to destroy humanity even better than the old ones actually violate international treaties. For the Russians, ironically, it’s America’s decision to abrogate the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 that’s partly motivating their decision… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 2 2018

World update: February 28 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday dangled probably the biggest carrot he has in front of the Taliban: President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan renewed a call on Wednesday for the Taliban to join peace talks, offering to treat the insurgent group as a legitimate political party, though it has repeatedly rejected similar proposals.   In… Continue reading World update: February 28 2018