Asia/Africa update: March 16 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN The European Investment Bank has approved a loan package of $1.15 billion to support the construction of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP). That project will bring Azerbaijani natural gas to the European market via Turkey, but its financing has been in doubt over its environmental impact, concerns about human rights in Azerbaijan, … Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 16 2018

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Asia/Africa update: February 14 2018

ASIA ARMENIA The ruling Republican Party of Armenia's chosen candidate in the country's March 2 presidential vote (Armenian presidents are voted into office by parliament), former Prime Minister Armen Sargsyan, may not be eligible for the office. Everyone agrees that Sargsyan was a dual Armenian-British citizen between 2002 and 2011. The Armenian constitution requires presidents to … Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 14 2018

Asia/Africa update: February 7 2018

ASIA KASHMIR Al Jazeera has a video report on Kashmiri villagers who say their homes have been destroyed by Pakistani artillery fire in recent weeks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FPsrMA5otk MALDIVES The political crisis in the Maldives is already taking on geopolitical overtones. Former President Mohamed Nasheed asked India to step in and stabilize the situation, and now China … Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 7 2018