Asia/Africa update: July 12-13 2017

ASIA GEORGIA It’s nice to see, centuries after it was founded, that Russia is still finding ways to keep the empire growing: Just before President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin’s tête-à-tête at the G-20 on July 7, Russia quietly annexed “about 10 hectares” of Georgian territory on behalf of the Republic of South Ossetia, a… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 12-13 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 3 2017

ASIA PAKISTAN This is a few days old, but the University of Sydney’s Hussain Nadim suggests that America’s ability to really sway Pakistani behavior vis-a-vis its support for Afghanistan’s Haqqani Network is fairly limited: For coercion to work, it has to be credible and the United States needs to have the capacity to deliver sufficient punishment.… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 3 2017

Conflict update: April 19 2017

Hey! So, instead of finishing this and posting it at 11:58 like I usually do, tonight I’m going to try, you know, not doing that, and hopefully being asleep at 11:58 instead. I’d like to make that the new normal with these posts going forward, but we’ll see. SYRIA At The Nation, James Carden asks whether… Continue reading Conflict update: April 19 2017

Conflict update: January 9 2017

Apologies; normally I like to keep things more active around here, but I’m working on a big piece for LobeLog and it’s taking a while to get through it. It’s a long Q&A with a couple of respected foreign policy analysts about the Obama foreign policy legacy. And while you might think that sounds easy,… Continue reading Conflict update: January 9 2017