Asia/Africa update: March 2 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armen Sarkissian, former prime minister and ambassador, is your new Armenian president. Congrats to him, even though the job has been mostly downgraded to ceremonial levels now. AFGHANISTAN At least two people were killed in Kabul on Friday when a car bomb, apparently targeting a NATO convoy, detonated in the Afghan capital. There’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 2 2018

World update: January 27-28 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A Taliban attack in Kabul on Saturday killed at least 103 people at last count. The attackers packed a bomb into an ambulance and were able to get past at least one security checkpoint before detonating their device in a crowded area of the city. It’s the deadliest single attack in Kabul since… Continue reading World update: January 27-28 2018

World update: January 4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 20 people were killed in Kabul on Thursday when an ISIS suicide bomber struck a crowd of police monitoring a protest in the Afghan capital. A Russian news outlet reported on Thursday that China is financing the construction and operation of a new Afghan military base in the northern province of Badakhshan.… Continue reading World update: January 4 2018

World update: October 14-15 2017

ASIA KYRGYZSTAN Sooronbai Jeenbekov appears to have won today’s presidential election to succeed his mentor, Almazbek Atambayev. With 97 percent of the vote in Jeenbekov has won just over 54 percent of the vote, which would put him comfortably above the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff. Omurbek Babanov, his main rival, won less than… Continue reading World update: October 14-15 2017

Asia/Africa update: September 16-17 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Two bombings in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday–one in Khost province and the other in Laghman province–killed at least six people in total. These are likely to have been Taliban attacks. Hey, exciting news! Kabul’s Green Zone is getting bigger: Soon, American Embassy employees in Kabul will no longer need to take a Chinook… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 16-17 2017

Asia/Africa/Australia update: June 14-15 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN ISIS has managed to seize Tora Bora, the mountain hideaway in Nangarhar province that Osama bin Laden used to call home, before he moved into the Pakistani army chief of staff’s backyard without anybody in Pakistan knowing about it. Boy, nothing symbolic about that. On Thursday they also managed to find time to… Continue reading Asia/Africa/Australia update: June 14-15 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 6 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov is now ex-deputy prime minister. He’s been given a different government post, undoubtedly further removed from the levers of power, as President Shavkat Mirziyoyev works to sideline him and consolidate power. Azimov was once one of the three most powerful political figures in Uzbekistan but his fortunes have… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 6 2017