World update: July 11 2018

It’s another hectic day at HQ so I’m going to try to be briefer and earlier than usual again. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Syrian and Russian attention in Daraa province has focused on the Yarmouk Basin, where an ISIS affiliate called Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid has been ensconced since 2014. ISIS and its subdivisions aren’t covered under… Continue reading World update: July 11 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 7-8 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN An Afghan soldier attacked US service personnel stationed at the Tarin Kowt airfield in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province on Saturday. One US soldier was killed and two others wounded in the attack. Elsewhere on Saturday, the chief of the Charsada district was killed by a roadside bomb in Ghor province and a Taliban ambush in Ghazni… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 7-8 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 21 2018

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Voice of America’s Navbahor Imamova believes that the US should help bolster what increasingly appears to be a genuine reform effort underway in Uzbekistan: Americans stand to benefit from progress in the largest country in Central Asia. Just north of war-torn Afghanistan, a successful Uzbekistan would be a more reliable partner, not just in… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 21 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 20 2018

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN The chair of Kazakhstan’s Senate (who functions sort of as a vice president), Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, told the BBC on Wednesday that incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev will not stand in the country’s 2020 election. Considering that Nazarbayev has been Kazakh president since 1990, that’s kind of a big deal if true. Tokayev stressed that he was only expressing… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 20 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: June 16-18 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Former Georgian Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze is the country’s new prime minister. He was named on Monday to replace Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who resigned last week over disagreements with their Georgian Dream party leader, Bidzina Ivanishvili. Bakhtadze plans to shrink the Georgian government–quite explicitly, from 14 ministries to 11. He’s also looking to integrate Georgia into… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: June 16-18 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 14 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Pentagon says it conducted an airstrike in Afghanistan’s Kunar province on Wednesday targeting “a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization.” They won’t release the name, but it’s believed they were targeting Mullah Fazlullah, one of the leader of the Pakistani Taliban. It sure is going to be awkward if the US military… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 14 2018

World update: June 11 2018

It may be a spare couple of days around here as I fulfill some freelance obligations, so please bear with me. Also I wanted to get this update out before the Singapore meeting starts, so that’s why it’s a little early tonight. G7/SCO The Diplomat compares this weekend’s G7 and Shanghai Cooperation Organization summits, and it’s… Continue reading World update: June 11 2018