Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 1-2 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is going to run for a fourth term in October. I know you were all wondering if he would so I thought I’d let you know. AFGHANISTAN An American drone strike in Ghazni province earlier this week reportedly struck a Taliban “meeting” and killed at least 26 of the group’s… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 1-2 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

Asia/Africa update: January 25 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Chinese government is denying reports from Russian and other media that it’s planning to build a military base in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province. So I guess that, uh, settles it…? PAKISTAN American and Pakistani officials are peddling two different accounts of Wednesday’s drone strike that reportedly killed at least one Haqqani Network bigshot… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 25 2018

World update: December 11 2017

ASIA MYANMAR The AP has conducted an in-depth investigation into the rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar soldiers. It is absolutely chilling and should be read as widely as possible, so please go do that: The rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar’s security forces has been sweeping and methodical, the Associated Press found in interviews… Continue reading World update: December 11 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 30 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 15 Afghan police officers were killed on Monday in two separate Taliban attacks, one Ghazni province and the other in Zabul. Also on Monday, the Taliban said that Kevin King, an American professor it kidnapped from Kabul University in August 2016, is gravely ill with heart and kidney problems. Stimson’s Ali… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 30 2017

World update: August 17-18 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN One US soldier was killed late Wednesday in fighting with ISIS in Nangarhar province. On Friday, seven people were killed in two incidents in Herat province–one involving a roadside bomb, the other fighting between rival Taliban gangs. The influential governor of Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, has been accused (along with his sons)… Continue reading World update: August 17-18 2017

World update: August 16 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Former US ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann writes that, outward appearances to the contrary I guess, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is reforming the country, starting with its top military brass. The issue, Neumann says, is that the country is so corrupt that Ghani can’t tackle all the challenges at once and progress will… Continue reading World update: August 16 2017