World update: January 8 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A bombing in the city of Khost killed at least two people on Tuesday and injured at least 23 more. The Taliban is likely responsible. Speaking of which, the Taliban said on Tuesday that it’s canceled planned talks with US representatives in Qatar that were supposed to begin on Wednesday. The group is refusing… Continue reading World update: January 8 2019

Asia/Africa update: December 17 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban representatives met with negotiators from the US, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates in the UAE on Monday. Which was nice. But they refused to meet with representatives of the Afghan government. Which was not so nice. These negotiations between the Taliban and the US are a welcome development, and… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 17 2018

World update: November 28 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Salome Zurabishvili, the candidate of the ruling Georgian Dream party, won Tuesday’s presidential runoff election with almost 60 percent of the vote, besting challenger Grigol Vashadze. Georgian Dream is the party of Bidzina Ivanishvili, the richest man in Georgia and the man many believe is really running the country behind the scenes. Zurabishvili,… Continue reading World update: November 28 2018

World update: November 17-18 2018

Our technical problems have been resolved so I’m going to give this a shot, but it’ll be a rush job so apologies for that. As I said in that earlier post the Thanksgiving holiday means that this will be our last set of updates until next week, though the site isn’t going completely dark. We’ll… Continue reading World update: November 17-18 2018

World update: November 14 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 9 Afghan soldiers were killed in Maidan Wardak province and 3 Afghan police officers were killed in Takhar province late Tuesday in separate Taliban attacks. Meanwhile, at least 7000 Hazara are believed to have been displaced by recent Taliban advances in Ghazni province’s Jaghori and Malistan districts. They’ve gone either to… Continue reading World update: November 14 2018

World update: November 9 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A Taliban attack in Farah province late Thursday killed seven Afghan police officers, while another attack on a military outpost in Takhar province on Friday morning killed at least 10 Afghan soldiers. The Russian government hosted its big Afghan peace conference on Friday, featuring a Taliban delegation as well as several members of… Continue reading World update: November 9 2018

World update: November 8 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Journalist David O’Byrne looks at what US sanctions on Iran might mean for the Caucasus. Georgia seems minimally affected, and Azerbaijan as a net energy exporter will probably be OK, but Armenia could be in a difficult situation: The bulk of Armenia’s gas is imported from Russia (via Georgia), but Yerevan also imported… Continue reading World update: November 8 2018