World update: July 10 2018

It’s been a long day so if it’s OK with you I’m going to roll through these updates with a minimum of banter. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Rebels in Daraa city say they’ve begun surrender talks with Russian officials in hopes of staving off a full Syrian-Russian offensive. The inevitable recovery of Daraa will be a… Continue reading World update: July 10 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 9 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise stopover in Afghanistan on Monday on his way back from North Korea. He gushed about the success of the US operation there even as he had to fly in and out in a matter of a few hours under extremely heavy security and without making… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 9 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 6 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban have rejected another offer for peace talks from Kabul, this one made last month by the Afghan High Peace Council. They refuse to talk to the Afghan government and characterize it as an illegitimate US puppet. Whether or not you believe Afghanistan is at the mercy of the United States, it’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 6 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 5 2018

Well, we’re back. As usual when I’ve been gone for a while this update will mostly stick to things that happened today with some pieces I flagged while I was gone in there for good measure. ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijan has responded to Armenia’s recent change in government by amping up its threats to regain control… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 5 2018

Middle East update: June 12 2018

SYRIA The United Nations says that over 900,000 Syrians were displaced in the first four months of 2018. That figure blows past the highest number of displaced persons created in any four month period since the Syrian war–a war that has displaced almost 12 million people both internally and as refugees–began. A possible government offensive… Continue reading Middle East update: June 12 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

Europe/Americas update: June 4 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Folks, Vladimir Putin isn’t looking to break up the European Union: He told Austria’s ORF station he wanted a “united and prosperous” EU, calling the bloc Russia’s most important commercial and economic partner. He also played down reported links between his United Russia party and Austria’s far-right Freedom Party. Mr Putin will meet… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 4 2018