Asia/Africa update: February 14 2018

ASIA ARMENIA The ruling Republican Party of Armenia’s chosen candidate in the country’s March 2 presidential vote (Armenian presidents are voted into office by parliament), former Prime Minister Armen Sargsyan, may not be eligible for the office. Everyone agrees that Sargsyan was a dual Armenian-British citizen between 2002 and 2011. The Armenian constitution requires presidents to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 14 2018

Middle East update: December 4 2017

YEMEN WELP. You can throw out a bunch of yesterday’s update, because ex-Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, recently seen divorcing the Houthis and moving in with Mohammad bin Salman, up and got himself killed, to death even, on Monday. The circumstances of his untimely demise cannot be entirely hashed out at this point, and might… Continue reading Middle East update: December 4 2017

Asia/Africa update: July 11 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN I’m going to start by repeating something I added to last night’s update after it had posted, just in case people haven’t seen it. It’s about the Trump administration’s still-developing plan for Afghanistan: President Trump’s advisers recruited two businessmen who profited from military contracting to devise alternatives to the Pentagon’s plan to send… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 11 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 1, 2017

NATO Two major NATO exercises took place in Eastern Europe today, the annual BALTOPS naval exercise in the Baltics and the Romanian leg of the alliance’s “Noble Jump 2017” exercise. This did not, of course, go without notice from Moscow, whose ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, issued a warning: “NATO countries should understand that all… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 1, 2017