Asia/Africa update: February 6 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN After trading assertions and denials all day, the Trump administration and the Taliban concluded that there is no timetable for a US withdrawal from Afghanistan. So pretty much where they were before the day started. Earlier on Wednesday, Russian media quoted a Taliban negotiator saying that the US had agreed to pull half… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 6 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 29 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN With the US and Taliban circling a peace accord, Afghans are starting to wonder what’s in store should the militant group regain some degree of legitimate political authority: Haroun Mir, an analyst in Kabul, said Afghans are anxiously waiting for the insurgents to clarify their demands in the next round of talks, especially… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 29 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 25 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday Afghan President Ashraf Ghani substantially revised the number of Afghan security forces who have been killed fighting militants since he became president, to 45,000 from a previously cited figure of 28,000. Ghani, who seems increasingly irritated that he’s being completely cut out of peace… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 25 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 19-20 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban carried out a car bombing in Logar province on Sunday morning that killed at least eight Afghan security forces. Meanwhile, in northern Afghanistan’s Sar-e Pul province, a recent surge in Taliban activity has displaced about 40 families from the province’s Kohistan hinterland into the provincial capital. The Taliban is trying to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 19-20 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 18 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The list of challengers to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for July’s presidential election is beginning to take shape: On Friday, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, a powerful former national security adviser who parted ways with the government in August, became the most serious challenger to formally join the race so far. He vowed to “save… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 18 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 7 2019

Welcome back! As always after an extended break, we will not be recapping everything that happened while I was gone. If I’ve missed a story you think is important, you can always drop me a line and let me know. ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 27 people were killed across Afghanistan from late Sunday into Monday.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 7 2019

Asia/Africa update: December 18 2018

Tonight’s updates will unfortunately have to be our last of 2018. I had hoped to continue for a couple more days before breaking for the holidays but between holiday plans, travel plans, and other commitments my attention and stress levels have reached the breaking point. Owing in part to a strange winter break schedule for… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 18 2018