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

World update: May 23 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN One reason why Nagorno-Karabakh remains a potential flashpoint is because of the hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis who were displaced during the 1988-1994 Nagorno Karabakh War, many of whom still have designs on returning home: According to the UN, about 860,000 people were forced to flee either Armenia proper or Azerbaijani territory occupied by local… Continue reading World update: May 23 2018

Asia/Africa update: May 9 2018

ASIA ARMENIA New Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told reporters on Wednesday that he’s open to holding talks with Azerbaijan, but he’s made it pretty clear that he’s committed to upholding Armenia’s claim on the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Pashinyan visited Nagorno-Karabakh only hours after assuming the PM office on Tuesday, and says he wants the enclave’s leaders… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 9 2018

Asia/Africa update: November 16-17 2017

ASIA CAUCASUS Under the radar, there seems to have been a bit of recent progress in peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh: With relative quiet continuing on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact, bilateral negotiations were set to resume a full month after Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev held talks in Geneva, Switzerland, described as “constructive”… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 16-17 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update (with Bonus Blob Rant): July 6 2017

As I said on Sunday, this week was going to be a little abbreviated around here, and in that vein today’s updates will be our last until Sunday evening. Thanks for reading! NORTH KOREA To recap: North Korea has a functioning intercontinental ballistic missile, one that would potentially allow Pyongyang to strike the United States… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update (with Bonus Blob Rant): July 6 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 16 2017

ASIA AZERBAIJAN Armenian separatists in the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave say that three of their soldiers were killed in fighting with Azerbaijani forces on Friday. This region has been a lot quieter this year than I’d expected, but it’s still a brushfire waiting to break out given a big enough spark. KASHMIR Six Indian soldiers were reportedly… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 16 2017

Asia/Africa update, May 12-15 2017

AZERBAIJAN The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Monday that it destroyed an Armenian air-defense system, plus crew, in its breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region. Separatist sources reported that the system was damaged but that there were no casualties, and then seemed to suggest there would be a reprisal of some sort. AFGHANISTAN China held its big Belt… Continue reading Asia/Africa update, May 12-15 2017