World update: October 14-15 2017

ASIA KYRGYZSTAN Sooronbai Jeenbekov appears to have won today’s presidential election to succeed his mentor, Almazbek Atambayev. With 97 percent of the vote in Jeenbekov has won just over 54 percent of the vote, which would put him comfortably above the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff. Omurbek Babanov, his main rival, won less than… Continue reading World update: October 14-15 2017

Asia/Africa update: September 12 2017

ASIA AZERBAIJAN The Azerbaijani government is threatening to stop cooperating militarily with Western nations unless those Western nations cram it with respect to Azerbaijan’s lousy human rights record. Unfortunately for Baku, Azerbaijan’s military assistance just isn’t that crucial to Western interests. Officially it’s helped out with peacekeeping missions in the Balkans and Afghanistan, and its… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 12 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 21 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Uh-oh, looks like the Pentagon made a little fashion faux pas in Afghanistan: US taxpayers unnecessarily spent $28m on uniforms for the Afghan National Army, according to the US inspector general tasked with overseeing the war. In a scathing report, John Sopko said that officials bought “forest” pattern uniforms, despite the country’s landscape… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 21 2017