World update: April 4 2019

Don’t forget I’m moving to Substack! For this first week at the new site I’m posting updates there and here, but as of next week will no longer be active. You’ll need to head over to Substack and subscribe, so why not do that today? MIDDLE EAST SYRIA According to local civil defense offices and… Continue reading World update: April 4 2019

World update: February 14 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed (sort of) on Thursday that his government will host another round of peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the United States, but did not specify when that round will take place. The Taliban say they’re meeting with US representatives in Islamabad on February 18, ahead of… Continue reading World update: February 14 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 15 2019

EUROPE EUROPEAN UNION US and European Union negotiators will begin talking about trade issues later this year, but it already looks like they’re going to have a pretty rough time reaching an accord: The EU’s executive body will meet Tuesday to firm up the bloc’s parameters for talks expected to launch later this year. It… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 15 2019

Europe/Americas update: October 31 2018

Happy Halloween to those who are celebrating! EUROPE RUSSIA A suicide bomber struck the Federal Security Service (FSB) office in the city of Arkhangelsk on Wednesday, injuring three people (the bomber obviously died). So far there’s been no motive offered for the bombing, which is a fairly unusual occurrence in Russia outside of the North Caucasus… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 31 2018

World update: October 3 2018

ASIA GEORGIA NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg promised on Wednesday that Georgia will one day be a member of the transatlantic alliance. Which is great, I bet the Russians will be really happy for Georgia. ARMENIA Eurasianet’s Joshua Kucera has more on the latest political tensions in Armenia: Armenians poured into the streets of Yerevan on… Continue reading World update: October 3 2018

World update: October 2 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan led a rally of his supporters in Yerevan on Tuesday against what he called a “counterrevolution” by his political opponents. Pashinian’s rise to the premiership in May, amid massive public protests against then-PM Serzh Sargsyan, didn’t do anything to address the fact that Sargsyan’s Republican Party still has a majority in parliament.… Continue reading World update: October 2 2018

World update: August 22 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban may be attending Afghan peace talks in Russia next month, but the Afghan government said on Wednesday that it will not. Kabul cited its desire for “direct talks” with the Taliban but offered no reason why it up and decided not to go after it initially appeared receptive to the idea… Continue reading World update: August 22 2018