Asia/Africa update: February 25 2019

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed a new prime minister on Monday–Askar Mamin, who had previously served as first deputy PM. Nazarbayev forced the resignation of his entire cabinet last week, citing its economic policy failures. KASHMIR India and Pakistan are both mobilizing their forces in Kashmir, and Kashmiris living along the Line of… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 25 2019

Asia/Africa update: February 23-24 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan peace talks may be approaching a breakthrough, but it’s come at a high cost. The United Nations says that 2018 was the deadliest year for civilians in at least the last decade, with 3804 killed: In a report released Sunday, the United Nations attributed almost two-thirds of civilian casualties — 63 percent… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 23-24 2019

World update: February 22 2019

ASIA PAKISTAN The Financial Action Task Force warned Pakistan on Friday that if it doesn’t clean up its links to extremist groups by May it will likely land itself on the FATF’s blacklist. Pakistan is currently on the group’s “gray” list, which makes it harder for Islamabad to access international funds, but getting bumped to… Continue reading World update: February 22 2019

World update: February 21 2019

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered his entire cabinet to resign on Thursday, citing its failure to improve and diversify the Kazakh economy. He subsequently appointed Askar Mamin to replace now-former Prime Minister Bakhytzhan Sagintayev. There is growing discontent within Kazakhstan about the country’s economic struggles and a lack of job creation. INDIA The… Continue reading World update: February 21 2019

World update: February 19 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Six civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in Laghman province on Tuesday. No group has claimed responsibility but the Taliban are likely culprits given the location. At LobeLog, journalist Alia Ahmed lays out a path forward for Afghanistan as peace talks continue between the US and the Taliban: In this phase, the… Continue reading World update: February 19 2019

World update: February 18 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN It would appear that a Taliban delegation’s planned trip to Islamabad this week, which maybe/probably would have included a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, fell through for a host of reasons. A formal Afghan government complaint to the United Nations about the Taliban’s violations of its travel ban was part… Continue reading World update: February 18 2019

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 16-17 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A roadside bomb in Kandahar province killed three Afghan civilians on Sunday. Presumably the Taliban was responsible. On Friday, the Taliban attacked an Afghan border outpost in Kandahar and killed all 32 border guards posted there. So far it appears that one Taliban fighter–the one who drove the truck bomb that was used… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 16-17 2019