Asia/Africa update: December 8 2017

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN Russia’s neighbors, even the ones that have good relations with Moscow, are quietly adopting new military doctrines in response to Russian actions in Ukraine: Without much ado, Kazakhstan adopted a new military doctrine in September, replacing a 2011 document that had become dated. The new document states that Kazakhstan does not have enemies.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 8 2017

Nigeria’s good idea, maybe

Nigeria’s so-new-he-still-has-that-new-president-smell President Muhammadu Buhari reached a deal today with four of his neighbors — Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Benin — to create a multi-national military force tasked with putting Boko Haram out of everybody’s misery. This is a good idea, at least in principle; Boko Haram may have its roots in northeast Nigeria, but… Continue reading Nigeria’s good idea, maybe