World update: December 1 2017

ASIA PAKISTAN At least four Pakistani Taliban fighters stormed a dormitory at the University of Peshawar on Friday, killing at least nine people. Most students had gone home for the holiday (today was Muhammad’s birthday, which is observed by most Muslims), so it’s possible this attack could have been much deadlier. NORTH KOREA South Korea’s… Continue reading World update: December 1 2017

World update: November 2 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Eurasianet helpfully tries to counter the emerging media narrative that Uzbekistan is little more than ISIS’s training facility: Such instant analysis falls short, mainly because it has to oversimplify in order to make a pattern plausible, many regional scholars contend. Edward Lemon, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, warned… Continue reading World update: November 2 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 30 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 15 Afghan police officers were killed on Monday in two separate Taliban attacks, one Ghazni province and the other in Zabul. Also on Monday, the Taliban said that Kevin King, an American professor it kidnapped from Kabul University in August 2016, is gravely ill with heart and kidney problems. Stimson’s Ali… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 30 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 25 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has significantly shifted his country’s position on foreign trade from what it was under his predecessor, Islam Karimov. Karimov liked to slap high tariffs on imported products to grow domestic industries, and Mirziyoyev has been undoing that policy since taking office. There are a lot of high barriers to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 25 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 12-13 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The United Nations says that civilian casualties from American and Afghan airstrikes have risen 50 percent over last year. This comes amid the implementation of Donald Trump’s “bomb the shit out of them and by them I mean whoever” strategy for winning the War on Terror, but notably mostly happened before Trump launched… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 12-13 2017

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 23-25 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A car bomber attacked a NATO convoy in Kabul on Sunday, wounding several people but killing nobody (at least as yet). Increasing Taliban activity in Afghanistan’s southern Oruzgan province has forced the closure of all or nearly all of the province’s medical facilities. The provincial government says the Taliban threatened the facilities unless… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 23-25 2017

Asia/Africa update: September 16-17 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Two bombings in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday–one in Khost province and the other in Laghman province–killed at least six people in total. These are likely to have been Taliban attacks. Hey, exciting news! Kabul’s Green Zone is getting bigger: Soon, American Embassy employees in Kabul will no longer need to take a Chinook… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 16-17 2017