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 20 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 72 people were killed on Friday in two suicide bombings targeting mosques in Kabul and in Ghor province. The Kabul bombing, in which at least 39 people were killed, struck a Shiʿa mosque, and while there’s been no claim of responsibility this may well have been ISIS’s work given the choice of target.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 20 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/Africa update: October 6 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Several Obama-era foreign policy officials wrote a piece for Foreign Policy today arguing that closing up the Taliban office in Qatar–as the Trump administration seems inclined to ask Doha to do–would be a mistake. They acknowledge that having a Taliban office in Qatar has done pretty much nothing to further the cause of a… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 6 2017