Shithole update #2 (Asia/Africa): January 11-12 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A Friday morning Taliban attack on a police outpost in Farah province killed three Afghan police officers. US forces on Thursday reportedly bombed an Afghan government-aligned militia in Nangarhar province after one or more members of that militia opened fire on US special forces troops amid some kind of argument. At least 13 militia… Continue reading Shithole update #2 (Asia/Africa): January 11-12 2018

World update: January 1-2 2018

We’re going to ease back into things after the long holiday break. As usual when I take an extended break I’m not going to even attempt to run down everything that happened while I was gone. We’ll cover what’s happened the past couple of days with a few scattered looks at things that happened prior… Continue reading World update: January 1-2 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 24-25 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters killed ten Afghan police officers on Saturday in an attack on a checkpoint outside of the city of Herat. All told, Agence France-Presse says that Afghanistan just suffered its deadliest Ramadan since the US invaded back in 2001, with over 200 people having been killed. Well, you know what they say:… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 24-25 2017

Conflict update: January 9 2017

Apologies; normally I like to keep things more active around here, but I’m working on a big piece for LobeLog and it’s taking a while to get through it. It’s a long Q&A with a couple of respected foreign policy analysts about the Obama foreign policy legacy. And while you might think that sounds easy,… Continue reading Conflict update: January 9 2017

Third term-itis strikes the DRC and Rwanda, maybe elsewhere

The immediate cause of recent coups and coup attempts in Burkina Faso and Burundi has been moves by presidents in both countries (ex-President Blaise Compaoré in Burkina Faso and current President Pierre Nkurunziza in Burundi) to set aside their national constitutions and run for a third term as president. Several African nations instituted new or… Continue reading Third term-itis strikes the DRC and Rwanda, maybe elsewhere