Europe/Americas update: December 10 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The Trump administration renewed its objection to Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea on Monday, with Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon arguing that it will give Moscow additional leverage over Western Europe while bypassing and isolating Ukraine. The Ukrainian economy is partially dependent on the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 10 2018

Europe/Americas update: December 4 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Mike Pompeo’s visit to the NATO foreign ministers meeting on Tuesday produced a rare bit of common ground between the US and the rest of the alliance over alleged Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty: After a meeting of senior U.S., Canadian, and European diplomats at NATO in Brussels on Tuesday,… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 4 2018

World update: November 28 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Salome Zurabishvili, the candidate of the ruling Georgian Dream party, won Tuesday’s presidential runoff election with almost 60 percent of the vote, besting challenger Grigol Vashadze. Georgian Dream is the party of Bidzina Ivanishvili, the richest man in Georgia and the man many believe is really running the country behind the scenes. Zurabishvili,… Continue reading World update: November 28 2018

World update: November 15 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 30 Afghan security personnel were killed in several Taliban attacks in Farah province on Wednesday and Thursday. The Taliban has been very active in Farah for the past several months, which Afghan officials have attributed to aid from both Iran and Pakistan. More than 50 Afghans were killed in the province… Continue reading World update: November 15 2018

World update: November 14 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 9 Afghan soldiers were killed in Maidan Wardak province and 3 Afghan police officers were killed in Takhar province late Tuesday in separate Taliban attacks. Meanwhile, at least 7000 Hazara are believed to have been displaced by recent Taliban advances in Ghazni province’s Jaghori and Malistan districts. They’ve gone either to… Continue reading World update: November 14 2018

Europe/Americas update: November 12 2018

EUROPE CYPRUS The Cypriot governments opened two border crossings between the country’s Turkish and Greek regions on Monday. The openings went relatively peacefully and are seen as a critical step toward resuming talks on reunifying the island nation, which has been divided since a 1974 pro-Greek coup in Nicosia prompted a Turkish invasion and occupation… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 12 2018

World update: October 29 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least six people were wounded on Monday when an ISIS suicide bomber struck near the headquarters of the Afghan election commission in Kabul. SRI LANKA Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa began his new gig as prime minister on Monday, after having been suddenly appointed to the job by current President Maithripala… Continue reading World update: October 29 2018