World update: February 19 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Six civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in Laghman province on Tuesday. No group has claimed responsibility but the Taliban are likely culprits given the location. At LobeLog, journalist Alia Ahmed lays out a path forward for Afghanistan as peace talks continue between the US and the Taliban: In this phase, the… Continue reading World update: February 19 2019

World update: December 14 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A joint Afghan-US offensive in Kunar province late Thursday killed 20 Taliban fighters and/or 60 civilians, depending on whose story you believe. The Taliban are obviously pushing the latter scenario, while Kabul is obviously pushing the former. The savvy reader will note that they’re not mutually exclusive. Elsewhere, a drone strike in Helmand… Continue reading World update: December 14 2018

World update: November 8 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Journalist David O’Byrne looks at what US sanctions on Iran might mean for the Caucasus. Georgia seems minimally affected, and Azerbaijan as a net energy exporter will probably be OK, but Armenia could be in a difficult situation: The bulk of Armenia’s gas is imported from Russia (via Georgia), but Yerevan also imported… Continue reading World update: November 8 2018

World update: November 7 2018

Happy Diwali to those who are celebrating! ASIA PAKISTAN Asia Bibi, whose 2010 blasphemy conviction was tossed out in court last week, has reportedly been released from prison. Which may not be great news for her, given that she and her family have almost certainly become targets for Islamist extremists. Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, has been… Continue reading World update: November 7 2018

Asia/Africa update: October 31 2018

Happy Halloween for anyone celebrating! ASIA AFGHANISTAN An Afghan army helicopter crashed on its way from Farah province to Herat province on Wednesday, killing 25 people including the head of the Farah provincial council and a western regional Afghan military commander. The Taliban claims to have shot the helicopter down but Afghan officials have disputed… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 31 2018

Asia/Africa update: August 7 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least three Taliban attacks–one overnight in Farah province and two on Tuesday in Logar province–have killed dozens of Afghan forces and civilians. At least four pro-government fighters were killed in Farah. Four women were killed in the crossfire during one of the battles in Logar. At least 12 Afghan fighters were killed… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 7 2018

Asia/Africa update: April 26 2018

ASIA GEORGIA The richest person in Georgia is tired of the little people mucking around with his politics and is ready to do something about it: Georgia’s richest man Bidzina Ivanishvili has emerged from seclusion to take back the reins of the ruling Georgian Dream party in an apparent attempt to iron out bitter divisions… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: April 26 2018