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The State of Afghanistan Peace Talks

On October 22, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports, By , , With No Comments

By: Christian Hawkes Photo: Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2019. On September 5, 2019, a suicide car bombing ripped through downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, killing ten people, including a U.S. soldier. The Taliban claimed responsibility for this and another attack three days earlier that killed sixteen people just east of the…

“Go There and You Are Free to Kill Everybody”

On October 21, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports, By ,, , With No Comments

By: Jacob Crandall Photo Credit: Controversial Police Chief Jovie Espenido  https://www.cnnphilippines.com/regional/2019/10/17/jovie-espenido-bacolod-.html 30 years ago, the Filipino city of Davao was one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Between communist groups, Muslim separatists, and local corruption, Davao had a 3-digit crime rate per 10,000 people. Asia Week branded Davao…

Rising Instability in Kashmir

On October 18, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports, By ,,,, , With No Comments

By: Sarah Pearce Photo Credit: “Will Kashmir Conflict between India and Pakistan Ever Be Solved?” Business Today, 27 Aug. 2019. Recently, the tension in the region of Kashmir and Jammu has reached a turning point. The citizens are protesting more than ever before, especially with the termination of article 370….

Terrorism in Pakistan: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

On October 10, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports, By ,, , With No Comments

By: Christian Hawkes photo courtesy: Yusufzai, Mushtaq; Whittaker, Francis; Mengli, Ahmed; Reuters. 2018.  Recent terror attacks have brought renewed scrutiny to a Pakistan-based Taliban branch. The group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for a roadside bomb blast in northwestern Pakistan in August that targeted members of a peace committee aiding…

Vietnamese Holding out the Rough Water in the South China Sea

On October 1, 2019, Posted by , In Asia, By ,, , With No Comments

By: Jeff Bates Photo Credit: 2014. Vietnamese Stage Mass Anti-China Protests Amid Oil Rig Tensions. Tensions in the South China Sea have escalated between certain countries and have also de-escalated with others.  Vietnam—who shares a border with China—is particularly concerned about China’s aggressiveness in the region. Beijing has recently engaged…