Monthly Archives: August 2013

MENA Week in Review

Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the MENA region over the last week: U.S. Policy: President Obama said today that he is considering a limited military strike in response to the apparent chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime last Wednesday (8/21). The administration also released […]

Eurasia News Week in Review

A round-up of some of the top articles and news highlights from around Central Eurasia over the last week: Central Asia The United States embassy in Astana has denied mediareports that the U.S. is planning to move operations from its Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan. “It would be premature to make any assumptions […]

Africa Week in Review – August 30

The International Business Times (IBT) reports that the U.S. Agency for International Development efforts in the Sahel, an initiative called the Sahel Resiliency Program, is being delayed. Apparently, the delay is because no contractor has come forward to bid for the program. IBT points out that “USAID’s difficulties get to the heart of one of […]

Kazakhstan: Top Partner for the U.S. in Central Asia

In a September 2012, Security Assistance Monitor blogger, Joshua Kucera, published a  report on the United States’ military aid in Central Asia. In the report, Kucera notes that U.S. military aid to Central Asia significantly increased after the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2002. While all […]

Guatemala sends Special Forces to D.R. Congo for UN peacekeeping mission.

This blog is cross-posted and co-authored with the Latin America focused Just the Facts blogger Sarah Kinosian.  Last week Guatemala sent 150 troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there. The soldiers were members of the Kaibiles, an elite counterinsurgency unit that has a notoriously violent […]

Security Assistance and Water Conflict in Central Asia

Last week, Tajikistan’s government hosted a high-level international water conference. Along with the platitudes that such conferences usually provide, the Tajikistan event was noteworthy for the participation of Uzbekistan. It wasn’t the boilerplate diplomatic language (in Russian) used by Uzbekistan’s delegate to the conference, the deputy minister for agriculture and water, that drew attention, but […]

Tripoli Bombings: Blasting Open the Floodgates?

Two bombings left 47 dead after last Friday’s prayers in Tripoli, Lebanon. Many analysts are concerned that these blasts, together with a bombing in the largely pro-Hezbollah Beirut suburb of Ruwaiss that killed at least 27 two weeks ago, will lead to a resurgence of sectarian violence. “If any doubt remained about whether the conflict […]