Author: Tom Wilkinson

U.S.-Taliban Talks Underway In Qatar

On October 9th, U.S. officials met with representatives of the Taliban for the first talks after American withdrawal from Afghanistan in August. These talks, taking place in Qatar, are expected to focus on issues of humanitarian aid, the evacuation of American citizens, and the ongoing containment of extremist groups in

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Afghanistan: Killing Of Civilians Requires More Than An Apology

On 17 September, American officials admitted that an August drone attack in Kabul did not kill an ISIS-K operative as initially claimed. Instead, the drone strike which occurred on August 29 killed an aid worker and nine other members of his family. United States officials have apologized, but surviving members

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Iranian Lack Of Transparency Jeopardizing Nuclear Deal

Over the weekend of September 11th, Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will visit Iran for talks to try and ease a standoff that has emerged between Iran and the Western world over the former’s nuclear program. Earlier this same week, the U.N. atomic watchdog

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Afghanistan: Continued Resistance Against Taliban Rule

In Afghanistan, resistance against Taliban rule continued to mount over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of September. In Kabul, dozens of women marched on the presidential palace to demand their rights under a Taliban-led Afghanistan. Meanwhile, violent resistance in the Panjshir Valley region north of Kabul continued as

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Taliban Makes Major Gains, Approaches Kabul

In Afghanistan, the Taliban have made major gains over the past week. At the time of writing, on Sunday the 15th of August, the Afghan government no longer controls many of the nation’s major cities. Since August 9th, the Taliban has managed to seize over 22 provincial capitals throughout the

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G7 Leaders Unveil Major Infrastructure Project Designed To Counter Chinese ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

On Saturday, 12 June, the Group of Seven (G7) nations revealed plans for a major infrastructure program for lower-income countries. This program, dubbed the “Build Back Better World” (B3W) initiative, is clearly intended as a Western-aligned alternative to Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road’ (BRI) infrastructure initiative, which some commentators believe to

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U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal To Be Reviewed By Biden Administration

On the 22nd of January, the Biden Administration announced its intention to review the February 2020 peace agreement reached with the Taliban under the Trump Administration. This comes amidst a retooling of American foreign policy under the Biden administration, with President Biden seeking to re-establish America’s credibility on the world

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UN Secretary General Urges ‘Climate Emergencies’ Worldwide

On Saturday the 12th of December, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on world leaders to declare states of ‘climate emergency’ in their nations, in the hopes that this would spur greater action to avoid climate change. Guterres’ comments came during his opening statement to the Climate Ambition Summit,

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