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AFGHANISTAN: Taliban advance swiftly as US forces exit
The decision to hold the election on October 11, a month earlier than scheduled, may be intended to pre-empt employment and energy problems, both likely to worsen before year-end.
TAJIKISTAN: Stability not assured as Rahmon stays on
Health emergency responses in Central Asia.
TAJIKISTAN/TURKMENISTAN: States may pay for inaction
Like Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan took timely action when evidence of COVID-19 emerged. Their governments' claim of effective management may prove justified but…
Patrushev was referring to recent fighting in the eastern Nangarhar province which seriously damaged IS as a fighting force. The Taliban say it was they, not Afghan…