The Weekly Snapshot

Weekly Snapshot: 12-18 August 2018

Weekly Snapshot 12-18 August 2018 1. Agreement on the Caspian Sea On August 12th, the five countries surrounding the Caspian Sea are set to meet about the status of the contested body of water. Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan have been debating the status of the Sea since the fall of the Soviet Union. […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 5-11 August 2018

Weekly Snapshot 5-11 August 2018 1. Iranian Naval Exercises Heighten Tensions Once Again Naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz were started this week by Iran. This is the biggest naval exercise that Iran engages in, with one US defense official saying there are more than 100 ships participating. However, most of the ships are […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 29 July – 4 August 2018

Weekly Snapshot 29 July – 4 August 1. Peace on the horizon in South Sudan The South Sudanese foreign minister has announced that President Salva Kiir and the rebel leader Riek Machar have, on some points, come to an agreement. This is a big first step in ending the five-year civil war between these two […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 22-28 July 2018

1. Update on the Gaza Strip Last week we reported on a series of flare-ups in the conflict between Israel and Palestine on the Gaza Strip. This week there has been more hostilities and harsh words between these two sides. Last week the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) launched an air assault raising the tensions even […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 15-21 July 2018

Weekly Snapshot 15-21 July 1. Flare-up in the Gaza Strip Mediation efforts from countries around the world lead to a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but the two sides are back at it again. Hours after the cease-fire, rocket sirens in Israeli communities on the border of the Gaza strip started to sound. Israel said […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 8-14 July 2018

Weekly Snapshot 8-14 July 2018 1. US Service member killed in Afghanistan This week a US service member was killed by an Afghan security force member. The attack happened in the southern province of Uruzgan. The attack, which killed four and left several wounded (including two other service members), comes just over a year after […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 1-7 July 2018

Weekly Snapshot 1-7 July 2018 1. President Trump Requests a “Space Force” be Established On Monday, 28 June, President Donald Trump requested the United States Department of Defense to begin work on a proposed 6th military branch which would revolve around operations in outer space. The proposal still has a long way to go before […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 24-30 June 2018

Weekly Snapshot 24-30 June 2018 1. President Trump Requests a “Space Force” be Established On Monday, 28 June, President Donald Trump requested the United States Department of Defense to begin work on a proposed 6th military branch which would revolve around operations in outer space. The proposal still has a long way to go before […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 17-23 June 2018

Weekly Snapshot 17-23 June 2018 1. The Taliban is calling for negotiations to end US involvement in Afghanistan Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada has come out with a statement saying that the Afghans’ salvation lay in America and other occupying forces leaving and repeated a call for talks with the United States. Akhunzada said, “If the American […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 3-9 June 2018

Weekly Snapshot 3-9 June 2018 1. Russia fighting back on US sanctions On May 31st the Russian Federation Council has passed a new bill as a way to fight back against US sanctions. The bill, if signed into law by President Putin, would allow the President of Russia to terminate or suspend the cooperation of […]

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