|Welcome to the latest issue of Diplomat Brief. This week our top story is an exclusive report from Afghanistan’s Paktia province where Franz J. Marty spoke to Afghan police who say they recently were subjected to attack by Taliban carried out via weaponized commercially available drones. We also have an interview with Dr. Aim Sinpeng, of the University of Sydney, about social media in Southeast Asia.|
|Story of the week|
|Fire From the Sky: The Afghan Taliban’s Drones|
What Happened: Despite ongoing peace negotiations, the Taliban continue their attacks, recently incorporating weaponized commercially available drones into their arsenal.
Our Focus: The apparent weaponization of commercial available drones by the Taliban, Franz J. Marty writes, “exemplify that the Taliban remain — despite engaging the Afghan government and other Afghan stakeholders in peace negotiations — intent on fighting the Afghan government and employ new, ingenuous tactics to do so.”
What Comes Next: Whether and to what extent the Taliban will continue, expand and/or improve their use of weaponized commercial drones is hard to predict.Read this story
|Behind the News|
Dr. Aim Sinpeng, a senior lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, on the dynamics of social media in Southeast Asia: “The Internet and social media’s arrival in the region have led to unprecedented levels of grassroots activism across societies, especially in authoritarian regimes.”Read the interview