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Flashpoint: Crimea

April 1, 2014 01:30 PM

In the aftermath of the withdrawal of Ukrainian military forces, the security situation in Crimea is still unstable.  Nearly 300,000 Crimean Tatars reside on the strategic Black Sea peninsula,...

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If War Comes Tomorrow: Putin’s Gamble in Eastern Ukraine

April 15, 2014 10:15 PM

Russian, Ukrainian and Western media, commentators and officials offer conflicting interpretations of Russia’s military “buildup” along Ukraine’s eastern border. The reality of the size and composition of those forces is fiercely disputed. A near war of words has erupted between Moscow and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) following the Alliance releasing unclassified satellite images of the Russian forces and military hardware close to the border with Ukraine. The presence of Russian Armed Forces units, which according to NATO top brass, could commence operations in Ukraine...

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Chechen Population Set to Explode

April 15, 2014

Much has been made in Moscow and the West in recent months about falling fertility rates—the number of children per woman over a lifetime—among the Muslim nationalities of the North Caucasus, with some Russian and Western experts suggesting that the Russian Federation no longer faces a demographic threat from that direction. But a set of new figures from Chechnya show why that is not the case....

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia

Early Presidential Election Campaign Starts in Ukraine

April 15, 2014

On April 4, the Ukrainian Central Electoral Commission completed the registration of candidates for the country’s snap presidential election. It had been scheduled for May 25 by parliament in February, immediately after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych. Yet, the campaign has already attracted some violence as a number of registered candidates have come under attack from groups espousing...

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The Cost to Ukraine of Crimea’s Annexation

April 14, 2014

The Ukrainian government has apparently understated its possible economic losses caused by Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula. According to a recent valuation by the Ukrainian Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Russia seized an estimated 127 billion hryvna ($10 billion) of assets in Crimea, which included both natural resources and business assets...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Europe, Ukraine

Ukrainians Replace North Caucasians as the Universal Villains in Russia

April 14, 2014

The Russian invasion of Crimea and the tensions with the West that followed it have created a new public climate in Russia with regard to the North Caucasus. “Today, when Russia has found itself practically on the verge of war with its closest neighbor, all resources—law enforcement personnel, journalists, etc.—are being dispatched to the Ukrainian front,” Dagestani expert Ruslan Kurbanov wrote...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Europe, Ukraine, Russia

The Gas Offensive With Spetsnaz Probing Strikes in the Ukrainian Campaign

April 14, 2014

Inevitably, Russia is trying to regain the initiative in the Ukrainian crisis by applying the most powerful instrument of its foreign policy—the export of natural gas to Europe. Last Thursday (April, 10), President Vladimir Putin sent a letter to the leaders of the 18 European states that purchase Russian gas via pipelines going through Ukraine with a stark warning that their supplies were at...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Energy, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Can Ashgabat Reconcile Kabul With the Taliban?

April 11, 2014

The government of Turkmenistan has begun mobilizing the country’s army reservists and has sent them to the border with Afghanistan. At least a few dozen reservists were deployed to the town of Serhetabad, (formerly known as Kushka) on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan border. The border situation worsened dramatically when, on February 27, Taliban forces killed three Turkmenistani border patrol...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, Central Asia, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, South Asia

Georgia Is Reeling After President Obama’s NATO Statement

April 11, 2014

Statements and declarations about Georgia made by Western countries and especially the United States carry big weight in Tbilisi. Every one of them is read, re-read, analyzed, and scrutinized by Georgian politicians, experts and ordinary citizens alike. US President Barack Obama’s March 26 statement in Brussels had even greater importance for Tbilisi as it directly touched on the issue of...

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The Islamic Factor in Crimea

April 11, 2014

Russia’s Anschluss of Crimea last month was carried out according to all the standard procedures of the Third Reich. Like Nazi Germany and the Sudetenland in 1938, Moscow captured Crimea and presented the move as a triumph of historical justice ( are also some important differences between what happened in Europe in 1938 and what happened in in...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Russia, The Caucasus, North Caucasus

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Vladimir Socor is a senior fellow of The Jamestown Foundation and regular writer for Eurasia Daily Monitor.

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Russia Builds Leverage Ahead of Ukraine’s Presidential Election

April 10, 2014 09:56 PM

Moscow seems to be preparing the atmosphere for a possible military intervention in Ukraine’s eastern regions. Russia could, if it deemed expedient, intervene there with troops in some form or other,...

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