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Moscow Again Putting Separatist Regions in Play Against Georgia

February 27, 2015

On February 18, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the head of the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia,” David Sanakoev, signed an agreement “On the State Border,” whereby Russia recognized the “state borders”...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia, Russia

Will the West Bail out Ukraine?

February 27, 2015

The war in Ukraine’s eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk did not stop when 2014 came to a close. Therefore, the $27 billion two-year assistance package, promised to Ukraine by the West last May, has turned out to be...

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

The Normandy Format and Ukraine: Doing More Harm Than Good

February 27, 2015

The foreign affairs ministers of Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine—the “Normandy Four” countries—met on February 24, in Paris, to review the situation in Ukraine’s east. Russian and proxy forces had captured Ukraine’s...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Germany, France, Western Europe

Russian Government Tries to Bolster Cossack Groups in the North Caucasus

February 27, 2015

After losing the support of ethnic Russians who were once abundantly present in the republics of the North Caucasus (Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Cherkessia), Moscow is constantly looking for...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security

Russian Government Tries to Bolster Cossack Groups in the North Caucasus

February 27, 2015

After losing the support of ethnic Russians who were once abundantly present in the republics of the North Caucasus (Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Cherkessia), Moscow is constantly looking for...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis, Domestic/Social

FSB Director Says Islamic State fighters Include 1,700 Russian Citizens

February 26, 2015

As elements of the Islamic State (IS) infiltrate the territory of the North Caucasus, the looming question is whether the caliphate will have an actual impact on the situation in the region. As of now, it can be said with...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

What Do the Minsk Armistice Talks Have in Store for Belarus?

February 26, 2015

Most political commentators agree that the Minsk armistice negotiations over the war in eastern Ukraine have raised Belarus’s international profile (see EDM, February 12). Thus, according to Kirill Koktysh, a Minsk-born professor...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Europe, Belarus

FSB Director Says Islamic State fighters Include 1,700 Russian Citizens

February 26, 2015

As elements of the Islamic State (IS) infiltrate the territory of the North Caucasus, the looming question is whether the caliphate will have an actual impact on the situation in the region. As of now, it can be said with...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, North Caucasus Analysis, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Middle East, Syria

Russia Proposes a Yalta-2 Geopolitical Tradeoff to Solve the Ukrainian Crisis

February 26, 2015

As the Ukraine crisis deepens and European countries increasingly worry about the possibility of an all-out confrontation with Russia, the Kremlin has begun to make public the basic conditions of an overall political solution...

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

Russia’s Quest for Balkan Influence and Bases

February 25, 2015

Russia has long harbored an expansionist drive to the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. And the prelude or precondition for Moscow to be able to make real progress toward securing its influence in these areas has been its...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Military/Security

Ukraine Caught in the Straitjacket of Negotiating Formats

February 25, 2015

The political and military terms of the Minsk Two agreement (February 12) and capture of Debaltseve by Russia’s proxies breaching the ceasefire (February 18) show the extent of Ukraine’s entrapment into Russia’s conflict...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Vlad’s Corner

Chechen Conscripts and Their Russian Commanders—Irreconcilable Differences?

February 25, 2015

Following a series of fistfights between Chechen conscripts and other draftees in the Russian Armed Forces, a public scandal broke out in the 205th Motorized Rifle Brigade, based in the Stavropol region city of Budyonnovsk. On...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Military/Security, The Caucasus, North Caucasus

Chechen Conscripts and Their Russian Commanders—Irreconcilable Differences?

February 25, 2015

Following a series of fistfights between Chechen conscripts and other draftees in the Russian Armed Forces, a public scandal broke out in the 205th Motorized Rifle Brigade, based in the Stavropol region city of Budyonnovsk. On...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis, The Caucasus, North Caucasus

Dagestan Risks Becoming a ‘Yugoslavia in the Caucasus’

February 24, 2015

Dagestan, the most ethnically complex republic in the North Caucasus, faces an ever greater risk that it will disintegrate as Yugoslavia did. This growing danger exists both because of the changing demographics and power...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Dagestan Risks Becoming a ‘Yugoslavia in the Caucasus’

February 24, 2015

Dagestan, the most ethnically complex republic in the North Caucasus, faces an ever greater risk that it will disintegrate as Yugoslavia did. This growing danger exists both because of the changing demographics and power...

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

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