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Spain Grapples with Growing Islamic State Threat

November 21, 2014

A recent report by the UN Security Council estimated that 15,000 people from over 80 countries have so far travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State organization and other extremist groups, “including…...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, Western Europe, Syria, Iraq

After Fatal Attack on Shi’as, Saudi Arabia Gets Tough on Terrorism

November 21, 2014

On November 3, five people were shot dead and nine others wounded when three masked gunmen attacked a group of Shi’as who were leaving a mosque at the village of al-Dalwa in Ahsa governorate in Saudi Arabia’s eastern region. The...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Terrorism, Middle East

The Maldives-Syria Connection: Jihad in Paradise?

November 21, 2014

The Maldives, the Muslim-majority archipelago country in the Indian Ocean, is going through a tumultuous time, facing increasing Islamist activities at home, an exodus of radicalized youth to join the jihad in Syria and a growing...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Terrorism, South Asia, Syria, Iraq

BRIEFS

November 21, 2014

FRENCH JIHADISTS NAMED AFTER ISLAMIC STATE KILLINGS

James Brandon

The videotaped execution of 18 Syrian soldiers and the U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig by the Islamic State organization garnered fresh international notoriety for...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Brief, Global Terrorism Analysis, Terrorism, Western Europe, Syria, Iraq, North America, France

Kazakhstan Announces New Economic Policy to Avoid Another Crisis

November 21, 2014

On November 11, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev made a pre-announced televised address to the nation. Since 1997, the president annually addresses the two chambers of parliament at the beginning of the calendar year,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Domestic/Social, Central Asia, Kazakhstan , Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Another Clash Reported Between Security Forces and Rebels in Chechnya

November 21, 2014

As he has done for years, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov was the first to announce the latest government operation against rebel militants in Chechnya. Kadyrov stated on his personal Instagram webpage that government forces had...

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

Russia-US Nuclear Cooperation Implodes

November 21, 2014

Tensions between Russia and the United States, deepened by the Ukraine crisis, have now affected nuclear security cooperation—an area that had previously resisted the fallout from earlier disputes over ballistic missile defense,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Russia, North America

Belarus: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

November 20, 2014

Three inter-related themes engage attention in the Belarusian and international media: the ambivalent image of Belarus, its upcoming presidential elections, and the Belarusian economy. The economy appears to be the linchpin of...

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

Conflicts Involving North Caucasians Erupt Inside Russian Army

November 20, 2014

The tradition of North Caucasus mountaineers serving in the Russian army goes back 150 years. In the 1870s, the Russian Empire tried to tie the mountaineers to the Russian system of governance by forming ethnic-based volunteer...

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

Ukrainian Donbas Becomes a Russian Protectorate

November 20, 2014

In a transcript of a TV interview to German journalists published by the Kremlin this week, President Vladimir Putin declared: “There is war in the East of Ukraine. The Ukrainian government is using its army and even ballistic...

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

Special Issue on China's Fourth Plenum

November 20, 2014

As Editor, I have the distinct pleasure of introducing a special issue of China Brief, focused on the Chinese Communist Party’s Fourth Plenum and its theme of yifazhiguo, often translated as the “rule of law,” though, as one...

Category: China Brief, In a Fortnight, Home Page, Domestic/Social, China and the Asia-Pacific, China

China’s New National Constitution Day: Is It Worth Celebrating?

November 20, 2014

In one of its few precise actions, the recent fourth plenary session of the current Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party declared December 4 to be “National Constitution Day” (China News, November 1). The Standing...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Featured, China and the Asia-Pacific, China

After the Fourth Plenum: What Direction for Law in China?

November 20, 2014

On October 23, Chinese authorities concluded their annual Party plenum, focused on “ruling China according to law” (yifa zhiguo)—the first time that top Chinese leaders have designated law as the central focus for the meeting. In...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Featured, China, China and the Asia-Pacific

Xi Consolidates Power at Fourth Plenum, But Sees Limits

November 20, 2014

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) pledged to promote rule of law with Chinese characteristics at the Fourth Plenary Session of its Central Committee. President Xi Jinping, also Party General Secretary, promised that the CCP would...

Category: China Brief, Willy’s Corner, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Elite, China and the Asia-Pacific, China

Fourth Plenum: Implications for China’s Approach to International Law and Politics

November 20, 2014

At the recently completed Fourth Plenum of the 18th Party Congress, Chinese leaders directed efforts to reform existing international institutions and laws and promote alternative values, political principles and legal arguments...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, South China Sea

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