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Georgian Political Field Fragments Ahead of the 2016 Parliamentary Elections

May 5, 2016

Georgian politics rarely lacks drama or signs of fragmentation, but the much-anticipated recent arrival of Paata Burchuladze, a world-renowned Georgian operatic bass, to the political stage has added a fresh, new dynamic (Civil...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia

Can Adygea Continue to Avoid Problems Related to the Spread of Radical Islam?

May 5, 2016

The Republic of Adygea is located in the middle of the northwestern Caucasus, in the watershed of the Kuban, Laba and Belaya rivers. Although historically the area was the homeland of many Circassian tribes, wars and the forced...

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

An Unfrozen Karabakh Threatens to Ignite Entire Region

May 5, 2016

The Azerbaijani-Armenian confrontation over Azerbaijan’s breakaway territory of Karabakh has been simmering for years. The 1994 ceasefire was broken time and again, soldiers on both sides were killed year after year, and all...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Military/Security, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Azerbaijan , Armenia, Russia

Crimea’s Supreme Court Bans Crimean Tatar Mejlis Based on Fictitious Claims

May 4, 2016

On April 26, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea officially banned the Mejlis, the quasi-governing assembly of the of the Crimean Tatar people (Qha.com.ua, April 26). After this verdict, all Mejlis activities were...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Europe, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia

Moscow’s Appointment in Doha Goes Awry

May 4, 2016

Russian talks with Gulf states, in Doha, Qatar, aimed at freezing oil production and thereby raising prices, broke down on April 17 (RT, April 17). This failure to reach an agreement represents a major setback for Russia’s...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Foreign Policy, Middle East, Russia, Energy

In Courting Iran, Russia Seeks Politically Safe Foreign Investment for the North Caucasus

May 4, 2016

On April 11–16, representatives of an Iranian investment company, Hamrahian Group, visited Dagestan to explore possibilities for cooperation with the North Caucasian republic. The visit came just weeks after Dagestan’s governor,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Economics, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Middle East, Iran, Russia

Russian Money for Belarus: Not for a Base but to Limit Minsk’s Turn Toward Europe

May 3, 2016

Many observers have concluded that Moscow’s new $2 billion aid package to Belarus is part of a deal to allow Russia to establish a military airbase on the territory of its western neighbor. But it is increasingly clear that...

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

Russia’s Defense Industry Creaks Under High-Tech Military Demands

May 3, 2016

Despite Russia’s defense budget sequestration, ranging from 5 to 10 percent depending on the source, the political-military leadership continues to put a brave face on meeting the expectations generated by its fantastically...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Russia

Trapped Between War and Peace: The Case of Karabakh

May 2, 2016

Large-scale armed clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops, from April 2 to 5 (see EDM, April 6), drew the international spotlight back to the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Karabakh, which has commonly been perceived...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Armenia, Azerbaijan

Stavropol Patriots Sound Alarm That Dagestani Oligarch Is Taking Over Region

May 2, 2016

Regional activists in Stavropol region have sounded the alarm, alleging that a Dagestani oligarch is planning to buy up the region’s politicians. A source said that the Dagestani billionaire, Magomedrasul Omarov, wants to expand...

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

Russia Seeks to Reenergize Its Pivot to the East

May 2, 2016

Over the past several years, whenever Moscow entered into a difficult encounter on the Western “front,” it has typically tried to show interest in expanding ties in the Asia-Pacific. In the last couple of weeks, the fruitless...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Russia, Far East/Siberia

Critics Question Decision of Georgian Minister of Defense to Abolish Conscription

April 29, 2016

Georgia’s Minister of Defense Tinatin Khidasheli stated, on April 20, that she was prepared to end conscript service and fully transition the country’s army to a professional military force. “The defense ministry of Georgia has...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia

Islamic State Continues to Gain Influence in Southern Russia

April 29, 2016

Karachaevo-Cherkessia, a mountainous republic in the northwestern Caucasus, has long been out of the news when it comes to attacks by the armed Islamist underground movement against government forces. Russia’s security services...

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

Russia’s Northern Sea Route Ambitions

April 29, 2016

Earlier this month, on April 19, the State Commission on the development of the Arctic Regions convened in Moscow to establish a single company to oversee all the logistics operations in the Russian Far North (Arctic.ru, April...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Economics, Russia, Arctic/High North

How Islamic State Gained Ground in India Using Indigenous Militant Networks

April 29, 2016

A series of arrests this year in India has highlighted how India has been unable to escape its overtures as Islamic State (IS) continues its attempts to expand its geographical and online reach beyond Iraq and Syria.

While IS...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Terrorism, Iraq, Syria, India

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