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The Jamestown Foundation’s Fifth Annual China Defense and Security Conference

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Is Moscow Preparing for a New War Against Georgia?

March 24, 2015 03:06 PM

President Vladimir Putin has been organizing so many military exercises in so many parts of the Russian Federation (see EDM, March 19)—a process that has required Moscow to shift units from one area to another—that it is virtually impossible to say just where he intends to use military force next. But there is one possible clue: A recent article on the Kavkazskaya Politika website (Kavpolit.com) suggested that Moscow is preparing for a “new war” in the Caucasus against a country pursuing...


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Is Moscow Preparing for a New War Against Georgia?

March 24, 2015

President Vladimir Putin has been organizing so many military exercises in so many parts of the Russian Federation (see EDM, March 19)—a process that has required Moscow to shift units from one area to another—that it is virtually impossible to say just where he intends to use military force next. But there is one possible clue: A recent article on the Kavkazskaya Politika website (Kavpolit.com) suggested that Moscow is preparing for a “new war” in the Caucasus against a country pursuing...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Featured, Military/Security, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , South Caucasus , Georgia, Russia

Expert: North Caucasus May Start Exporting Instability to Other Parts of Russia

March 23, 2015

A well-known Russian expert on the North Caucasus, Konstantin Kazenin, has warned that the paramilitary groups of North Caucasus leaders may end up destabilizing the Russian Federation. According to Kazenin, several leaders from the North Caucasus have created essentially private armies, which defend their patrons and improve their bargaining positions in local disputes. But he points out that these groups may be used for hire, as in the case of the recent assassination in Moscow of leading...

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

Moscow Begins to Grasp the Threat Posed by Islamic State

March 20, 2015

As the militants of the armed Islamic resistance in the North Caucasus began taking oaths of allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (see EDM, January 30), the Russian authorities began looking for ways to confront them. On March 11, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev presided over a meeting of the governors of the North Caucasian Federal District in Pyatigorsk, the federal district’s de facto capital (Grozny-inform.ru, March 12). The participants discussed how to thwart...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Terrorism, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, Regions, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia, North Caucasus Analysis

Reaching out to the Balkans: Expansion of Azerbaijan’s Defense Cooperation?

March 20, 2015

The March 10–14 visit by Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov to Croatia and Slovenia attracted little attention in the local media. However, various background developments in the wake of these meetings—held to discuss the potential directions of bilateral military cooperation (Mod.gov.az, March 11)—suggest that the trip should perhaps have drawn more interest.

On the one hand, there has been relatively little military cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Balkan countries. The...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, Azerbaijan , Europe, Balkans

Kadyrov’s Future Hangs in the Balance After Nemtsov Murder

March 19, 2015

Chechen involvement in the murder of the prominent Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, on February 27, was considered one of the most probable versions of what happened from the outset of the official investigation. However, the arrest of Chechen suspects by the Russian Drug Control Agency (Gosnarkokontrol) in Ingushetia (Rusplt.ru, March 13) added more uncertainty to the story. Three Russian federal agencies are dealing with the Chechen suspects—the Investigative Committee, the Federal...

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

Leadership Change in Terek Cossack Military Points to Increasing Government Role

March 18, 2015

The Terek Cossack Military is undergoing profound changes as its leaders are systematically replaced with new figures, backed by the government. The change is especially visible in the largest part of the Terek Cossack force, the Stavropol region Cossack district. The previous ataman (chieftain) of the Stavropol branch, Alexander Falko, stepped down and was replaced with Alexander Zhuravsky. The governor of Stavropol region, Vladimir Vladimirov, apparently gave his consent to Zhuravsky’s...

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Restoration of Chechen District in Dagestan May Reverberate Across North Caucasus

March 16, 2015

On March 11, the authoritative Dagestani newspaper Novoe Delo reported that the government of Dagestan plans to speed up the restoration of the Aukhov district in the republic, which was originally populated by ethnic Chechens. A...

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

Insurgent Attacks in Dagestan Increase Despite Government Counter-Insurgency Operations

March 13, 2015

Judging by the actions of the militants in Dagestan in February and the beginning of March 2015, a major regrouping in the ranks of the Dagestani jamaat has been completed. After the rebels in Dagestan resolved the issues of...

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

Insurgent Attacks in Dagestan Increase Despite Government Counter-Insurgency Operations

March 13, 2015

Judging by the actions of the militants in Dagestan in February and the beginning of March 2015, a major regrouping in the ranks of the Dagestani jamaat has been completed. After the rebels in Dagestan resolved the issues of...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Increased Insurgent Activity Reported in Chechnya

March 12, 2015

The head of the Russian presidential administration, Sergei Ivanov, was forced recently to admit that the situation in some areas of the North Caucasus remains particularly bad in terms of the number crimes committed. “They pose...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Chechens Take on Image of Putin’s Henchmen in Russia

March 11, 2015

On February 27, one of the leading Russian opposition figures, Boris Nemtsov, was brazenly assassinated in Moscow, near the Kremlin (see EDM, March 2). Nemtsov was known for criticizing President Vladimir Putin and his regime....

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

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