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Will Belarus Be Putin’s Next Target?

August 4, 2015

Both certain Belarusians and some Russian analysts are convinced that Vladimir Putin’s next target will be Belarus. They have their reasons, and these reasons are compelling: Taking Belarus would give Putin a victory he has not...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Europe, Belarus, Russia

Elections in the Donetsk-Luhansk ‘People’s Republics’ Have No Legal Basis (Part One)

August 4, 2015

Local elections are looming in the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” (“DPR, LPR”) in October. If validated internationally, such elections could lead to internal Ukrainian constitutional negotiations that would preserve...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Exercises Highlight PLA Amphibious Capability

August 4, 2015

Immediately following the May release of its new maritime-focused National Defense White Paper, China is practicing “new type naval combat force” operations in the South China Sea (Xinhua, May 26; China Military Online, July 28)....

Category: In a Fortnight, China Brief, Military/Security, China, South China Sea

Russia Set to Strengthen Hard Power Options

August 4, 2015

Russia’s Armed Forces, feeling the strain of unofficial involvement in Ukraine and maintaining higher readiness throughout the crisis, have recently experienced a number of high-profile air force crashes and setbacks for military...

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

Southern Gas Corridor’s Advances Cool off Energy Cooperation Between Italy and Russia

August 3, 2015

The European Union–backed Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) project continues to gain traction against the Moscow-led Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline initiative. The game-changer in the Euro-Russian “battle” for pipelines and...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Energy, Transit, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, Georgia, Azerbaijan , Central Asia

Elections in Donetsk-Luhansk ‘People’s Republics’ And Russia’s New Conflict-Freeze Model

August 3, 2015

Western governments regularly disagree with the Kremlin over the meaning of democracy and free elections. Nevertheless, Western diplomacy currently supports Moscow’s goal for local elections to be staged in the Russian-controlled...

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

Investigative Report Suggests Russian Security Services Pushing North Caucasus Militants to Flee to Middle East

August 3, 2015

Russia’s policy toward the Islamic State (IS) group in the Middle East is controversial. On the one hand, involvement in IS activities officially became a crime in Russia in February 2015 (Rossiyskaya Gazeta, February 27). On the...

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

Russia Insists on Own Impunity, Gains Pariah Status

August 3, 2015

The Russian nyet in the United Nations Security Council, which blocked the resolution on setting up an international tribunal on the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, was entirely predictable (see EDM,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Economics, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Russia, Europe, Ukraine, Western Europe

China-Ukraine Relations After Crimea

July 31, 2015

China is looking to Ukraine to be a “Gateway to Europe,” for its One Belt One Road (OBOR) project. For its part, Ukraine has signed agreements with the Development Bank of China and is increasing the share of Chinese investment...

Category: China Brief, Foreign Policy, Economics, Ukraine

Why Has Sea Level Rise Not Been Securitized by the PLA?

July 31, 2015

Note: The views presented in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of the Navy or Department of Defense.

Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which is...

Category: China Brief, Military/Security, China

Moscow Paves the Way to Replace Dagestani Leader

July 31, 2015

Dagestan has not seen potentially destabilizing arrests of top officials since the arrest of the mayor of Makhachkala on June 1, 2013 (RIA Novosti, June 1, 2013). That is why the news about a police search of the home of one of...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Moscow Paves the Way to Replace Dagestani Leader

July 31, 2015

Dagestan has not seen potentially destabilizing arrests of top officials since the arrest of the mayor of Makhachkala on June 1, 2013 (RIA Novosti, June 1, 2013). That is why the news about a police search of the home of one of...

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

Once Again Moscow Tries to Intimidate Tokyo

July 31, 2015

Despite the best efforts of both Moscow and Tokyo to sustain the momentum toward a full normalization of their relations and a genuine rapprochement (see EDM, February 24, 2014; June 10, 2014), once again Russia has tried to...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, Japan, Russia

Elections in Ukraine’s Secessionist Territory: A Topic of International Negotiation (Part Two)

July 31, 2015

To read Part One, please click here.

At this point, Moscow seems content to watch Western diplomats urging Kyiv to legitimize the Donetsk-Luhansk authorities through local elections, and (as a consequence of this) enshrining an...

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

Elections in Ukraine’s Secessionist Territory: A Topic of International Negotiation (Part One)

July 31, 2015

Ukraine is scheduled to hold local elections throughout the country (except the Russian-occupied territories) on October 25—the first such elections since the advent of a Western-oriented Ukrainian government.

Under Ukrainian...

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

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