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Talk of Reunification Opens Risks and Opportunities for Protest-Ridden Moldova

February 9, 2016

At the height of recent anti-government protests in Chisinau, some Moldovans in the crowd may have hoped for Romania to intervene; but the Russian state media made it sound as if it this were a real possibility, if not an actual...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Europe, Moldova , Romania

Legal Case in Chelyabinsk Raises Specter of Regional Separatism in Russia

February 9, 2016

As more and more low-level or hushed-up evidence makes clear, the Kremlin’s Ukraine gambit may have serious, unexpected domestic ramifications for the Russian Federation, such as increasing the likelihood of regional separatism—a...

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

Russia Raises the Stakes in Aleppo

February 9, 2016

Russia’s air campaign in Syria initially provoked critical remarks and skepticism from Western governments and commentators. However, the intervention, which involves targeted air strikes and close air support (CAS) for Syrian...

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

Restoration of Aziz Mosque in Adjara Reignites Debate Over Ottoman Legacy in Georgia

February 8, 2016

Hundreds of Muslim Georgians who live in the autonomous republic of Adjara, in southwestern Georgia, held a protest rally, on February 5, in the regional capital of Batumi. The protesters demanded that Georgian authorities give...

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

Kadyrov Tests Moscow’s Strategy in the North Caucasus

February 8, 2016

On February 2, Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov convened an unusual gathering of followers of the Naqshbandi and Qadiriyya Sufi orders in Grozny. Apart from the participants from Chechnya, “thousands” of other Sufis arrived from...

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

Russia Losing Ground Across Central Asia

February 8, 2016

Increasingly, it seems that wherever one looks in Central Asia, Russia is losing ground. This retreat is not confined to economics, though it is certainly present in this sphere. Notably, Moscow is also finding it increasingly...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Central Asia, Tajikistan , Russia

North Korean Nuclear Test, Satellite Launch Increase Sino-Korean Tensions

February 8, 2016

On February 7, North Korea televised the launch of a rocket that put an “earth observation satellite” into orbit (KCTV, February 6; Xinhua, February 7). South Korea’s spy agency earlier announced that the launch should be viewed...

Category: In a Fortnight, China Brief, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, China, Northeast Asia

The Strategic Support Force: China’s Information Warfare Service

February 8, 2016

On December 31, 2015, Xi Jinping introduced the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF; 火箭军), Strategic Support Force (PLASSF; 战略支援部队), and Army Leadership Organ. The move came just within the Central Military Commission’s...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, China, Cyber, Military/Security

Belarus and Its Powerful Neighbors: A Master Class of Raw Geopolitics

February 5, 2016

As January 2016 drew to a close, news pertaining to Belarus’s relations with its two large neighbors—Russia and Europe—again overshadowed any developments emanating from the Eastern European country itself. First, the...

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

The Kremlin Becomes Hostage to Its Own Imperial Propaganda

February 5, 2016

In January 2016, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the formation of three new divisions in the Western Military District of Russia. Two of them will be located near the border with Ukraine and one—near the...

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

Russia Watches and Puts Own Spin on Moldova’s Crisis (Part Two)

February 5, 2016

*To read Part One, please click here.


Western officials and commentators seem, on the whole, to overestimate Russia’s capacity and intentions to recapture Moldova by exploiting that country‘s current crisis. This...

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

Khasavyurt Protest Shows Growing Power of Salafists in Dagestan

February 5, 2016

Two months ago (December 2015), authorities in Dagestan attempted to shut down mosques in the capital Makhachkala that they did not control. The attempt ended in an embarrassing defeat for the authorities and the official mufti...

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

The PLA’s New Organizational Structure: What is Known, Unknown and Speculation (Part 1)

February 4, 2016

Note: This article is part of a two-part series examining changes to China’s Military organizational structure and personnel. Part 1 examines what is known and unknown. Part 2 contains speculation as to changes that may occur in...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Featured, Military/Security, China

Xi’s Obsession with “Cultural Renaissance” Raises Fears of Another Cultural Revolution

February 4, 2016

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR) (1966–76), a political and cultural watershed for China. Chinese rock star and pop culture icon Cui Jian spoke for many when he...

Category: China Brief, Willy’s Corner, Domestic/Social, Elite, China

Uyghur Militants in Syria: The Turkish Connection

February 4, 2016

The Chinese authorities have claimed that since 2013, “hundreds” of Uyghurs have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State and other jihadist organizations; such claims have been used as justification for new...

Category: Home Page, Featured, Terrorism Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, Turkey, China, Middle East

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