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Will Turkey Choose the European or Eurasian Energy Union?

April 17, 2015

The sixth meeting of the World Forum on Energy Regulation is scheduled to be held on May 25–28, in Istanbul, and is being organized by the office of the prime minister of the Turkish Republic. The competitive and dynamically...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Energy, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Azerbaijan , Europe, Russia, Turkey

Belarus Comes Under Criticism From Both Sides

April 17, 2015

A worsening economy, a strengthening national identity, a demographic recovery, and growing Russian criticism of Belarus’s sense of nationhood apart from Russia continue to dominate the news emanating from Belarus. In February...

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

Allure of Islamic State’s Media Machine Attracts New Generation of Chechen Recruits

April 17, 2015

Emotions ran high in the Chechen community once again with the news that two school children from Pankisi, Georgia, went to Syria to fight, presumably alongside the Islamic State organization (see EDM, April 16). Earlier in...

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

After Garissa: Kenya Revises Its Security Strategy to Counter al-Shabaab’s Shifting Tactics

April 17, 2015

Al-Shabaab’s April 2 attack on Kenya’s Garissa University College that killed 147 non-Muslim students was the latest installment in al-Shabaab’s campaign to force Nairobi to order a withdrawal of the Kenyan Defense Force (KDF)...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Terrorism, East Africa

Iran Confronts Intensifying Insurgent Offensive in Sistan-Balochistan Province

April 17, 2015

While diplomatic developments between Iran and the United States over Iran’s nuclear program and Iran’s actions in countries such as Syria and Yemen have drawn the most attention in recent weeks, a series of attacks in Iran’s...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, Iran

A Short Profile of Iraq’s Shi’a Militias

April 17, 2015

The Islamic State’s sudden capture of much of northern Iraq, including the country’s third largest city of Mosul, and the resulting collapse of the Iraqi Army, in June 2014, was a turning point for Shi’a militias in the country....

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Iraq

BRIEFS

April 17, 2015

AQAP REBOUNDS IN YEMEN AMID AIRSTRIKES

James Brandon

Early on April 2, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters launched a surprise attack in al-Mukalla, eastern Yemen’s main port and the main city in Hadramawt...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Brief, Global Terrorism Analysis, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Yemen, Western Europe

More of Georgia’s Muslims Try to Join Islamic State

April 16, 2015

On April 2, two high school boys from Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, populated by Muslim Chechens (known as Kists in Georgia), disappeared and later contacted their parents, notifying them that they were in Turkey. It is widely...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia, Syria

Tide of Support for Islamic State in the North Caucasus Causes Alarm in Moscow

April 16, 2015

Russia watchers can hardly fail to notice that Moscow often reacts to events in the North Caucasus after a significant time lag. Several amirs of the Caucasus Emirate pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State back in...

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

Moscow Is Ready to Supply Iran With Powerful S-300 Missiles

April 16, 2015

This week (April 13), President Vladimir Putin signed an ukaz (presidential decree) to allow the export of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Putin’s decision overruled a previous ukaz signed by then-president Dmitry Medvedev,...

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

Rolling Out the New Silk Road: Railroads Undergird Beijing’s Strategy

April 16, 2015

The much-heralded arrival of the Yixinou train in Madrid last December, after traveling 8,000 miles from Yiwu, China, encapsulated the rapid expansion of China’s railway network across Eurasia and the key role that railroads are...

Category: China Brief, In a Fortnight, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Transit, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, Turkey, Southeast Asia

China’s Evolving Perspectives on Network Warfare: Lessons from the Science of Military Strategy

April 16, 2015

When tracking the development of China’s military capabilities, Western People’s Liberation Army (PLA) watchers encounter frequent challenges in determining which data sources they should draw upon for their analysis. Purely...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Featured, Cyber, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, China and the Asia-Pacific, China

China’s Maodun: A Free Internet Caged by the Chinese Communist Party

April 16, 2015

China pursues a strategy of aggressive cyberspace management and is in the midst of fostering a military cyber force to further the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) primary interest: to stay in power. Secondary considerations that...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Cyber, China and the Asia-Pacific, China

Chinese Views on the Information “Center of Gravity”: Space, Cyber and Electronic Warfare

April 16, 2015

This paper seeks to examine the intersection of Chinese thought on cyber, space and electronic warfare, particularly in the context of command, control, computers, communication, intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Cyber, China and the Asia-Pacific, China

Chinese Military Think Tanks: “Chinese Characteristics” and the “Revolving Door”

April 16, 2015

Following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent call on October 27, 2014 to build think tanks with “Chinese characteristics,” growing attention has focused on the impact his remarks have had on think tanks in China dealing with...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, Foreign Policy, Military/Security

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