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Reasserting Belarus’s Independent Voice

January 23, 2015

Amidst the economic crisis in Russia and the ensuing devaluation of the Belarusian ruble, Belarus has been making increasingly notable attempts to voice its independent opinion on the world stage as well as improve its relations...

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

Dilemma in Turkey’s Armenian Foreign Policy

January 23, 2015

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs held its Annual Ambassadors Conference on January 5–6, where the overall vision and various aspects of Turkey’s foreign policy were reviewed and discussed (Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Azerbaijan , Armenia, Turkey

Western Sanctions on Russia to Have Delayed Impact on North Caucasus

January 23, 2015

President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union message (delivered before Congress on January 20) that US economic sanctions have had a devastating impact on the Russian economy (Tvrain.ru, January 21). In reality, only...

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

Russia Seeks Political Influence on Ukraine Via the ‘Normandy’ Group

January 23, 2015

Foreign affairs ministers Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Sergei Lavrov of Russia, Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, and Laurent Fabius of France—representing the so-called “Normandy” group of countries—met in Berlin on January 21....

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

Iranian Intervention in Iraq against the Islamic State: Strategy, Tactics and Impact

January 23, 2015

A deliberately gory June 2014 report on the Shi’a Ahl al-Bayt website, no doubt intended to arouse emotions, shows a photo of the bloodied face of Alireza Moshajari. It describes him as the first of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard...

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

Al-Shabaab: On the Back Foot but Still Dangerous

January 23, 2015

As the Islamic State and Boko Haram expanded rapidly throughout 2014, gaining territory and power in the Middle East and West Africa respectively, al-Qaeda’s Somali affiliate al-Shabaab was on the back foot, retreating from its...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, Home Page, East Africa

Jihadism in Tunisia: The Growing Threat

January 23, 2015

At the end of December, the Tunisian Interior Ministry reported that during 2014, 23 security force members (mostly soldiers and members of the National Guard) had been killed during the past year by Islamist militants. The...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, Home Page, North Africa


January 23, 2015


James Brandon

On January 7, two Islamist gunmen launched an attack on the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in central Paris. Having initially...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Brief, Global Terrorism Analysis, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, North Africa, France

Obama’s State of the Union “A Mix of Love and Hate” Toward China

January 23, 2015

On January 20, U.S. President Barack Obama gave his second to last State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress, striking out a bold vision for his last two years in office. While the speech mainly focused on domestic issues,...

Category: China Brief, In a Fortnight, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, China, China and the Asia-Pacific

China’s “Server Sinification” Campaign for Import Substitution: Strategy and Snowden (Part 2)

January 23, 2015

Since 2009, the Chinese government, in cooperation with state-run and private firms, has conducted an import substitution campaign in its computer server market, which is currently dominated by U.S. information technology (IT)...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Economics, Military/Security, Cyber

The Impact of SOE Reform On Chinese Overseas Investment

January 23, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s new round of state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform and his anti-corruption campaign will dramatically change the preferences and performance of SOEs’ overseas economic expansion. The economic and...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Economics, Foreign Policy, China and the Asia-Pacific, China

“Ruling the Internet According to Law”: Chinese Internet Governance in 2014 and Beyond

January 23, 2015

The Chinese government is known for its heavy-handed censorship of the country’s Internet, now with a user base of about 665 million. After the blockage or shut down of a series of social media accounts, commercial websites, text...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Cyber, China and the Asia-Pacific, China

Energy Security, Geopolitics and the China-Russia Gas Deals

January 23, 2015

During the November 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Beijing was not only an impressive host, but also a generous financial supporter of a number of China-centered initiatives. The largest economic package...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Energy, China, Russia, Far East/Siberia

Chechens in Europe Subjected to Ethnic Profiling After Paris Attacks

January 22, 2015

Chechens who emigrated to Europe are not in an enviable situation today, as any terrorist threat around the world invariably prompts the security services to investigate them closely. France’s security services attempted to...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Europe, Western Europe

Russia Gives EU, Turkey and Azerbaijan an Ultimatum on ‘Turk Stream’

January 22, 2015

On January 14, 2015, Aleksei Miller, the CEO of Russia’s state-owned natural gas giant Gazprom, sent a letter of warning to European Commission Vice President for the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic. In his letter, Miller wrote that...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Energy, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Balkans, Russia, The Caucasus, South Caucasus

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