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Putting Precision in Operations: Beidou Satellite Navigation System

August 22, 2014

China recently announced the development of a fourth-generation Beidou satellite positioning chip providing an accuracy of 2.5 meters, for use initially with the military and police (Want China Times, August 18). The...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Military/Security

An Equal and Opposite Reaction? Xi’s Grand Tour of the Americas

August 22, 2014

This July, Chinese President Xi Jinping embarked on state visits to Argentina, Cuba and Venezuela and attended a summit of the loose group of major developing countries known as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Foreign Policy, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, Latin America, Venezuela, Argentina, Cuba, Economics

Army Day Coverage Stresses Continuity of Reform

August 22, 2014

On August 1, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) celebrated Army Day, the anniversary of its founding during the Nanchang Uprising in 1927. Commentaries in official media often use the holiday to propagate important...

Category: China Brief, Home Page, Military/Security

Reclaiming Deng’s Legacy from Liberals

August 22, 2014

Celebrating reform-era leader Deng Xiaoping’s 110th birthday two days early on August 20, China’s leaders sought to harness his legacy for today’s politics by claiming him as a socialist and a uniquely Chinese thinker. While Deng...

Category: China Brief, In a Fortnight, Elite, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, Home Page

A Brief Look at the Historical Parallels Between Ukraine’s Situation in 1918 and 2014

August 15, 2014

One hundred years ago, World War I erupted on the European continent, ultimately leading to the fracturing and collapse of the multi-national Austro-Hungarian, German, Ottoman and Russian Empires. However, out of the rubble of...

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

Russian Leadership Still Thinks It Can Defeat North Caucasus Insurgency by Building Ski Resorts

August 15, 2014

Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov, who is also chairman of the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee (NAK) and has chaired the Council of Heads of Security Agencies of the Commonwealth of Independent...

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

Luhansk: The Other ‘People’s Republic’ in Eastern Ukraine

August 15, 2014

The secessionist “Luhansk People’s Republic’s” (LPR) leadership is experiencing even greater turmoil, compared with that of the adjacent “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) in Ukraine’s east. On August 14 the “head (glava) of the...

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

Strelkov/Girkin Demoted, Transnistrian Siloviki Strengthened in ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’

August 15, 2014

On August 14–15, the “Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) government” and its military command underwent another recasting—the second within one week, while Ukrainian forces tighten the ring around the city of Donetsk.

Colonel Igor...

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

Rogun Dam Studies Set the Scene for Further Disputes Among Central Asian Countries

August 14, 2014

Last month (July 2014), a World Bank assessment explicitly approved the technical, economic and social aspects of the construction of the planned Rogun hydropower plant (Rogun HPP). The conclusions vindicate Tajikistan, which has...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Economics, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan , Tajikistan , Kazakhstan

Violence in Dagestan Shows No Sign of Diminishing

August 14, 2014

With the approach of the 15th anniversary of the Islamic militants’ incursion into Dagestan in 1999, it appears that the militants have only grown stronger since then, and their activities have become a daily routine in the...

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

Ukraine Taking Drastic Measures to Diminish the Risk of an ‘Odessa People’s Republic’

August 14, 2014

At the end of July, Ukrainian border guards reported three instances of reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) from Transnistria violating Ukrainian air space (korrespondent.net, August, 1). The drones were seen over the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Europe, Ukraine, Moldova , Russia

Putin to Decide Next Moves in Standoff With West Over Ukraine

August 14, 2014

President Vladimir Putin gathered Duma deputies, national Security Council permanent members, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev—almost the entire Russian ruling elite—in Yalta, Crimea, to give a speech and a Q & A session on...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia

Karachay Activist Compares Plight of Karachays to That of Crimean Tatars

August 13, 2014

Hasan Khalkechev, a Karachay activist and member of the Council of Turkic peoples, criticized the authorities of Karachaevo-Cherkessia for taking over Karachay civil organizations and stalling political and economic progress in...

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

Belarus and the ‘End of Peace’ in Europe

August 13, 2014

On July 31, the international Contact Group, which aims to resolve the crisis in Ukraine (see EDM, July 18), met in Zaslavl, Belarus. It was attended by former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Economics, Europe, Belarus, Russia

The Cossack Factor in Ukrainian War

August 13, 2014

Russian State Duma deputy in the Committee on Defense Viktor Vodolatsky, who is also the supreme ataman (head) of the Union of Cossack Forces in Russia and Abroad, openly admitted that Russian Cossacks are actively engaged in the...

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

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