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Militarization of the Caspian Sea: A Zero-Sum Game?

July 25, 2016

On July 13, in the capital city of Astana, Kazakhstan hosted a meeting of the foreign ministers of the five Caspian littoral states. The officials gathered to discuss a draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea and...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Azerbaijan , Central Asia, Kazakhstan , Turkmenistan, Middle East

Circassians Divided Over Turkish Coup Attempt and Its Aftermath

July 25, 2016

Many from Turkey’s North Caucasian diaspora supported President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the failed July 15 coup. At least some North Caucasians, however, have doubts about extending their support to the Turkish president. The...

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

Russia’s Economy Deteriorates as Putin Focuses on Squabbles Among Siloviki

July 25, 2016

President Vladimir Putin is not taking a summer vacation. He has instead maintained a busy schedule of meetings with government officials and regional governors. But his grip on the steering wheel of Russia’s foreign and domestic...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Economics, Foreign Policy, Russia

Chechens in Syria May Quit Islamic State After Death of Umar Shishani

July 23, 2016

People in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge have been going quietly, one by one, to Tengiz Batirashvili, the younger brother of Umar Shishani (Batirashvili), to express their condolences in connection with Umar Shishani’s death. Unlike his...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Non-Chechen Candidates from Moscow Plans to Run for Seats Representing the North Caucasus in Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

July 22, 2016

On September 18, 2016, Chechnya along with the rest of Russia will vote in the elections to the Russian State Duma. Chechens will also elect the governor of their republic, where the only plausible candidate is Ramzan Kadyrov....

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Belarus: Change Is in the Offing

July 22, 2016

The evolving political dynamics of Belarus are causing an unprecedented shift in policy stances and viewpoints that were heretofore considered immovable. Thus, some of the opinions that used to be routinely associated with the...

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

Non-Chechen Candidates from Moscow Plans to Run for Seats Representing the North Caucasus in Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

July 22, 2016

On September 18, 2016, Chechnya along with the rest of Russia will vote in the elections to the Russian State Duma. Chechens will also elect the governor of their republic, where the only plausible candidate is Ramzan Kadyrov....

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

Missile Defense in Korea Further Roils US-Russian Relations

July 22, 2016

Europe is not the only theater of acute discord between Russia and the United States; nor is the alleged militarization of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) the only issue that angers Moscow in this context. Russian...

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

NATO Can Refloat Romania’s Black Sea Naval Initiative (Part Three)

July 22, 2016

*To read Part Two, please click here.

It was a summit of modest expectations and modest results for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Warsaw on July 8–9. These results are of an interim nature: building blocks for...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, Europe, Romania, Turkey, Russia, Vlad’s Corner

Gulf States Bolster Security Initiatives to Confront Islamic State Threat

July 22, 2016

Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made clear in an audio recording two years ago that the group intended to include the Gulf States among its targets, in particular Saudi Arabia. Despite al-Baghdadi’s claims,...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Home Page, Terrorism, Middle East

Pakistan’s LeJ Baluchistan Operations Ready for Resurgence

July 22, 2016

Sectarian violence in Pakistan’s troubled Baluchistan province dropped dramatically with the death of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s (LeJ) leader Usman Saifullah Kurd in 2015. Attacks, however, have continued under the group’s new leader,...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Home Page, Terrorism, South Asia, Pakistan

Islamic State’s Iraq ‘Caliphate’ on the Brink of Defeat

July 22, 2016

Islamic State’s self-styled caliphate in Iraq has been standing on its last legs since June 26 when the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Shia Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) secured Fallujah. Even more significantly, the ISF...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Home Page, Terrorism, Middle East, Iraq

BRIEFS

July 22, 2016

NICE ATTACK SPOTLIGHTS FRENCH JIHADIST RECRUITER

The Bastille Day terror attack in the French city of Nice, which saw 84 people killed when a Tunisian truck driver ploughed through crowds on the Promenade des Anglais, has...

Category: Terrorism Monitor, Home Page, Terrorism, West Africa, Europe, France

Depopulation—Invisible Threat to Latvian Security

July 21, 2016

Latvia experienced a population decline of 8.7 percent in the last year. From among the 28 members of the European Union (the United Kingdom has not yet officially left), only Lithuania has had a larger drop in the number of its...

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

Chechens in Syria May Quit Islamic State After Death of Umar Shishani

July 21, 2016

People in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge have been going quietly, one by one, to Tengiz Batirashvili, the younger brother of Umar Shishani (Batirashvili), to express their condolences in connection with Umar Shishani’s death. Unlike his...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Terrorism, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia, Middle East, Syria

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