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Baltic Defense & Security After Ukraine: New Challenges, New Threats

April 30, 2015 09:00 AM

To commemorate 25 years of Baltic independence, The Jamestown Foundation is proud to announce that, on April 30, it will organize a conference entitled, “Baltic Defense & Security After Ukraine:...

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Russia’s State RIA News Agency: ‘Let the world fear us’

April 30, 2015 05:33 PM

The May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow is designed to impress the world and the home public with Russia’s relentless military might. But no one seems to be counting the expenses. The last Soviet military parade in Red Square was in November 1990. Then, the Cold War ended, the Soviet Union collapsed and there were no parades until May 1995. Under President Vladimir Putin’s rule, the military displays in Moscow steadily expanded. The upcoming parade in the Russian capital is officially claimed to be the largest in post-Soviet times: Taking part will be over 16,000 men and 194 pieces of heavy...

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Tajik Government Hypes the Islamic State Threat, Uses it to Control Population

May 1, 2015

The government of Tajikistan has long sustained a shaky narrative purporting that Central Asia is in imminent danger of being overrun by militant forces. Long menaced by the specter of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), the government has more recently added a new group to the list: the Islamic State (IS). With numerous Tajikistani citizens now fighting in Syria and Iraq, officials have...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Terrorism, Domestic/Social, Central Asia, Tajikistan , Middle East, Syria, Iraq

Belarus’s ‘Geopolitical Maneuvering’: A Character Flaw or a Rational Foreign Policy?

May 1, 2015

Despite the limited applicability of a zero-sum game approach and the vital necessity for Belarus to maintain good relationships with both East and West, Belarus’s government continually stands accused of treacherous geopolitical maneuvering. Such accusations are particularly common for Russian media. Thus, Regnum, a news agency with a “patriotic” bent, observes that whereas “prior to 2014...

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

Dagestani Militants Experience Series of Setbacks

May 1, 2015

After Ramzan Kadyrov’s statements authorizing Chechen police to shoot to kill police officers from outside Chechnya who appear there without notifying the republican authorities (see EDM, April 27), the governor of Dagestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov, came out in support of his colleague, saying that special operations should not be carried out without notifying the regional authorities. “Why should...

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

Nazarbayev Reelected, but Challenges Lie Ahead

April 30, 2015

On April 26, Kazakhstan held an early presidential election, the fifth presidential election in its modern history since gaining independence in late 1991. Unsurprisingly, the incumbent, Nursultan Nazarbayev, won the vote by a landslide. According to the Central Election Commission’s official communiqué, he obtained 97.75 percent of the total votes cast, compared with 1.61 percent for the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Economics, Central Asia, Kazakhstan

Why Kadyrov Has Fought With Bastrykin

April 30, 2015

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has become one of Russia’s most quoted persons for the second time since last December. After the incursion into Grozny by a small group of militants on December 4, 2014, Kadyrov ordered the burning down of the militants’ houses and the expulsion of relatives of the militants from their villages (, December 15, 2014). In April, Ramzan Kadyrov clashed with...

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

Russia’s Hybrid War Against Poland

April 29, 2015

In early April 2015, the Polish Internal Security Agency’s Governmental Computer Security Incident Response Team (also known as CERT—Computer Emergency Response Team), released its annual report on cyber security in Poland (, April 3). According to the report’s findings, Poland came under a record number of hacker and cyber attacks in 2014—7,498 specific cyber attack “incidents” last...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Info Warfare/Media, Europe, Poland, Central Europe, Russia

Russia’s Game in Southeast Asia

April 29, 2015

The Ukraine crisis has brought Russia and China much closer together (see EDM, April 3). But Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s trip to Southeast Asia—Thailand and then Vietnam—in early April 2015, suggests that Moscow is simultaneously hedging against China, as Beijing is visibly trying to subordinate Vietnam and other local governments to its effort to dominate the South China Sea and the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, South China Sea, Southeast Asia, Russia

Moscow Likely to Choose Control of Territories Over Their Economic Development

April 29, 2015

The Russian government is considering building a new water link connecting the Caspian Sea to the ocean via the Azov and Black seas. The new route is supposed to be the shortest and the cheapest way to carry Chinese goods via Central Asia to Europe. Existing oil and gas pipelines from the Caspian Sea to outside markets also have hit the limits of their capacities, and finding new ways for...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Featured, Economics, Transit, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Central Asia, Kazakhstan

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Vladimir Socor is a senior fellow of The Jamestown Foundation and regular writer for Eurasia Daily Monitor.

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Putin Outlines Current Policy Toward Ukraine (Part Two)

April 24, 2015 03:53 PM

Addressing Russia’s populace and, implicitly, Ukraine in his annual phone-in dialogue (see Part One in EDM, April 23), Russian President Vladimir Putin torpedoed the Minsk Two agreement beyond...

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