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Eighth Annual Terrorism Conference

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Al-Qaeda and Its Heirs


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8:30 A.M.–4:00 P.M.

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Ukrainian Donbas Becomes a Russian Protectorate

November 20, 2014 03:38 PM

In a transcript of a TV interview to German journalists published by the Kremlin this week, President Vladimir Putin declared: “There is war in the East of Ukraine. The Ukrainian government is using its army and even ballistic missiles. You [the West] are silent. Do you want the Ukrainian authorities to destroy everyone there [in eastern Ukraine], all their political opponents? You want that? We do not. We will not allow [this to happen].” Putin was replying to Ukrainian accusations that Russia was supporting the rebels with Russian arms and servicemen (, November 17).

Since the...

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Belarus: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

November 20, 2014

Three inter-related themes engage attention in the Belarusian and international media: the ambivalent image of Belarus, its upcoming presidential elections, and the Belarusian economy. The economy appears to be the linchpin of this triad. It informs Belarus’s image, if only to some extent. But although the Belarusian authorities are currently doing their best to facilitate good news about the...

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

Conflicts Involving North Caucasians Erupt Inside Russian Army

November 20, 2014

The tradition of North Caucasus mountaineers serving in the Russian army goes back 150 years. In the 1870s, the Russian Empire tried to tie the mountaineers to the Russian system of governance by forming ethnic-based volunteer battalions. North Caucasus battalions fought in Russian wars for the first time in the Russian-Turkish war of 1877–1878 (, accessed November 20). Mountaineer...

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

Government’s Inability to Resolve Dagestan’s Problems Gives Rise to Muslim Capitalist Class

November 19, 2014

As Russia’s economic stagnation reverberates in the North Caucasus, the regional elites have begun to scramble for local resources. An uncharacteristically open discussion erupted in Dagestan’s republican parliament in Makhachkala on October 30, when a well-known politician in the republic, Eduard Khidirov, stated that between 50 to 60 percent of the Dagestani economy was in the shadows. Such...

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

Will Russia Cry for Argentina, or Will Argentina Cry for Russia?

November 19, 2014

In recent years, Russia has been clearly trying to expand its foreign policy reach in Latin America (see EDM, May 2, July 22). This was especially evident during President Vladimir Putin’s grand July 2014 tour of the region on the heels of the BRICS (loose grouping of emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Fortaleza, Brazil (see EDM, July 14). Since then,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Info Warfare/Media, Latin America, Russia

Radio Appendage of ‘Russia Today’ Appears in Georgia

November 19, 2014

As of several weeks ago, the station Radio-Sputnik has begun broadcasting in Georgia from its studio located on Ateni Street in downtown Tbilisi. It prepares radio programs for the agency News Georgia, which, in turn, is a partner of the Russian media giant Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today—not to be confused with the 24-hour news/propaganda television channel RT, which also used to be called...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Info Warfare/Media, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia, Russia

‘Our People in an Alien War’: Kazakhstanis Fighting for the Islamic State

November 18, 2014

In late September 2014, Erlan Karin, the newly appointed director of the Astana-based Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies, presented a report on Central Asians fighting for the Islamic State (IS—formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS) called “Our People in an Alien War: Central Asian Fighters in the Syrian conflict” (Nashi lyudi v chuzhoy voyne:...

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

Would Kyiv Create a Crimean Tatar Battalion?

November 18, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Mustafa Cemilev, the longtime leader of the Crimean Tatar national movement who now serves as the presidential plenipotentiary representative for Crimean Tatar affairs, have been discussing the possibility of creating a Crimean Tatar Battalion within the Ukrainian army. This battalion could take part in operations against the secessionist, Moscow-backed...

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

Protecting the Motherland: Russia’s Counter–Color Revolution Military Doctrine

November 18, 2014

President Vladimir Putin’s order to revise Russia’s 2010 Military Doctrine by the end of this year prompted speculation in the Russian media and raised varying opinions about the revision process’s possible motives and its timing. It appears, according to defense specialists close to the process, that it will not include any major change in Russian nuclear policy and is not directly driven by the...

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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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Rebooting the Geneva Negotiations: Ukraine’s Possible Escape From the Minsk Trap

November 17, 2014 04:15 PM

The armistice agreements, signed two months ago, have failed to protect Ukraine from further Russian offensive operations and encroachments on its territory. The Minsk agreements’ failure is a...

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