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Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Repercussions for Moldova and the South Caucasus

June 16, 2014 06:00 AM

The Jamestown Foundation invites you to attend a conference exploring the profound effect the Russia-Ukraine conflict has had on Moldova and the South Caucasus. Our panelists will examine current...


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Vostok 2014 and Russia’s Hypothetical Enemies (Part Two)

September 30, 2014 05:00 PM

Vostok 2014, the largest operational strategic military exercise in Russia this year, was recast by the Kremlin as its most grand-scale exercise since the Soviet era; involving upwards of 155,000 personnel. The assets and units taking part suggest that the hypothetical enemy or enemies were state actors, with Russian forces rehearsing territorial defense in the Far East. Some combat elements of the exercise were noteworthy, though the combat service support system was also tested and revealed important developments. Yet, the scenario used during Vostok 2014 contains more than a subtle warning...


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Iran Courts Kazakhstan to Reengage With Central Asia

September 30, 2014

On September 9, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani paid his first official visit to Kazakhstan since taking office last August, when he succeeded the much abrasive Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This visit took place against the backdrop of a new round of direct talks between Tehran and the West regarding the future of Iran’s nuclear program, which has been the cause of both political and economic sanctions...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Foreign Policy, Central Asia, Kazakhstan , Middle East, Iran

No More International Flights From Russian-Occupied Crimea

September 30, 2014

As a result of the confluence of two developments, one welcome and encouraging and the other dangerous and worrisome, the airline that had maintained a route between Simerfopol (the capital of Crimea) and Turkey is ending that service. Andrey Sokolov, the Russian deputy minister for occupied Crimea announced on September 27 that he was “not prepared to say what the cause was.” But the reason for...

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Moscow Seeks to Contain Islam in Regions Adjacent to the North Caucasus

September 29, 2014

Local Muslims in Russia’s Krasnodar region say the authorities there have imposed an unofficial ban on the construction of mosques. Multiple appeals by the Muslims there remain unanswered and the experts warn that the government’s attempt to contain the spread of Islam in the region is provoking a religious conflict. The Muslim community of Krasnodar region addressed the regional authorities back...

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

Ukraine Not Ready for Winter Without Russian Gas

September 29, 2014

Russia has been threating those European states that have continued to deliver natural gas to Ukraine after Russia has cut its own supplies to the vulnerable Eastern European country. More recently, some progress has been made in the Russia-Ukraine gas talks being mediated by the European Union, but the sides are still far from reaching a final agreement. Meanwhile, little time remains until the...

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Russia Gears up for a New Spasm in the Hybrid War

September 29, 2014

Big guns have mostly remained silent in eastern Ukraine last week, but diplomatic battles at the United Nations General Assembly have not shown any recess. Russia used to be able to score some easy points at this seasonal show by denouncing the United States’ unilateralism and hegemonic arrogance. This time around, however, it is Moscow which has been the main target of censure, a tone set by...

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A Change in International Relations and a Thaw With the West

September 26, 2014

Belarusian analysts continue to assess the change in the international order, driven by the crisis in Ukraine, while Belarus’s relations with the West continue to gradually improve. To some extent, these phenomena are inter-related, and Russia’s worsening image in the eyes of the West may further crystallize this connection.

Yury Tsarik of the Belarusian Development Group, a think tank close to...

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Is Moscow Preparing to Annex South Ossetia After Crimea?

September 26, 2014

The situation in Ukraine continues to quickly evolve, and the Russian annexation of Crimea has already mostly faded away from the 24-hour news cycle. Additionally, Western leaders are now hinting that at least some of the sanctions putting pressure on Moscow may soon be suspended (ITAR-TASS, September 5). Amidst all this, the leadership of South Ossetia—the former Georgian autonomy, which broke...

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Russian Military Losses in the North Caucasus Approach Soviet Losses in Afghanistan

September 26, 2014

The Khankala military base near Grozny recently hosted a gathering celebrating the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Joint Group of Forces in the North Caucasus. Among those who attended the event, which undeservedly failed to attract the attention of Russia’s media, were the Russian president’s envoy to the North Caucasian Federal District, Sergei Melikov, and the interim commander of...

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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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Political Implications of the Russia (‘Donetsk/Luhansk’)–Ukraine Armistice

September 24, 2014 03:54 PM

The shape of any political settlement will depend on whether Russian troops and paramilitary personnel with their weaponry are evacuated from what is legally Ukraine’s territory, or remain deployed...


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