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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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Possibility of Hosting Anti-ISIS Training Center Creates Confusion in Georgia

October 1, 2014 04:26 PM

On September 23, Foreign Policy magazine’s “The Cable” blog reported that Georgia offered to host a training center for Washington-backed Syrian rebels in order to aid the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS—formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS) (Foreign Policy, September 23; Civil Georgia, September 23). The story was later repeated by Reuters (September 24). Key Georgian media sources quickly focused on the news as well, especially after the Georgian Ministry of Defense did not deny Foreign Policy’s report and stated that the country was considering...


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A Thaw With the West and Its Underpinnings

October 1, 2014

On September 22, the Belarus-USA Investment Forum was held at the Grand Hyatt hotel in midtown Manhattan. The forum featured speakers such as Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovch, Economy Minister Nikolay Snopkov, Development Bank chairman Sergei Roumas, as well as Minsk-based High Tech Park Director (and former Belarusian ambassador to the United States) Valery Tsepkalo, who informed...

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

Russia Stalls Expansion of Oil and Gas Production in Dagestan

October 1, 2014

Dagestan’s gross regional product is a little more than $2,000 per capita. By many economic indicators, Russian economists say, Dagestan is not only far behind many other Russian regions, but is at the level of some of the world’s poorest nations. Economic underdevelopment has been endemic in Dagestan for years. At the same time, surprisingly, the republic apparently has large oil reserves “The...

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

Russian Military Presence Enforces Division of Ukraine’s Donbas

October 1, 2014

The armistice, slowly taking hold in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk provinces (collectively known as the Donbas region), basically consigns parts of those territories to Russia’s military and political control, both directly and through local proxies. Facing Russia one-on-one, on the battlefield as well as in the negotiation format, Ukraine was left with no other realistic choice.

The September 5...

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

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...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Transit, Domestic/Social, Economics, Europe, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia

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

September 30, 2014

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...

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

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Russian Military Presence Enforces Division of Ukraine’s Donbas

October 1, 2014 04:20 PM

The armistice, slowly taking hold in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk provinces (collectively known as the Donbas region), basically consigns parts of those territories to Russia’s military and...


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