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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 Prepares for Possible New Summer Military Campaign in Eastern Ukraine

May 21, 2015 05:45 PM

Summer is the best time for major offensive military action in the Donbas region (Donetsk and Luhansk provinces) of eastern Ukraine. In the spring and autumn, long periods of bad weather turn unpaved roads and plains into a mud quagmire (Rasputitsa), seriously hampering troop maneuverability and logistic support. In 2014, intensive summer fighting in Donbas lasted until early September and ended with the so-called “Minsk One” ceasefire after a massive intervention of Russian regular troops stopped and reversed an offensive by Ukrainian government forces. A wobbly ceasefire, punctured by...


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What Does the Arrival of American Military Equipment in Georgia Mean?

May 21, 2015

On May 11, an unprecedented two-week military exercise, “Noble Partner 2015,” began at the former Russian military base, Vaziani, in the suburb of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Russia withdrew its last military forces from Vaziani in 2007 (Civil Georgia, May 11).

Georgian and United States military units have taken part in joint military exercises in the past, both on a bilateral and...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia

North Caucasus Builds More and Bigger Mosques

May 21, 2015

After the demise of the Soviet state with its atheist policies, a massive process of rebuilding old and building new mosques started across the North Caucasus. Today, Chechnya has nearly 1,000 mosques and Dagestan has two or three times that number (Kavpolit.com, February 15, 2014). However, the proliferation of mosques in the region has turned into a problem for the authorities: indeed, neither...

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

China and Kazakhstan to Construct a Trans-Kazakhstan Railway Line From Khorgos to Aktau

May 20, 2015

Kazakhstan is onboard to help make China’s Silk Road vision a reality. Speaking in Astana on May 5, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at a plenary government meeting, “We need to build a new railway line across the territory of Kazakhstan from the border with China to the [Caspian] sea port of Aktau. Negotiations [with China] are underway in this regard” (Interfax-Kazakhstan, May...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Transit, Central Asia, Kazakhstan , China

Moscow Patriarchate Rapidly Losing Out in Ukraine—and Beyond

May 20, 2015

The Moscow Patriarchate is rapidly losing influence in Ukraine and may be dissolving from below. These trends could open the way to the formation of a single autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church, independent of Moscow, and undermine the influence of Patriarch Kirill and his Church at home and abroad. More than half of all the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate and a significant share of its...

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Victory Day Brings up Issue of Settling Old Scores in the North Caucasus

May 20, 2015

Victory Day in Russia was celebrated with especially great pomp this past May 9. An estimated 1.5 million people participated in marches across the country. The anniversary had some distinct novelties this year, such as the Bessmertny Polk (Immortal Regiment), which featured people marching with portraits of World War II veterans who, according to Russian media reports, were their relatives....

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Russian Spetsnaz Personnel Detained in Ukraine

May 20, 2015

Ukrainian military spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, told a press conference on May 17 that two Russian Spetsnaz (special forces) personnel were arrested by government forces 15 kilometers from Luhansk. The details surrounding the detentions are important to understand Russian actions in southeastern Ukraine. Since the outset of the conflict in Donbas (eastern Ukrainian region encompassing Donetsk and...

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Pressure on Salafists in Dagestan Could Have Unpredictable Results

May 19, 2015

Mass arrests of Muslims in mosques have become a hallmark of the Dagestani head Ramazan Abdulatipov’s policies. While Abdulatipov’s predecessor Magomedsalam Magomedov engaged in a negotiating process and dialogue with the Salafist part of the Muslim community, this approach has been gradually scrapped during the past few years. Experts warn this could have serious repercussions for Dagestan’s...

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Donetsk, Luhansk Propose Amendments to Ukraine’s Constitution

May 19, 2015

On May 12, the Russian-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” (DPR, LPR) jointly presented their proposals for changing Ukraine’s Constitution. Their documents avoid using the terms “DPR” and “LPR,” even as they rapidly consolidate their state structures and armies under Russia’s protection.

From that position of strength they have now forwarded their proposed amendments to 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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Donetsk, Luhansk Propose Amendments to Ukraine’s Constitution

May 19, 2015 02:23 PM

On May 12, the Russian-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” (DPR, LPR) jointly presented their proposals for changing Ukraine’s Constitution. Their documents avoid using the terms...


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