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Fifth Annual China Defense and Security Conference

January 20, 2015 10:41 AM

The Jamestown Foundation’s Fifth Annual China Defense and Security Conference

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Lavrov Unilaterally Reinterprets the Armistice Agreement With Ukraine

January 27, 2015 05:05 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had hoped to see the Minsk armistice process rehabilitated at the “Normandy Group’s” January 21 meeting in Berlin (see EDM, January 22, 23). Prefacing that meeting of the German, French, Russian and Ukrainian ministers of foreign affairs, Merkel declared: “The Minsk agreement remains, of course, the basis for talks. All partners, including Ukraine and Russia, continue adhering to the Minsk agreement, and I hope that this will remain so” (Bundeskanzlerin.de, January 21).

That statement overlooked the evidence that Russia had de facto scuttled the September 2014...


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With Upcoming Presidential Election, Status Quo Looks Likely to Remain Unchanged

January 27, 2015

Nearly two more months remain before the presidential elections in Uzbekistan, to be held on March 29, and candidates from all four political parties have been identified (Uzbekistan.org, January 26). However, any change to the status quo in the country’s political climate appears unlikely for the time being. The 2015 elections, and their outcome, are poised to differ little from the last...

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

Russian Think Tank That Pushed for Invasion of Ukraine Wants Moscow to Overthrow Lukashenka

January 27, 2015

Analysts at the Russian Institute for Strategic Research (RISI), a Moscow-based think tank that pushed hard for Russia to invade Ukraine (Nr2.com.ua, January 13), are now urging Moscow to overthrow Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Until 2009, RISI was officially connected to Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), and currently serves as an advisor to the Kremlin. Now, according to...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Russia

Ukraine on the Brink: Donbas Conflict Escalates

January 27, 2015

Following the outright collapse of the notional ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv and Moscow have traded accusations and drifted further from pursuing a possible political solution. Neither side shows any meaningful commitment to the Minsk agreement reached in September 2014, while the local conflict zone has consequently erupted into its worst fighting since the tentative ceasefire was agreed....

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The Conflict Between the President and the Prime Minister Continues to Dominate the Georgian Political Landscape

January 26, 2015

Since the start of this year, Georgian political life has been increasingly dominated by the deepening and all-consuming conflict between President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. This time, the cause of contention between the two men became the question of whether the government would and should attend the president’s upcoming State of the Nation annual address....

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia

Ethnic Conflict in Dagestan Could Internationalize Rift With Azerbaijanis

January 26, 2015

On January 7, unidentified assailants vandalized the tomb of Seid Mir-Gafar-aga in Derbent, Dagestan (see EDM, January 13, 15). The tomb is a place of worship for ethnic Azerbaijanis and the act of vandalism sparked tensions between the Azerbaijani community and the rest of the republic. The leaders of Dagestan’s Azerbaijani community reportedly intervened to prevent mass protests. Some local...

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

Amid Mounting Domestic Troubles, Putin Tries to Regain the Initiative in Eastern Ukraine

January 26, 2015

The sharp escalation of hostilities in eastern Ukraine last week (January 22) has disheartened many in Europe who had hoped for a gradual resolution of the Ukraine conflict. On the other hand, it has been a welcome return to the path of victory for many in Russia who consume or produce the flow of war propaganda. For some observers, the fragility of the ceasefire and the impossibility of...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Economics, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Reasserting Belarus’s Independent Voice

January 23, 2015

Amidst the economic crisis in Russia and the ensuing devaluation of the Belarusian ruble, Belarus has been making increasingly notable attempts to voice its independent opinion on the world stage as well as improve its relations with the West. On January 13, Belarus lowered the price of its visas for citizens of the United States and the United Kingdom. Belarusian visas for children younger than...

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

Dilemma in Turkey’s Armenian Foreign Policy

January 23, 2015

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs held its Annual Ambassadors Conference on January 5–6, where the overall vision and various aspects of Turkey’s foreign policy were reviewed and discussed (Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 6). The year 2015 will be highly significant and particularly challenging for Turkey’s foreign policy because of the fast-approaching centennial date of the mass...

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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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Lavrov Unilaterally Reinterprets the Armistice Agreement With Ukraine

January 27, 2015 05:05 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had hoped to see the Minsk armistice process rehabilitated at the “Normandy Group’s” January 21 meeting in Berlin (see EDM, January 22, 23). Prefacing that meeting of...


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