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September 12, 2016 04:47 PM

Tenth Annual Terrorism Conference

Save the Date! Wednesday, December 14th

The National Press ClubGrand Ballroom 529 14th St. NW, 13th FloorWashington, DC 20045

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Russian Military Presence in Syria Increasing With Carrier Deploying to Eastern Mediterranean

September 22, 2016 05:29 PM

It took several month of intermittent talks between the United States and Russia and many multi-hour marathon sessions between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to hammer out the Syrian ceasefire agreement that went into effect on September 12. But this latest accord collapsed within days. Sufficient humanitarian aid to relieve besieged Syrian civilians—a key part of the ceasefire deal—never materialized, while the Russian military accused the US of failing to press the Syrian opposition into ceasing its hostilities. On September 17, US-led coalition...

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SOCAR’s Complicated DESFA Deal Faces New Setbacks

September 22, 2016

Rovnag Abdullayev, the head of Azerbaijan’s State Oil Company (SOCAR), told reporters on September 5 that his company is waiting for an explanation from the Greek government for its violation of the originally agreed-upon privatization terms for Greece’s Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) (, September 6). In 2013, SOCAR won a tender to acquire a 66 percent share of DESFA, which...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Energy, Europe, Balkans, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Azerbaijan

Chechnya Hosts International Islamic Conference

September 22, 2016

It has become common practice for the authorities to hold large international Islamic conferences in Chechnya. The latest such conference took place on August 25–27, 2016, in Grozny. Over 100 religious leaders from 30 countries took part in the gathering, including Jordan, Qatar, Morocco, Egypt, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, India, South Africa and Azerbaijan. Notably, however, a delegation from Turkey was...

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Free Trade Agreement With China Boosts Georgia’s Security, Strategic Regional Importance

September 21, 2016

On September 13, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Georgian government and Minister of the Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitry Kumsishvili stated at a press conference that Tbilisi and Beijing had finalized a free trade agreement between their two countries. “China’s Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng plans to visit Tbilisi to sign a memorandum of understanding,” Kumsishvili said. The...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Foreign Policy, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia

Belarusians Debate Parliamentary Elections

September 21, 2016

Political commentators continue to discuss the outcomes of Belarus’s September 11 parliamentary elections (see EDM, September 12). According to the official results, the lowest voter turnout was in the city of Minsk, 61 percent; and the highest in Mogilev Oblast, 81 percent (Belarus Segodnya, September 12). Out of 110 elected members of parliament (MP), only 28 were lawmakers in the previous...

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Could Africa Become a New Leading Market For Russian Arms Sales?

September 21, 2016

Africa has never been a particularly high foreign policy priority for the Russian Federation. This is mainly due to a lack of resources and capacity in Moscow; for if those were present, an ambition to aspire to a role on the continent commensurate with that of the former Soviet Union would almost certainly have followed. Nevertheless, Russian arms sellers have never neglected Africa, whether...

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Circassians in Predominantly Ethnic-Russian Krasnodar Demand Recognition as Region’s Indigenous Population

September 20, 2016

Ramazan Khun, a Circassian activist from Russia’s Krasnodar region, posted an unusual online petition on the website The petition calls on the Russian government, President Vladimir Putin, and the administration of Krasnodar krai to grant indigenous rights to the Circassians, who reside on the territory of this southwestern Russian region.

The petition says: “Most cities and rivers...

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Moscow Again Trying to Pit Ethnic Russians in Northeastern Estonia Against Tallinn

September 20, 2016

Moscow is again stirring the pot in northeastern Estonia, trying to pit the ethnic-Russian community there against Tallinn. And it is doing so in the classic tradition of Vladimir Putin’s “hybrid” war: specifically, Russia is using a report prepared by the Estonian Security Police that leaked to the press in order to blame Tallinn for that group’s problems. On the one hand, Moscow is trying to...

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Moscow Tests Network-Centric Military Capability in Kavkaz 2016

September 20, 2016

Every year, the Russian Armed Forces stage a large-scale training exercise to serve as the pinnacle of the combat training season. These annual major exercises are held, on a rotational basis, across Russia’s various military districts (MD), which also allows the General Staff to test and assess progress in key areas. This year, the military carried out the strategic command post exercise...

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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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NATO’s New Force Posture in the Baltic Region: Pluses and Minuses (Part Two)

September 6, 2016 08:47 PM


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It was a summit of modest expectations and modest results for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Warsaw on July 8–9. These results are of an...

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