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Eighth Annual Terrorism Conference

October 20, 2014 02:59 PM

Al-Qaeda and Its Heirs


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

8:30 A.M.–4:00 P.M.

The University Club of Washington, D.C.

Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor)

1135 Sixteenth Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C....

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Russia to Shift Rail Route to Avoid Going Through Ukraine

November 25, 2014 03:31 PM

Russia frequently seeks to reroute oil and gas pipelines and railway routes in order to bypass those neighboring countries that it hopes to put pressure on. In turn, the West puts forth competing pipeline and transit corridors whose aim is to allow these same countries to escape Moscow’s sphere of influence. However, another type of rerouting currently taking place—involving both Russia and its neighbors—has largely escaped everyone’s attention, even though its implications could prove to be particularly transformative for the region.

That rerouting involves the sorting out—or, to put it...

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Russia’s New Passport Regulations Impose Additional Hardships on Tajik Migrant Workers

November 26, 2014

According to a new Russian law, beginning on January 1, 2015, citizens of Tajikistan wishing to enter Russia will no longer be able to use their domestic passports, but will instead need to produce an international passport, a diplomatic passport or a seafarer’s identity document. On November 20, Tajikistan’s Ministry of Transport notified airlines and the Tajik Railway Company to prohibit...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Central Asia, Tajikistan , Russia

Belarus Tries to Flap Its ‘Second Wing’

November 26, 2014

“We have been flying with one wing and we badly need to engage the other one,” President Alyaksandr Lukashenka once quipped, in reference to Belarus’s asymmetric international engagements—too much with Russia, too little with the West. The imbalance, of course, is still there and so are Minsk’s attempts to rectify the situation (, September 23, 2002).

On November 14, Belarus’s...

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

Why Do Jamaat Leaders Die so Often in North Caucasus Special Operations?

November 26, 2014

Rarely a week passes in Dagestan without the authorities launching a new special operation against militants. Some weeks, several special operations take place across the republic. In most instances, these law enforcement actions are based upon information received from Russian moles planted in the ranks of the rebels. This makes the government forces’ job easier, narrowing the focus of the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Terrorism, Military/Security, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia

Putin Approves Draft Strategy for Countering Extremism in Russia to 2025

November 25, 2014

On November 20, President Vladimir Putin convened a meeting of the Russian Security Council to discuss and approve a draft Strategy for Countering Extremism in the Russian Federation Through 2025. This new security document offers additional indications that countering “color revolutions” has moved center stage in Russia’s security thinking. The Strategy for Countering Extremism will focus on...

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

Why Is Karachaevo-Cherkessia Quiet and Kabardino-Balkaria Not?

November 24, 2014

On November 18, Russian and regional analysts in Karachaevo-Cherkessia discussed the striking difference between two neighboring and quite similar republics, Karachaevo-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria. While Kabardino-Balkaria has seen the rise of a militant insurgency in recent years, Karachaevo-Cherkessia has managed to remain fairly quiet, even though sporadic political violence had taken...

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

Looming Annexations of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Russia’s Growing Appetite for Territorial Expansion

November 24, 2014

On November 20, Russian-occupied South Ossetia’s (Tskhinvali region) separatist regime declared that it is negotiating a new “comprehensive agreement on integration” with Russia, which will raise the relationship between the two sides to a “qualitatively new level,” especially in the military sphere (, November 20). Although the full text of the “agreement” has not yet been revealed, it...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, The Caucasus, Georgia, South Caucasus , Europe, Ukraine

With Ukraine Going Strong, Putin Becomes Lost in Fog of Hybrid War

November 24, 2014

Last weekend (November 21), Ukraine marked the first anniversary of the EuroMaidan—the public protests in Kyiv that lasted through the hard winter of discontent and brought down the corrupt regime of Viktor Yanukovych on February 21. As its war for state survival continues to rage, the country is in no mood for street festivities. Nevertheless, the EuroMaidan clearly still drives Ukraine’s...

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

Kazakhstan Announces New Economic Policy to Avoid Another Crisis

November 21, 2014

On November 11, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev made a pre-announced televised address to the nation. Since 1997, the president annually addresses the two chambers of parliament at the beginning of the calendar year, thus allowing him to outline his administration’s forthcoming plans and programs and to take stock of the preceding year’s achievements. This year, however, Nazarbayev...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Domestic/Social, Central Asia, Kazakhstan , Europe, Ukraine, Russia

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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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Rebooting the Geneva Negotiations: Ukraine’s Possible Escape From the Minsk Trap

November 17, 2014 04:15 PM

The armistice agreements, signed two months ago, have failed to protect Ukraine from further Russian offensive operations and encroachments on its territory. The Minsk agreements’ failure is a...

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