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Ninth Annual Terrorism Conference The War in Syria, Islamic State and the Changing Landscape of Asymmetric Threats

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Ninth Annual Terrorism Conference: The War in Syria, Islamic State and the Changing Landscape of Asymmetric Threats


Tuesday, December 8, 2015 8:30 A.M.–4:15 P.M.

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Moscow’s Confrontational Policy Turns Russia From an Ally to a Threat for Armenia

February 12, 2016 05:23 PM

On February 8, a number of units of Russia’s Southern Military District as well as the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla were put on a high alert, and massive snap exercises followed. According to Russian officials, this and similar such snap exercises would be organized during the year, in order to ready troops for a larger exercise, codenamed “Kavkaz” (Caucasus), planned for late 2016 (, February 8).

The current drill, planned to go on until February 13, will involve up to 50 naval vessels, 200 airplanes and helicopters, and nearly 8,500 personnel. Russian sources noted...

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Coming Arms Race in the Balkans?

February 12, 2016

On December 2, 2015, Montenegro was formally invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The military alliance saw its last enlargement round in 2009, when Albania and Croatia were admitted. The acceptance of these states was widely seen as a stepping-stone in ensuring long-term stability in the Western Balkans, following decades of ethnic unrest (Illyria Press, December 2,...

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Are Chechen Special Forces Fighting in Syria?

February 12, 2016

After the Kremlin denied having ground troops in Syria, the Russian leadership was surprised by Ramzan Kadyrov’s statement that Chechen special forces were fighting in the Middle East against the Islamic State (IS). A trailer for a program produced by the Russian federal TV channel Rossiya 1 (, February 7) states that “Chechen special forces obtain information about the structure and the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Middle East, Syria, Russia

Ukraine Cuts Russian Gas Imports to a Minimum

February 11, 2016

Ukrainian gas consumption fell significantly last year, as GDP declined by more than 10 percent, and the output of the domestic industry in particular, which is heavily depends on natural gas, plunged by more than 13 percent. This allowed Ukraine to reduce gas imports from Russia to a minimum. Moreover, Ukraine is going to further reduce consumption and imports this year, while gas production...

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Russian Defense Ministry Holds More Exercises in Dagestan

February 11, 2016

Following the military exercises conducted in Dagestan last month by the snipers of the Southern Military District motorized infantry, during which troops learned speed shooting at the Dalny shooting range near the city of Buinaksk (, January 17), a new round of military exercises was held on January 27, in the city of Kaspiisk. During the drills, which were held at the Russian...

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Sudden Massive Snap Exercise and Mobilization of Russian Forces in Black Sea and Caspian Region Appears Aimed at Turkey

February 11, 2016

On Monday, February 8, Russia’s defense minister, Army-General Sergei Shoigu, announced that the military forces of the Southern and Central Military districts, the Aerospace Forces (Vozdushno Kosmicheskikh Sil—VKS) the airborne troops (Vozdushno Desantnye Voyska—VDV), the military transport air force (Voenno Transportnaya Aviatsiya—VTA), the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla were being...

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Looming Long-Term Economic Problems Stem From Kyrgyzstan’s EEU Membership

February 10, 2016

It has been half a year since Kyrgyzstan officially joined the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia. Its accession treaty took effect on August 12, 2015. That same day, Kazakhstan tore down customs controls on its border with the Kyrgyz Republic in order to comply with the EEU’s fundamental concept of the free flow of goods and services among its...

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Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good: The Case of Belarus

February 10, 2016

On February 1, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The meeting was not planned in advance: Lukashenka had reportedly only called his Russian counterpart on January 28 to request this engagement. This puzzled political commentators. After all, the two heads of state met on December 15 and then on December 21 in Moscow, and were further...

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Russian Prison System Plans to Increase Pressure on Muslim Inmates

February 10, 2016

The Russian federal prison authority plans to ramp up the fight against the so-called prison jamaats, according to the newspaper Kommersant. Officials say that Islam is spreading rapidly among inmates and may be a security danger in light of the threat the Islamic State poses to Russia. According to the newspaper’s sources in the Russian state penitentiary service, the number of Muslim inmates in...

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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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Russia Watches and Puts Own Spin on Moldova’s Crisis (Part Two)

February 5, 2016 05:52 PM

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Western officials and commentators seem, on the whole, to overestimate Russia’s capacity and intentions to recapture Moldova by exploiting that country‘s...

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