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

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Despite Multiple Troubles, Russia Continues Its Pressure Against Georgia

March 4, 2015 04:36 PM

One might expect that while Russia’s political, diplomatic, military and economic resources are tied down in its protracted war in Ukraine, the Kremlin would have difficulty focusing on other regions within the post-Soviet space. But even a casual glance at Russia’s recent activities in Georgia immediately dispels such assumptions.

During the latest round of Russian-Georgian talks (held on February 26), carried out between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and Zurab Abashidze, the Georgian prime minister’s special representative for relations with Russia, Moscow again raised...


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Moscow Remains Fertile Recruiting Ground for Aspiring Jihadists

March 5, 2015

From time to time, Russia is forced to reveal information about the real situation involving the jihadist movement in the Russian capital. Authorities are not keen on providing figures on how many Moscow residents are Muslims to avoid traumatizing the Russian Orthodox residents. According to some, possibly biased, estimates, about a million Moscow residents may be Muslims (Muslim.ru, accessed...

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

The Murder of Boris Nemtsov: An Unsolved Conspiracy

March 5, 2015

Boris Nemtsov (55), former governor of Nizny Novgorod, former deputy Duma speaker, deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin and, more recently, an opposition leader and vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down last Friday night, February 27, in downtown Moscow, just a hundred meters from the Kremlin (see EDM, March 2). Tens of thousands protested Nemtsov’s slaying; his...

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Moldova’s Party System Blocks Reforms, Defeats the Reformers

March 5, 2015

Moldova’s new government, the Alliance for a European Moldova (AEM), is a reformatted version of the Alliance for European Integration (AEI) that came to power in Moldova in 2009. Its revised title conveys an emphasis on internal transformation, instead of premature ambitions for membership in the European Union, which the former title had implied. The name change reflects a more realistic...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Europe, Moldova

Moldova: European Choice With Communist Support?

March 5, 2015

Following yet another protracted political crisis, the Moldovan parliament has voted to approve a minority government, the Alliance for a European Moldova (AEM), on February 18, thanks to the Communist Party’s support. The AEM government needed 51 votes for approval. It could only muster 39 votes on its own; but it received 19 Communist votes after negotiations with that party’s leader, Vladimir...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Europe, Moldova

Armenia Recalls the Zurich Protocols

March 4, 2015

On February 16, the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan addressed a letter to the speaker of the National Assembly, Galust Sahakyan, informing him about an executive decision to recall the Armenia-Turkey Protocols from the parliament. Signed in Zurich, in 2009, under the mediation of the United States, the Protocols would have, inter alia, established diplomatic relations between Ankara and Yerevan...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, Azerbaijan , Armenia

North Caucasus Economic Woes Likely Due to the Shrinking Role of the Central Government

March 4, 2015

In February, the Arbitration Court of North Ossetia declared the Vladikavkaz Thermal Networks joint stock company insolvent and put in under external management until June 1, 2015. Vladikavkaz Thermal Networks is a monopolistic public utilities management company in North Ossetia’s capital, Vladikavkaz. The company owed overall over $12 million and could not pay back its creditors (Kavkazsky...

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

Devaluation of National Currency Threatens Regime Stability in Azerbaijan

March 3, 2015

On February 21, the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) devalued the country’s currency, the manta, by 33.5 percent against the US dollar, and 30 percent against the euro. On the day of the devaluation, the national currency was rated at 1.05 manat to the dollar, in contrast to the previous official rate of 0.78 to 1. According to the Azerbaijani Central Bank, the decision to devalue the manat was...

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The Battle of the Fifth Columns

March 3, 2015

On February 17–18, the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Sir Suma Chakrabarti, paid a visit to Minsk and met with President Alyaksandr Lukashenka (ONT, February 17). This was the first trip by an EBRD president to the Belarusian capital since the mid-1990s. On February 20, Belarus also hosted Edgars Rinkevics, the foreign minister of Latvia, whose country...

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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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Moldova’s Party System Blocks Reforms, Defeats the Reformers

March 5, 2015 06:10 PM

Moldova’s new government, the Alliance for a European Moldova (AEM), is a reformatted version of the Alliance for European Integration (AEI) that came to power in Moldova in 2009. Its revised title...


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