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January 20, 2015 10:41 AM

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

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Putin Cheating on the Armistice Line in Ukraine

January 29, 2015 03:27 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing a cheating game with the West and Ukraine, not only hollowing out the Minsk armistice agreements (see EDM, January 22, 23, 27), but even shifting the agreed-upon demarcation line on the ground and on the map. Kyiv is alert to Putin’s con games, but it is forced to face a stronger Russia one-on-one, without Western assistance. Ukraine’s Western partners are slow, as usual, to notice Putin’s maneuvers, most recently at the January 21 “Normandy group” meeting in Berlin. There, Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov prevailed on his German and...


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Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy: One for All, or All for One?

January 29, 2015

On December 26, 2014, Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov delivered an official briefing on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ 2014 activities. He provided a broad overview of Kazakhstan’s main foreign policy achievements and breakthroughs throughout the past year. Notably, President Nursultan Nazarbayev made eight official visits abroad and hosted 16 foreign heads of state in the country....

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Central Asia, Kazakhstan

Moscow Becomes Increasingly Worried About Russian Nationals Fighting With Islamic State

January 29, 2015

Russia has finally become concerned about its nationals fighting in Syria against its ally, Bashar al-Assad, and has begun targeting fighters returning from abroad. The authorities’ actions sometimes take an outrageous turn, such as when they recently accused men who had been in Egypt on a business trip for several weeks of involvement in the insurgency in Syria and Iraq. It is unclear how the...

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

Minsk Ceasefire Agreements Are Dead, but the Russian Offensive Is Faltering

January 29, 2015

The Minsk ceasefire agreements, signed last September by the representatives of Russia, Ukraine, the Moscow-backed rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), were designed to stop the fighting in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine and create a semblance of a demilitarized zone from which the warring sides must withdraw their heavy weapons. But the Minsk...

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

Authorities Crack Down on Tatarstan Activists

January 28, 2015

On December 28, 2014, authorities in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan, detained Tatar rights activist Rafis Kashapov upon his return from Turkey, where he had reportedly received medical treatment and held meetings with local activists. The authorities ordered the activist detained for two months for “fueling inter-ethnic strife.” Kashapov heads the Tatar Civil Center in Naberezhnye...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia, Middle Volga

Tensions Continue Along Line of Contact Around Karabakh

January 28, 2015

On January 2–3, clashes took place along the Line of Contact between Azerbaijan and the unrecognized, Armenian-backed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), resulting in casualties on both sides. Though a cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan was reached in 1994, it has regularly been violated for more than 20 years. The violation of the ceasefire regime and the loss of two Armenian soldiers...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, The Caucasus, Azerbaijan , Armenia, South Caucasus

Is Belarus Benefiting From a Change in the West’s Perspective?

January 28, 2015

It is tempting to slip into a spiral of sensationalism when describing the concurrent trends in Belarus’s foreign relations and national aspirations, even though—if history is any guide—these trends may be reversed as abruptly as they started. So far, however, tensions have been on the rise along Belarus’s eastern flank; whereas, there has been steady improvement in Belarus’s relations with the...

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

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...

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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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Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Putin Cheating on the Armistice Line in Ukraine

January 29, 2015 03:27 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing a cheating game with the West and Ukraine, not only hollowing out the Minsk armistice agreements (see EDM, January 22, 23, 27), but even shifting the...


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