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Ukraine’s Security Challenges in the East and Military Reform

July 15, 2015 02:00 PM


On July 27, 2015, The Jamestown Foundation hosted former Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense, Admiral Ihor Kabanenko, and Vice President of Kyiv-based high-technology firm KM Core, Bohdan Kupych....

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Russia Vetoes UN Draft Resolution on MH17 Tribunal

July 30, 2015 05:52 PM

Moscow vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) draft resolution that would have set up an international tribunal to investigate and prosecute those involved in the downing passenger airliner of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The Boeing 777 jet was shot down on July 17, 2014, in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, over territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists. All 298 passengers and crew were killed, two-thirds of them Dutch. Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, dismissed as “unacceptable” the draft resolution on the tribunal put forward by Malaysia, Ukraine,...

Cat: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, Russia, Europe, Ukraine
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Belarus: Domestic Events and Outside Actors

July 30, 2015

Recent news about Belarus has recently concentrated on three somewhat connected issues: the upcoming presidential elections, economic decline, and the activities of Moscow and the collective West vis-à-vis Minsk.

On July 20, Lidia Ermoshina, chairperson of Belarus’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC), participated in a Vienna-based seminar of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in...

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

Russia Does Not Know How to Fight Islamic State Loyalists

July 30, 2015

Russia continues to surprise observers by its actions to counter the threat of the Islamic State (IS). Notably, Russian authorities recently updated the list of Islamic organizations that could harm the Russian Federation. The list is interesting because it includes organizations that disappeared more than ten years ago. For example, it is unclear why the High Military Council of the Joint Forces...

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

Kazakhstan’s Next Parliamentary Election May Lay Foundation for Eventual Presidential Succession

July 29, 2015

In early July, Kazakh media reported on a new political initiative announced by a group of young activists headed by Olesya Khalabuzar (, July 8). The group proposed the creation of a political party under the name “Spravedlivost” (“Justice”). This “new left” project seeks to build a multi-ethnic organization that would advocate building a society of equal opportunities. The project...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Central Asia, Kazakhstan

Georgia Establishes New State Security Service

July 29, 2015

In early July, the parliament of Georgia passed a law on establishing the State Security Service (Civil Georgia, July 4). The new body will decouple the intelligence and security agencies from Georgia’s Ministry of Interior. Among its roles, it is tasked with investigating anti-Georgian espionage and sabotage activities. Prior to 2004, the Ministry of State Security existed specifically to deal...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, The Caucasus, Georgia, Russia, Featured

North Caucasians Have Reportedly Been Called Back From Eastern Ukraine Battlefield

July 29, 2015

New reports are surfacing about another influx of North Caucasian fighters arriving in eastern Ukraine, which began in 2014. In particular, Chechens fighting on the side of the pro-Russia separatists have received substantial media attention. In 2015, however, the Moscow-backed separatist leadership in eastern Ukraine said that all North Caucasians had left their territory. Nonetheless, Lifenews,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, Info Warfare/Media, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Europe, Ukraine

India Covets Comprehensive Reengagement With Central Asia

July 28, 2015

On July 6, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off his eight-day tour of Central Asia, visiting the region for the first time since taking office last May. The first country he arrived in was Uzbekistan. “I started my trip from here to underline the importance of Uzbekistan not only for the region but also for the whole of Asia,” India’s premier was quoted as saying by the local media....

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Economics, Military/Security, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan , Kazakhstan

Land-Locked Kazakhstan Plans to Build a Blue-Water Commercial Fleet

July 28, 2015

Kazakhstan plans to expand its shipping fleet on the Caspian Sea and to acquire, for the first time, a blue-water one (, July 23). Its maritime strategy is aimed to allow this Caspian-littoral Central Asian republic both to take advantage of the cost-savings of ship transport and to make itself less dependent on foreign shippers, including Russian ones. The Caspian Sea, however, is...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Transit, Central Asia, Kazakhstan

Blackjacks, Hypersonic Aerial Vehicles and the Defense of Crimea: Russia’s Futuristic Challenge to the West?

July 28, 2015

Russian military media coverage across a range of modernization and strategic-level issues inadvertently reveals planning weaknesses within the defense establishment. Plans to modernize part of the strategic bomber fleet, develop high-tech hypersonic strike capabilities, and consolidate Crimea’s defense conceal Moscow’s deeper uncertainty about the nature of countering future threats to the...

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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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Ukraine Accepts Constitutional Amendment to Russia’s Advantage at US Insistence

July 24, 2015 03:35 PM

The international context of negotiations to implement the Minsk armistice is changing in Russia’s favor. As the leading Western power, the Barack Obama administration effectively pressures Ukraine...

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