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

December 8, 2015 08:30 AM

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.

The University Club of...


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Russia Raises the Stakes in Aleppo

February 9, 2016 04:45 PM

Russia’s air campaign in Syria initially provoked critical remarks and skepticism from Western governments and commentators. However, the intervention, which involves targeted air strikes and close air support (CAS) for Syrian regime and allied forces, has made dramatic advances in recent days. The Russian defense ministry and the media reported on the successful regime-led advance on Aleppo, which allowed the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and supporting militias operating under the cover of the Russian CAS to cut off rebel supply lines into Aleppo. Consequently, as the Aerospace Forces (Vozdushno...


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Talk of Reunification Opens Risks and Opportunities for Protest-Ridden Moldova

February 9, 2016

At the height of recent anti-government protests in Chisinau, some Moldovans in the crowd may have hoped for Romania to intervene; but the Russian state media made it sound as if it this were a real possibility, if not an actual plan in Bucharest (Pervii Kanal, January 24). In response, the former Romanian national security advisor to then-president Traian Băsescu, Iulian Fota, argued in an...

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Legal Case in Chelyabinsk Raises Specter of Regional Separatism in Russia

February 9, 2016

As more and more low-level or hushed-up evidence makes clear, the Kremlin’s Ukraine gambit may have serious, unexpected domestic ramifications for the Russian Federation, such as increasing the likelihood of regional separatism—a prospect not seriously considered since the early 2000s and the end of Russia’s second war in Chechnya. In January 2016, the Chelyabinsk regional authorities detained...

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Restoration of Aziz Mosque in Adjara Reignites Debate Over Ottoman Legacy in Georgia

February 8, 2016

Hundreds of Muslim Georgians who live in the autonomous republic of Adjara, in southwestern Georgia, held a protest rally, on February 5, in the regional capital of Batumi. The protesters demanded that Georgian authorities give them permission to construct a new, large mosque in the city. The participants of the rally handed authorities a petition with 12,000 signatures of Muslim Georgians....

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Kadyrov Tests Moscow’s Strategy in the North Caucasus

February 8, 2016

On February 2, Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov convened an unusual gathering of followers of the Naqshbandi and Qadiriyya Sufi orders in Grozny. Apart from the participants from Chechnya, “thousands” of other Sufis arrived from Dagestan, Ingushetia and other republics of the North Caucasus, Kadyrov claimed via Instagram. The rally of the Sufis, which Kadyrov called a “majlis,” declared that true...

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

Russia Losing Ground Across Central Asia

February 8, 2016

Increasingly, it seems that wherever one looks in Central Asia, Russia is losing ground. This retreat is not confined to economics, though it is certainly present in this sphere. Notably, Moscow is also finding it increasingly difficult to compete militarily in Central Asia. For example, in Tajikistan, Moscow is downgrading to a brigade the size of its 201st division, based just outside of...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Central Asia, Tajikistan , Russia

Belarus and Its Powerful Neighbors: A Master Class of Raw Geopolitics

February 5, 2016

As January 2016 drew to a close, news pertaining to Belarus’s relations with its two large neighbors—Russia and Europe—again overshadowed any developments emanating from the Eastern European country itself. First, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) issued its report on Belarus’s recent presidential elections, and every outlet of the Belarusian media has responded....

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The Kremlin Becomes Hostage to Its Own Imperial Propaganda

February 5, 2016

In January 2016, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the formation of three new divisions in the Western Military District of Russia. Two of them will be located near the border with Ukraine and one—near the Belarusian border (Vedomosti, January 12).

At first glance, this military orientation contradicts official Russian policy statements that declare Russia’s main enemy to be the...

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

February 5, 2016

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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 current crisis. This overestimation partly explains the recent decisions in Washington, Brussels and Bucharest to accept billionaire Vladimir Plahotniuc’s full seizure of power, as preferable to a...

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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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