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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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Militants Who Fought in Syria Accused of Killing Five Hunters in Dagestan

October 2, 2015 04:29 PM

Russia’s security services recently launched a special operation across Dagestan, the largest republic of the North Caucasus. Combined forces from the military, police and security services specifically targeted five Dagestani districts—Kurakhsky, Magaramkentsky, Suleiman-Stalsky, Tabasaransky and Khivsky. The special feature of the latest special operation is that it practically covers the entire foothills of the republic, from Makhachkala in the north to southern Dagestan. The action was prompted by the murder of five hunters, who were allegedly shot by militants in the forests of the...

Cat: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Middle East, Syria, Russia, The Caucasus, North Caucasus
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The New Baku International Seaport: A Nexus for the New Silk Road

October 2, 2015

Snaking across Eurasia—from China, through Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia, and on to Turkey—the first test container train arrived at the new Baku International Sea Trade Port complex, located in the town of Alyat (around 30 miles southwest of Baku), on August 3, 2015. Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and China agreed on this Trans-Caspian Transport Route as part of the so-called “New...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Transit, The Caucasus, Azerbaijan , South Caucasus

Blockade of Crimea Is Continuing Peacefully

October 2, 2015

On September 20, Crimean Tatars launched a nonviolent protest action that they have named the “Citizens’ Blockade of Crimea” to suspend the transfer of goods from mainland Ukraine to the occupied territory of the Crimean peninsula. The peaceful blockade is taking place at Kalanchak, Chongar (headquarters) and Chaplinka—three main crossing points for Ukrainian goods. According to border records, a...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Europe, Ukraine, Crimea

Defying Georgia, Turkey Gradually Cultivates its Influence in Separatist Abkhazia

October 1, 2015

Turkey has been one of Georgia’s closest economic and political partners in the wider Middle East since the latter country regained its national independence in 1991. Currently, Turkey is Georgia’s biggest trading partner, with a 15.4 percent share of Georgia’s total trade turnover with the world (, accessed September 28). The two countries also occasionally hold joint military...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia, Turkey

Is Moscow Set to Target Russians Fighting Against Assad in Syria?

October 1, 2015

Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict on behalf of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may take the war in the Middle East to a new level. The main concern of North Caucasians will be whether Moscow’s involvement in the conflict results in it sending military personnel from Russia’s Muslim regions to the Middle East.

If the Russian government dispatches pro-Moscow Chechen forces to Syria, they...

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

Russian Jets Bomb Syria

October 1, 2015

On September 30, the upper house of the Russia’s parliament—the Federation Council—unanimously rubberstamped a Kremlin request to use Russian troops abroad after a 15-minute closed session. President Vladimir Putin’s administration chief, Sergei Ivanov, presented the Kremlin’s request and later told reporters that Russian troops will begin an air operation in Syria to defend Russian national...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Military/Security, Middle East, Syria, Russia

Turkmenistan Eliminates Generous Energy and Utilities Subsidies for Citizens

September 30, 2015

The Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan is considering abandoning the socio-economic system, in place since independence over 20 years ago, that the government has used to placate the population. At a meeting of the Council of Elders, on September 10, several members of this government advisory body voiced the idea that the time has come for consumers in Turkmenistan to pay a market price for...

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

Ukraine to Resume Gas Purchases From Russia This Fall

September 30, 2015

On September 25, Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission (EC), which has been acting as a mediator in the energy talks between Moscow and Kyiv, agreed on new terms for Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine from October 2015 until March 2016. EC Vice President Maros Sefcovic said Ukraine would have enough gas in the coming winter, and there would be no threat to gas transit from Russia to the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Energy, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Three North Caucasian Republics Are De-Facto Bankrupt

September 30, 2015

Russia’s Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) recently published data on the economic performance of the North Caucasian Federal District during the first seven months of 2015. According to the optimistic government statistics, the unemployment rate in the district fell by 1.5 percent, while industrial output and services grew by 15 percent. These figures appear to be fairly good, even when...

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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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Nord Stream Two in Ukrainian Perspective

September 21, 2015 03:05 PM

At Russia’s initiative, the Nord Stream Two natural gas pipeline project has advanced from agreements of intent to a binding agreement; and Gazprom has formed the project consortium with several...

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