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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.

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Russian Prison System Plans to Increase Pressure on Muslim Inmates

February 10, 2016 04:53 PM

The Russian federal prison authority plans to ramp up the fight against the so-called prison jamaats, according to the newspaper Kommersant. Officials say that Islam is spreading rapidly among inmates and may be a security danger in light of the threat the Islamic State poses to Russia. According to the newspaper’s sources in the Russian state penitentiary service, the number of Muslim inmates in Russian prisons further increased in 2015. The sources claimed that informal networks of Muslims in Russian prisons spread extremist literature and recruit supporters. In particular, the officials...

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Looming Long-Term Economic Problems Stem From Kyrgyzstan’s EEU Membership

February 10, 2016

It has been half a year since Kyrgyzstan officially joined the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia. Its accession treaty took effect on August 12, 2015. That same day, Kazakhstan tore down customs controls on its border with the Kyrgyz Republic in order to comply with the EEU’s fundamental concept of the free flow of goods and services among its...

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

Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good: The Case of Belarus

February 10, 2016

On February 1, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The meeting was not planned in advance: Lukashenka had reportedly only called his Russian counterpart on January 28 to request this engagement. This puzzled political commentators. After all, the two heads of state met on December 15 and then on December 21 in Moscow, and were further...

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

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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Russia Raises the Stakes in Aleppo

February 9, 2016

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,...

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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...

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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...

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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

*To read Part One, please click here.


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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