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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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North-South Railroad Competitions Reordering Geopolitics of the Caucasus

September 1, 2015 05:01 PM

For most of the post-Soviet period, politicians and pundits have focused on east-west transportation corridors in the southern Caucasus. But today, two north-south railway projects—one that would link Azerbaijan and Iran, and a second that would connect Armenia and Iran (see EDM, September 25, 2014; June 24, 2015)—have the potential to reorder the geopolitical map of the region. Besides increasing the influence of Iran and Russia, as well as decreasing the influence of Turkey, Georgia, and the United States, these transit corridor projects could further complicate any resolution of the...


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Armenia’s Regional Energy and Transport Cooperation Squeezed by Russia

September 1, 2015

Shortly after the deal on Iran’s nuclear program, Iranian ambassador to Armenia, Mohammad Reyisi, gave several interviews to Armenian newspapers and news agencies concerning perspectives for future bilateral cooperation. Ambassador Reyisi noted that the joint construction of a hydroelectric plant on the river Arax could be resumed as soon as the international sanctions against Iran are lifted. He...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Transit, Energy, Foreign Policy, Economics, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Armenia, Iran

Russia Hosts CSTO Exercises in Western Military District

September 1, 2015

In late August, Russia hosted military exercises for elite forces assigned to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Vzaimodeystviye (Collaboration) 2015 was staged near Pskov, in the Western Military District (MD), testing CSTO rapid reaction capabilities and unit interoperability. The scenario concentrated upon a crisis in a notional member state requiring assistance to restore its...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan , Tajikistan , Europe, Belarus, Russia

Possible Introduction of Russian Peacekeeping Forces Into Karabakh Opposed by Armenia

August 31, 2015

A resolution of the “frozen conflict” between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Karabakh region—though internationally recognized as legally part of Azerbaijan—continues to slowly move forward. The question is what form it will take, and what outside powers will be most influential in promoting it. The Armenian press has recently been speculating about the outcome of the July 13 visit to...

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

Political Tensions Rise in Dagestan as Municipal Elections Approach

August 31, 2015

Dagestan remains one of the few Russian regions in which local political life still exists despite all of Moscow’s efforts to eliminate it. Tensions are running high in the republic as 23 parties gear up for municipal elections in September. As the largest and most ethnically diverse republic of the North Caucasus, Dagestan has 52 administrative units, including 42 rural districts and 10 cities....

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

Putin’s Pivot to China: Profit-Free, but Problem-Rich

August 31, 2015

China will host a huge military parade in Beijing on September 3, and President Vladimir Putin will be in attendance—returning President Xi Jinping’s earlier gesture of Sino-Russian partnership, which the Chinese head of state expressed as the top guest of honor at the parade in Moscow on May 9. Yet, this past year’s pompous Red Square celebrations of the Soviet victory in World War II only...

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Russia Threatens Georgia With Renewed Trade War

August 14, 2015

The Russian government regularly uses its agency for consumer protection, Rospotrebnadzor, for trade discrimination and blocking imports from countries whose policies Moscow does not like (see EDM, March 28, 2006; October 11, 2013; October 16, 2013). On August 4, 2015, Rospotrebnadzor issued a warning to Georgia about the “low quality” of Georgian wines being exported to Russia. “Georgian...

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

After Loss of Three Senior Commanders, Is the Caucasus Emirate on the Ropes?

August 14, 2015

The forces trying to prolong the life of the Caucasus Emirate (CE) have suffered a major setback. This third blow in nearly six months may put an end to this organization in the North Caucasus.

At the end of 2014, a wave of changes swept the militants of the North Caucasus, as the well-known commanders of the Caucasus Emirate left the organization and pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic...

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

Shyrokyne ‘Demilitarized Zone’: Russia’s New Idea of Conflict-Management in Ukraine’s East

August 14, 2015

Russia proposes to turn the Ukrainian stronghold Shyrokyne, key to defending the strategic Azov sea port city of Mariupol (Mariupil), into a “demilitarized zone” under joint or shared control by Ukraine, Russia and the “Donetsk people’s republic” (“DPR”), under the indispensable aegis of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) (see accompanying article).

The Contact Group...

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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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Shyrokyne ‘Demilitarized Zone’: Russia’s New Idea of Conflict-Management in Ukraine’s East

August 14, 2015 04:08 PM

Russia proposes to turn the Ukrainian stronghold Shyrokyne, key to defending the strategic Azov sea port city of Mariupol (Mariupil), into a “demilitarized zone” under joint or shared control by...


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