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Updated - Sixth Annual China Defense and Security Conference

May 12, 2016 09:00 AM

The Jamestown Foundation is proud to announce that the Sixth Annual China Defense and Security Conference will be held at the University Club (1135 16th St NW)on May 12th. The conference will feature...

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Russia’s Economy Deteriorates as Putin Focuses on Squabbles Among Siloviki

July 25, 2016 04:17 PM

President Vladimir Putin is not taking a summer vacation. He has instead maintained a busy schedule of meetings with government officials and regional governors. But his grip on the steering wheel of Russia’s foreign and domestic policy is far from steady. The heavily censored Russian TV footage still portrays him as strong and confident, yet Putin’s public statements increasingly sound odd—like his point about a “certain positive and noticeable warming-up in interactions between state structures and civil society” (, July 21). In reality, few civil society organizations likely...

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A Revival of the Mongolian-Russian Friendship?

July 26, 2016

On the eve of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, for the 11th Annual Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit (July 15–16), an article appeared in the Russian media entitled, “ ‘An Old Friend is Worth Two New’: It’s time for Russia to turn towards… Mongolia” (, July 9). The piece examined the weakened state of Russian-Mongolian relations in the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Central Asia, Mongolia, Russia

Moscow Seeks to Put Ukraine’s Smallest Nationalities in Play Against Kyiv

July 26, 2016

The ethnic-Ukrainian share of Ukraine’s population is now greater than the ethnic-Russian share of the Russian Federation’s population—and significantly larger if one does not include Russian-occupied Crimea and Donbas in the Ukrainian estimation. Despite that, Moscow continues to try to play the ethnic card in Ukraine, not only with ethnic Russians in the east but with smaller ethnic communities...

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

From Syria With Love—Colonel-General Aleksandr Dvornikov Takes Over Russia’s Southern Military District

July 26, 2016

The operation in Syria is Russia’s first experience of expeditionary warfare—beyond what Moscow calls its “near abroad”—since Soviet forces left Afghanistan in 1989. The ongoing campaign in Syria, along with Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, have highlighted Russian military capabilities that were absent during the war with Georgia in 2008. These newly developed capabilities are the result of...

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Militarization of the Caspian Sea: A Zero-Sum Game?

July 25, 2016

On July 13, in the capital city of Astana, Kazakhstan hosted a meeting of the foreign ministers of the five Caspian littoral states. The officials gathered to discuss a draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea and other issues related to multilateral cooperation in the region (APA, July 13). Such negotiations have now gone on for nearly two decades, but have yet to produce a...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Azerbaijan , Central Asia, Kazakhstan , Turkmenistan, Middle East

Circassians Divided Over Turkish Coup Attempt and Its Aftermath

July 25, 2016

Many from Turkey’s North Caucasian diaspora supported President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the failed July 15 coup. At least some North Caucasians, however, have doubts about extending their support to the Turkish president. The Circassian activists are divided over how much Circassians should be involved in Turkey’s political struggle. People originally from Chechnya, Dagestan and...

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

Belarus: Change Is in the Offing

July 22, 2016

The evolving political dynamics of Belarus are causing an unprecedented shift in policy stances and viewpoints that were heretofore considered immovable. Thus, some of the opinions that used to be routinely associated with the West-friendly opposition are today often being embraced by the government itself. Such policy reversals include the upcoming parliamentary elections, major external events...

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

Non-Chechen Candidates from Moscow Plans to Run for Seats Representing the North Caucasus in Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

July 22, 2016

On September 18, 2016, Chechnya along with the rest of Russia will vote in the elections to the Russian State Duma. Chechens will also elect the governor of their republic, where the only plausible candidate is Ramzan Kadyrov. The three alternative candidates for Chechnya’s governor – Sultan Demilkhanov of the Just Russia party, Idris Usmanov of the Party of Businessmen, and Gairsolt Bataev –...

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

Missile Defense in Korea Further Roils US-Russian Relations

July 22, 2016

Europe is not the only theater of acute discord between Russia and the United States; nor is the alleged militarization of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) the only issue that angers Moscow in this context. Russian ire over US policy also focuses on, and perhaps even prioritizes, the advent of missile defenses in both Europe and Asia as a threat to Russian interests. In particular,...

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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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NATO Can Refloat Romania’s Black Sea Naval Initiative (Part Three)

July 22, 2016 06:36 PM

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It was a summit of modest expectations and modest results for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Warsaw on July 8–9. These results are of an...

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