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Baltic Defense & Security After Ukraine: New Challenges, New Threats

April 30, 2015 09:00 AM

To commemorate 25 years of Baltic independence, The Jamestown Foundation is proud to announce that, on April 30, it will organize a conference entitled, “Baltic Defense & Security After Ukraine:...

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Moscow Displays New Military Hardware Amid Rising Tensions (Part Two)

May 5, 2015 05:13 PM

Russia’s triumphal display of apparent military strength during the annual Victory Day Parade is partly aimed at masking the dearth of foreign leaders attending the 70th anniversary celebration of the end of the Great Patriotic War, as well as showcasing some advances in weapons and equipment modernization. Pride of place is given to the long promised new generation T-14 main battle tank (Armata) and its chassis as the basis for modernized combat infantry and support vehicles (see Part One in EDM, April 28). However, given the economic downturn and the projected cost of the prototype T-14, it...

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Lukashenka’s Annual Address on the State of the Country

May 5, 2015

On April 29, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka delivered his annual address “to the people and the parliament.” By far the most frequently discussed excerpt from his remarks—however awkward and tangential it may have been to the actually significant topics of the 2-hour-and-40-minute speech—was Lukashenka’s digression devoted to the Jews. Addressing the head of Minsk Oblast administration, Semyon...

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Moscow Readying Neo-Cossacks of Belarus for Use Against Lukashenka

May 5, 2015

Moscow has had little or no success in mobilizing ethnic Russians as a whole in Belarus against the current government in Minsk: the local Russian community, in almost all cases, blends easily with the Belarusian majority. But there is one group within that community with which the Russian authorities appear to have had greater success—the small neo-Cossack groups in Belarus. And this effort...

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France to Refund Russia $1.2 billion for Non-Delivery of Mistral Helicopter Carriers

May 4, 2015

Russia’s March 17, 2014, annexation of Crimea plunged Russian-Western relations to their lowest level since the Cold War. Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) subsequently imposed sanctions on Russia over its actions toward Ukraine. Notably, a pair of Mistral-class helicopter assault ships being built under a 2010 French contract for the Russian navy were delayed for a year....

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, Europe, Western Europe, France, Russia

Chinese Investors Show Interest in the North Caucasus

May 4, 2015

China has found an unlikely ally in the North Caucasus—the region’s smallest republic, Ingushetia. The Ingushetian government has announced that a large Russian-Chinese forum will take place in the republic and contracts worth millions of dollars will be signed. The republic’s government has agreed to rent out 100 hectares of land to Chinese investors, who plan to invest about $400 million in...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Economics, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , China, Russia

Putin’s Political Pause Amid National Mobilization

May 4, 2015

As if trying to compensate for his recent “disappearance” in early March, President Vladimir Putin participated in a series of high-intensity meetings and public events last week. His domestic audiences included students and “heroes of labor”; instructions were issued to government ministers, members of the Security Council and even to the Russian Geographic Society. Indeed, the presidential...

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Tajik Government Hypes the Islamic State Threat, Uses it to Control Population

May 1, 2015

The government of Tajikistan has long sustained a shaky narrative purporting that Central Asia is in imminent danger of being overrun by militant forces. Long menaced by the specter of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), the government has more recently added a new group to the list: the Islamic State (IS). With numerous Tajikistani citizens now fighting in Syria and Iraq, officials have...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Terrorism, Domestic/Social, Central Asia, Tajikistan , Middle East, Syria, Iraq

Belarus’s ‘Geopolitical Maneuvering’: A Character Flaw or a Rational Foreign Policy?

May 1, 2015

Despite the limited applicability of a zero-sum game approach and the vital necessity for Belarus to maintain good relationships with both East and West, Belarus’s government continually stands accused of treacherous geopolitical maneuvering. Such accusations are particularly common for Russian media. Thus, Regnum, a news agency with a “patriotic” bent, observes that whereas “prior to 2014...

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Dagestani Militants Experience Series of Setbacks

May 1, 2015

After Ramzan Kadyrov’s statements authorizing Chechen police to shoot to kill police officers from outside Chechnya who appear there without notifying the republican authorities (see EDM, April 27), the governor of Dagestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov, came out in support of his colleague, saying that special operations should not be carried out without notifying the regional authorities. “Why should...

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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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Putin Outlines Current Policy Toward Ukraine (Part Two)

April 24, 2015 03:53 PM

Addressing Russia’s populace and, implicitly, Ukraine in his annual phone-in dialogue (see Part One in EDM, April 23), Russian President Vladimir Putin torpedoed the Minsk Two agreement beyond...

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