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Eighth Annual Terrorism Conference

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Al-Qaeda and Its Heirs

 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

8:30 A.M.–4:00 P.M.

The University Club of Washington, D.C.

Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor)

1135 Sixteenth Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C....


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Siege Mentality Dominates in Moscow

October 23, 2014 04:11 PM

Christophe de Margerie, 63, the CEO of French oil major Total, was killed as his executive jet crashed during takeoff on the runway of Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, at about midnight, on October 20. The jet hit an airport snowplow vehicle, flipped over and burst into flames, killing all on board: de Margerie and a crew of three. The snowplow driver, Vladimir Martinenko, 60, was uninjured and has been arrested. The Russian Investigative Committee (SKR) has accused the snowplow driver of being drunk and is threatening further arrests. The SKR spokesman Vladimir Markin announced: “It is obvious this...


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Moscow’s Attempt to Annex Abkhazia Serves as a Bitter Lesson to Russia’s Friends and Opponents

October 29, 2014

On October 13, the Kremlin unveiled the so called “Agreement on Alliance and Integration” between Russia and breakaway Abkhazia (see EDM, October 23). To summarize this long and verbose text, the new treaty envisages a gradual but ultimately complete merger of the separatist region’s defense, law enforcement, customs, border, economic and healthcare agencies with those of the Russian Federation’s...

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

Analyst from Tatarstan Asserts That the West Wants to Destabilize the Republic Using Islamists

October 29, 2014

The notoriously well-known analyst from Tatarstan, Rais Suleimanov, has attacked the West for alleged support of Islamists in the republic. In his controversial and contradictory report, Suleimanov accuses the West of supporting Tatar nationalism and Islamism, but in the process he exposes his apparent close ties to the Russian security services. In particular, the analyst recalls the details of...

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

Moscow’s Empty Promises on Far East Could Undermine Government Credibility

October 29, 2014

As more people die in eastern Ukraine in the fighting between government forces and Russia-backed rebels, Moscow seems determined to pursue its internal economic goals despite the damage already caused by the West’s sanctions. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, on October 19, that his country will not make unilateral concessions in exchange for the lifting of the sanctions. Meanwhile,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Economics, Europe, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia, Far East/Siberia

Russia’s Draft Military Doctrine: Clues, Drivers and Moscow’s Challenge to Washington

October 28, 2014

President Vladimir’s Putin’s decision, on September 2, to order adjustments to Russia’s 2010 Military Doctrine by the end of the year raised questions concerning the timing and its underlying intention (see EDM, September 9). Recent analysis in the Russian military press and statements by the political-military leadership provide clues about what changes may occur, the drivers behind the process,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Russia

Moscow Launches Second Effort to Marginalize Crimean Tatar Mejlis

October 28, 2014

Because the Crimean Tatars and their assembly, the Mejlis, have opposed the Russian Anschluss of their homeland since the beginning, Moscow and the Russian occupying authorities on the Ukrainian peninsula have attempted to break it by banning some of its leaders, harassing others, and raiding its premises (see EDM, September 23). But these efforts not only have not eliminated the Mejlis as the...

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

Germany Reconsiders Its Russia Policy in Light of Russia-Ukraine War

October 28, 2014

The German government’s response to Russia’s war against Ukraine—and by extension, Berlin’s assessment of Russia—is undergoing some reconsideration. Moscow has shaken Germany’s “trust” once more by flouting the armistice in Ukraine’s Donbas (eastern region encompassing the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk). The annexation of Crimea and the hybrid war against Ukraine had undermined that...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Chancellor Merkel Insists on Russian Observance of Armistice in Ukraine

October 28, 2014

The German government has come round to the view that Russia’s actions against Ukraine potentially threaten the “European peace order.” Policy debates in Germany reflect, belatedly and still tentatively, this assessment (see accompanying article).

Germany has not yet initiated a policy review in keeping with that broad conclusion. For now, Berlin focuses on Russia’s breaches of the armistice in...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Russia Pushes Kyrgyzstan to Adopt Draconian Legislation Ahead of Joining Customs Union

October 27, 2014

On October 15, Kyrgyzstani lawmakers in the Jogorku Kenesh (Kyrgyzstan’s parliament) voted on an “anti–gay propaganda” bill to criminalize and impose up to year-long prison sentences for distributing information about homosexuality or LGBT issues that is reflected in a positive light. The bill was overwhelmingly approved by 79 out of 86 members of parliament (MP) (Akipress, October 15). Human...

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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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The German government’s response to Russia’s war against Ukraine—and by extension, Berlin’s assessment of Russia—is undergoing some reconsideration. Moscow has shaken Germany’s “trust” once more by...


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