Joshua Tucker 19 Apr 2013
(The Monkey Cage) I have been debating whether to write this post for the last few hours since rumors regarding the identity of the Boston marathon bombers and their Chechen origin began to spread.  On the one hand, I still think it is completely possible that the motivations of the bombers will turn out to be similar to those in Columbine, Denver, and Newtown. If this is the case, then the non-stop attention to their Chechen background will...
Sean Roberts 18 Apr 2013
Recently, I wrote a PONARS Eurasia policy memo about what I termed an “unlikely succession struggle” in Kazakhstan. In this paper, I noted that, despite the popularity of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the fact that he recently won another term as president, Kazakhstan’s public has become obsessed with the prospect of presidential succession in the country. This obsession is fueled by the natural limits of 73-year old Nazarbayev’s mortality...
Arkady Moshes 17 Apr 2013
Since Vladimir Putin’s return as Russian president, Ukraine has been a target of Moscow’s attempts to have it accede to the Eurasian Customs Union. The Ukrainian opposition and national-minded analysts have expressed concerns that President Viktor Yanukovych may cede to the pressure, whether to seek economic relief for the country or to obtain Moscow’s political support, which he could exploit for his re-election bid in 2015. This, however, is...
Sergey Markedonov 17 Apr 2013
The problem of military service for North Caucasian recruits in the Russian army has been discussed for some time already. General-colonel Vasilii Smirnov, the Russian General Staff Deputy Chief, said that the military draft of young men from the North Caucasus will increase. One-hundred-fifty Chechens had been drafted into the 249th special motorized battalion in July 2012. That regiment is stationed permanently in Chechnya. Back then, that...
Dmitry Gorenburg 16 Apr 2013
I just wanted to note that my report on the Southern Kuril Islands has been published as part of CNA's Long Littoral Project. It's the last of five reports exploring security issues in the Indo-Pacific Basin. Here's a description of the entire project from the CNA website: CNA is concluding a yearlong study which explores the greater Asian littoral that runs from the Sea of Japan in the east to the Arabian Sea in the west. The Long Littoral...
(EastWest Institute Report) The report critically reexamines the general driving forces behind the opium economy in Afghanistan, including the links between drugs, the socio-economic environment, corruption, militancy, and governance failure; and the main patterns of transnational trafficking of Afghan opiates and related money laundering. It also explores Russian and U.S. respective interests, concerns, strategies, and capacities and shows...
Shairbek Juraev 16 Apr 2013
This month Kyrgyzstan celebrates the third anniversary of the overthrow of country’s second president, Kurmanbek Bakiev, which led to major changes in the country’s structure of governance. Three years on, a more inclusive political power sharing system appears to remain the key tentative achievement of the “April Revolution.” One can indeed observe a drastic difference in the way political governance is set up. In direct contrast to pre-2010,...
Sufian Zhemukhov 12 Apr 2013
Since the 2008 war with Georgia, Russia has regularly held military maneuvers on the Black Sea. This March, about 30 ships, 7,000 personnel, and more than 20 airplanes and helicopters participated in the “snap” drills of the Russian army on the Black Sea. Vladimir Putin issued the order for the maneuvers from his presidential airplane on his return to Sochi after his visit to the Republic of South Africa. In spite of the large-scale maneuvers...

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