PONARS Eurasia 04-24-2015
(CNBC) Fear is running amok yet again that the cash-strapped Greek government will default on its loans to its European partners and the International Monetary Fund. While its fate is still unknown, one thing has become clear this week: Greeks are scrambling to find assistance from wherever they can find it-its own government's coffers, and even with overtures to Washington and Moscow. A signal of how dire the situation is: The far-left government passed...
PONARS Eurasia 04-24-2015
(CSM) MOSCOW — Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman placed in control of Chechnya to maintain Moscow's rule after two bloody conflicts to quell separatism, has thrown down a gauntlet – and in doing so, hinted Russia may have really lost those wars after all. In televised comments to Chechen law enforcement officers, Mr. Kadyrov said that any federal officers who appear on Chechen territory without permission should be shot. "I am officially stating, if any [...
Marlene Laruelle 04-22-2015
(EUCAM) President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan has been re-elected after scoring 90 per cent of votes at the Uzbek general elections held on 29 March 2015. According to official estimates, there was a 91 per cent turn-out. It was a carefully orchestrated, ‘no-surprises’ election. The other candidates were unknown to the public and their campaigns tended to praise President Karimov’s achievements. Already in 2007, the constitution was amended to allow the...
Dmitry Gorenburg 04-21-2015
Last week, I was once again in attendance at the Russian MOD's Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS). As I did last year, over the next couple of weeks I'll write up some of the key speeches and then conclude with some takeaway thoughts on the event. The Russian speakers at the plenary session included Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov. Security Council Secretary ...
Pavel K. Baev 04-20-2015
(EDM) “Boring” is perhaps the prevalent impression of President Vladimir Putin’s televised four-hour-long Q & A session that aired last Thursday (April 16), which was meant to demonstrate his good health and relaxed attitude to the great many problems worrying his loyal subjects. The three key points he stressed were that everything is under control, the economy is set to improve from the low point of the crisis, and there will be no war (Slon.ru,...
Mikhail Troitskiy 04-20-2015
(PIN Points) In the contemporary world of growing complexity where major social, political, and economic shifts are determined by unexpected, cascade, and even catastrophic developments, facilitation of coordination among actors become vital. When decisions on cooperation or conflict de-escalation have to be taken under severe time pressure, the importance of conspicuous solutions is difficult to overestimate. Such solutions are often called “focal points...
Andrew Kuchins 04-15-2015
(CSIS) (Co-authored with Aitolkyn Kourmanova) The Obama administration recently completed a review of its policy towards Central Asia and has rolled out the main pillars of the United States’ “Enduring Vision for Central Asia” in a series of recent speeches by top officials. Richard E. Hoagland, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of South and Central...
PONARS Eurasia 04-14-2015
(BBC) The weed-filled belt of abandoned industrial plants in south-east Moscow looks like a war zone. In fact, this is indeed where Moscow film-makers come when they need to film a fire fight - it is the perfect backdrop: huge derelict factories with collapsing walls, gaping holes instead of windows and rusty corrugated fencing to keep the drunks out. In among the ruins there are a few small warehouses and offices. From one of them, workmen in overalls...

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