Anar Valiyev 18 Jul 2013
(Caucasus Analytical Digest) Overall, Azerbaijan has maintained its distance from Russian integration projects. While the newly forming Eurasian Union may have some economic and political benefits for the country, the costs in terms of sovereignty and the ability to maintain an independent energy policy outweigh such advantages.  For the entire period of its independence, Azerbaijan skeptically viewed all integration processes in the former...
Cory Welt 17 Jul 2013
(Issue Brief) The curious case of Edward Snowden’s stay in the Sheremetyevo airport transit zone in Russia has highlighted both the promise of U.S.-Russian security relations and their limitations. Whether the issue is extraditing Snowden, or tackling more significant concerns such as political transition in Syria or nuclear arms reductions, Russian cooperation would be of great benefit to the United States in matters of national and...
Mark Kramer 17 Jul 2013
The August 2008 Russia-Georgia war sparked great unease in the three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and in Poland about the willingness of the United States and other key members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to defend them against Russian military pressure or even a possible attack, unlikely though that might seem.  One of the consequences of this apprehension was an effort by NATO military planners in December...
Sergey Minasyan 17 Jul 2013
Since June, there has been a dramatic increase in media coverage on the situation around the Karabakh conflict. This has been caused primarily by information about the beginning of fulfillment of high-scale military agreements between Russia and Azerbaijan that have been under negotiation since 2011. The fact that Russia supplies modern military equipment to Azerbaijan, a military adversary of Armenia and a strategic ally of Russia, is a...
Sufian Zhemukhov 16 Jul 2013
Last month (June 13), the UN General Assembly adopted a Georgia-initiated resolution about the situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Similar to the previous five resolutions, this one acknowledges the territorial integrity of Georgia and the right of internally displaced persons to return to their homes. Every year more members of the UN vote in support of the resolution, which is a positive dynamic for the Georgian position. The number of...
Andrey Makarychev 16 Jul 2013
"Thirty new sport complexes, a sports village, two metro stations, a shuttle line, airport and railway terminals, high-speed tram, eleven transport junctions ... ... brown scars on the formerly green Kazanka river banks, thousands of killed dogs, artificially-created enthusiasm from an army of municipal employees during the torch relay, teachers and other educators as forced volunteers, thousands of evacuated cars unduly subjected to suspicion...
Dmitry Gorenburg 15 Jul 2013
Just a quick note today. My friend and colleague Ilya Kramnik plots out four alternative designs for the new Russian destroyer currently in the works. 1) 7500-9000 tons, ~160 meters long, gas turbine propulsion, top speed of >30 knots Equipped with 1x1x130mm gun, 2 CIWS complexes, 32 universal shipboard firing complexes (Kalibr/Oniks) and 64 Redut shipboard missiles, 2 Paket-NK anti-submarine torpedo systems, 2 helicopters 2) 9500-11500 tons...
Pavel Baev 15 Jul 2013
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) Last Friday night (July 12), United States President Barack Obama took a deep breath and called Russian President Vladimir Putin, perhaps assuming that talking is better than trading invectives via press secretaries. No solution for Syria was invented (and none had been expected), and Obama’s initiatives on nuclear arms control received the usual lukewarm response. But the message the White House really wanted to convey...

Pages

Links / Ссылки