Tag: Russia

Martha Brill Olcott: After Crimea — Will Kazakhstan Be Next

Martha Brill Olcott: After Crimea — Will Kazakhstan Be Next

[ 0 ] March 6, 2014 |

by MARTHA BRILL OLCOTT for LA VANGUARDIA/CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE  on MARCH 5, 2014:   *original title: After Crimea: Will Kazakhstan be Next in Putin’s Reintegration If unchecked, Russia’s seizure of key objects in Crimea will be the first step in changing the map of Eurasia. Vladimir Putin’s assertion of a need to use […]

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Oxana Shevel: Who are the Crimean Tatars, and Why are They Important?

[ 0 ] March 3, 2014 |

by OXANA SHEVEL for THE MONKEY CAGE on MARCH 1, 2014:  All eyes are on Crimea, in Ukraine, where unidentified armed men have taken over local government buildings in the regional capital, Simferopol, hoisting Russian flags on the roofs and the Russian military has taken blocked two airports and the Ukrainian coast guard’s base, as well […]

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The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East: Will Syria & Iran be the Winners? (Juan Cole)

The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East: Will Syria & Iran be the Winners? (Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] March 3, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 3, 2014:  The Russian intervention in the Crimea is more direct and dramatic than the one in Syria, with actual troops deployed. But there are similarities. One of the little-noted rationales for Russian support for the Baath government in Damascus is that it is seen as more […]

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Ukraine’s Muslims: Where Do They Stand on the Crisis?

[ 0 ] February 26, 2014 |

by PAUL CROMPTON for AL ARABIYA NEWS on FEBRUARY 26, 2014:  For Ukraine’s Muslims, the ongoing political crisis should not directly affect their 500,000 member community, according to the country’s grand mufti. However, according to observers, a Russia-leaning swing in politics could be “totally suicidal” for Ukrainian Muslims. The crisis in Ukraine, which reflects the […]

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Russia’s Influence in Syria: The Million Ruble Question (Aron Lund)

Russia’s Influence in Syria: The Million Ruble Question (Aron Lund)

[ 0 ] February 10, 2014 |

by ARON LUND for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on FEBRUARY 7, 2014:  When the governments of the United States and Russia began planning for the Geneva II conference on peace in Syria, a simple division of labor was drawn up. The United States would be responsible for bringing the opposition to the table and making it sign […]

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Joshua Landis: Why Syria’s Assad Enters Geneva Talks in a Position of Strength

Joshua Landis: Why Syria’s Assad Enters Geneva Talks in a Position of Strength

[ 0 ] January 23, 2014 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS for AL JAZEERA AMERICA on JANUARY 23, 2014:  His army is stronger, his allies are more committed and regime’s capacity for brutality has kept it in charge. As representatives of Syria’s Assad regime and some of its opponents sit down Wednesday for their first direct negotiations since the Syrian rebellion began nearly three years […]

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Pew: The 9 countries Most Likely to Disapprove of Marital Infidelity All Muslim-Majority

[ 0 ] January 15, 2014 |

“Across the countries polled, a median of 79% consider infidelity unacceptable, including an overwhelming 84% of Americans. This belief is especially widespread in predominantly Muslim nations – nine-in-ten or more hold this view in the Palestinian territories, Turkey, Indonesia, Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Tunisia.” by RICHARD WIKE for PEW RESEARCH CENTER on JANUARY […]

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Thomas DeWaal: Stormy Weather in the Caucasus

[ 0 ] January 13, 2014 |

by THOMAS DEWAAL for CARNEGIE MOSCOW CENTER on JANUARY 8, 2014: To paraphrase Tolstoy, “All democracies are alike, all non-democratic regimes are unhappy in their own way.” This is what we should bear in mind, looking ahead into 2014 in the Eurasia region. This year will be remarkably election-free, with no significant polls in Armenia, Azerbaijan, […]

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Syrian Schools to Start Offering Russian Next Year

[ 0 ] January 7, 2014 |

by MIDDLE EAST MONITOR on JANUARY 6, 2014:  The Syrian Ministry of Education has decided to teach Russian as a second foreign language starting from next year. After learning English as a first foreign language in primary school, students will be able to choose between learning Russian and French as a second foreign language from the […]

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Pew Research Center: Which Countries Americans Like … and Don’t

[ 0 ] January 3, 2014 |

by BRUCE STOKES for PEW RESEARCH CENTER on DECEMBER 30, 2013:  The trend among the U.S. public increasingly has been to turn away from international issues and focus on the home front. But while Americans have long been accused of lacking interest in the rest of the world, they have never lacked strong opinions about other countries. […]

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