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Tracking Islamic State
In comments that are sure to exacerbate ever-growing fears of militancy in Central Asia, Russia's deputy defense minister has warned that militants from the Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan pose a threat to Tajikistan. More
How Russia Is Ruled
The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. More
Regional Smoke Detector
In many respects, Karachayevo-Cherkessia is the poster child among the republics of the North Caucasus. But one trend that mars this picture is the apparent lack of professionalism and objectivity of the republic's courts. More
The Russian Investigative Committee says it has a "sincere" witness who claims a Ukrainian jet took down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. But other emerging evidence further supports the widely accepted theory that the plane was shot down by a Buk missile fired from separatist-held territory. More
Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
Dozens of men clad in burqas have held a demonstration in Kabul in support of women's rights. More
A court in Dushanbe has sent a Tajik man to 17 and a half years in jail for insulting the president, calling for extremist actions and being a member of the banned opposition movement Group 24. More
Blogging Central Asia
Last week's defeat for the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) and the unofficial end of a two-decade-old power-sharing deal raise questions about the future of Islam in politics not only in Tajikistan but in all of Central Asia. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
Ali Yunesi, a senior adviser to Iran's President Hassan Rohani and a former intelligence minister, has admitted that "many cases" of human rights violations are taking place in Iran's courts and prisons, blaming them on extremists. More
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