Friday, February 12, 2016



Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

A man drives his motorbike past damaged buildings in Harasta, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, February 10, 2016

Audio Slide Show Live Blog: Tracking Islamic State

LIVE Follow all of the latest developments as they happen. More

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Containing Russia means more than bolstering Europe's defenses.

Beyond Containment

NATO's moves to bolster Europe's defenses were a big step toward deterring Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. But meeting Moscow's broader challenge to the West will require more than a military approach. More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

A combo photo shows Ingushetia's leader, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov (left), and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov

Chechen Republic Head Sides With Embattled Ingush Mufti

Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov has elevated his long-standing feud with his Ingush counterpart, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, to a new level by overtly siding with Ingushetia's mufti, Issa-hadji Khamkhoyev, whose resignation Yevkurov called for in late December. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Tatian Pikulina is one of thousands of ethnic Russians who have taken steps to leave Kazakhstan.

A New Wave Of Ethnic Russians Leaving Kazakhstan

RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports that during the first nine months of 2015, some 19,000 Russians left Kazakhstan to take advantage of the Russian government's program to resettle ethnic Russians still living in other former Soviet republics. And currently, there are long lines outside the Russian Embassy in Astana and the waiting list for an appointment for resettlement is months long. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Iranian students reenact the arrest of U.S. sailors by Iran's Revolutionary Gaurds Corps during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran on February 11.

Capture Of U.S. Sailors Reenacted At Celebrations Of Iran’s 1979 Revolution

The capture of 10 U.S. sailors by Iranian forces last month was reenacted at rallies in Iran celebrating the anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. More

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