Saturday, July 30, 2016



Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Eighty-four people were killed in Nice, France, in an attack claimed by Islamic State. "This is a new type of attack," says historian and Arabist Pieter Van Ostaeyen.

Islamic State, Nice, And The European Jihadism That Is Here To Stay

Brussels, Paris (twice), and now Nice: Four crippling jihadist attacks in just over 18 months. The extremist group Islamic State’s fastidious sadism has arrived in Europe, and it looks like our problems are only just beginning. More

Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Oleg Belaventsev, the newly appointed presidential representative to Russia's North Caucasus district, had previously served as Vladimir Putin's representative in the annexed Crimea Peninsula

Putin Names New Envoy for North Caucasus

In a move first rumored in April, Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Sergei Melikov, an Interior Ministry forces lieutenant-general who for the past two years has served as presidential representative to the North Caucasus Federal District, as a first deputy director of the recently-created National Guard. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

The fact that so many oil workers decided to hold a brief, two-hour strike on July 28, in defiance of rules against unsanctioned demonstrations and illegal strikes, is a disquieting development for the government.

Zhanaozen: It's More Than Just A Word

The name means more than just an oil town in western Kazakhstan. To people in Kazakhstan, especially government officials, Zhanaozen is synonymous with civil unrest, protest, and bloodshed. More

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Turkey Notebook

Turkish journalist Nazli Ilicak (center), a well-known commentator and former parliament deputy, is escorted by a police officer and relatives after being detained in Bodrum days after the failed coup in Turkey on July 15.

Turkey Still Traumatized Two Weeks After Failed Coup

As Turkey's government and public life are "cleansed" of his alleged supporters, the United States comes under increasing scrutiny for housing Fethullah Gulen. More