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Tracking Islamic State
Follow all of the latest developments as they happen.
How Russia Is Ruled
On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we discuss the book The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators And The New Online Revolutionaries with one of its co-authors, Andrei Soldatov.
Regional Smoke Detector
The crisis in Russian-Turkish relations that followed the downing by the Turkish Air Force of a Russian warplane two months ago has created an unforeseen and potentially disastrous situation for hundreds of Circassians from Turkey who over the past decade have settled in the North Caucasus and opened small businesses there.
Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev grabbed global headlines this week with his interview in the German newspaper Handelsblatt in which he was quoted as warning that the Syria conflict could lead to a “new world war.”
In the face of a social media backlash, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is defending his decision to demolish dozens of kiosks overnight on February 9.
The mother of a Kazakh lawyer jailed for hitting a judge with a fly swatter says her son has been on hunger strike since January 13.
Blogging Central Asia
Winter had led to a lull in fighting in northern Afghanistan. But in recent weeks a renewal of hostilities has seen power lines coming from Central Asia cut and some amazing allegations from Afghan officials about militants in the north and their ability to sustain their efforts.
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
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.
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