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Tracking Islamic State
Plans by Turkey and the U.S. to create an "Islamic State-free zone" will serve Ankara's aims of stopping Kurdish militias from advancing in the area, analysts and Kurdish political leaders say. More
How Russia Is Ruled
The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. More
Regional Smoke Detector
For the past seven years, Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov has been perceived as exercising total control over his fiefdom, thanks to a handful of ruthlessly competent aides. More
Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
A group of French lawmakers has sparked commotion by touring the annexed Crimean peninsula. France and Ukraine are up in arms. More
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On the first day of her trial in Baku, Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova said President Ilham Aliyev "has arrested me because of personal hostility" and "to hinder my journalistic activity." More
Blogging Central Asia
The risk to Tajikistan of Afghan spillover is probably not great, but it is real. Fortunately, China, Russia, and the United States take this threat to Tajikistan very seriously, and their combined efforts arguably make Tajikistan the Central Asian state least likely to experience serious difficulties emanating from Afghanistan. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
Reports from Vienna this week suggest that already-tense talks over Iran's nuclear program and related sanctions have at times descended into undisguised acrimony. More
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