Wednesday, July 08, 2015



Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in a screen grab from a 2007 video

Afghan Militant Leader Backs Islamic State

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the Afghan Islamist organization Hezb-e Islami, has called on his followers to support the militant group Islamic State (IS) in the fight against the Taliban. More

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Video The Daily Vertical: Baltic Head Games

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

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Georgian Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri

Georgia Moves To Reform Security Services

The Georgian Dream coalition pledged in the run-up to the 2012 elections to split up the country’s powerful Interior Ministry, abolishing some departments and separating the security and intelligence bodies. More

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Ukraine Unspun

New Competing Claims On Downing Of MH17

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

Watchdog

Abuses Uncovered

Russia: Ukraine Expulsion 'Unacceptable'

The Kremlin has denounced as "completely unacceptable" the actions of Ukrainian authorities toward a reporter with Russia’s Channel One television. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

A debut presentation of the new Russian news agency Sputnik in Moscow on November 10, 2014

Russian Soft Power In Central Asia

The Kremlin surprised many with the media machine it unleashed on the world after pro-Moscow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in 2014. How is it working in Central Asia? More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is well known for his devotion to the Hidden Imam. (file photo)

Iranian Ex-President Says U.S. Seeks Arrest Of Hidden Imam

Former Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is making headlines again with his claims that U.S. authorities are investigating a figure who according to Shi'a Islam will return to impose justice on earth after 10 centuries in hiding. More

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