Thursday, July 30, 2015



Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik air base in the southern city of Adana.

Is Turkey's Real Target IS Or The Kurds?

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

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Video Churkin To Sweat In MH17 Spotlight

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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Ukraine Unspun

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Watchdog

Abuses Uncovered

WATCH: Activists Barred From Baku Courtroom As Ismayilova's Trial Begins

Video Ismayilova's Trial Begins In Baku

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

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Russian-built tanks roll under Tajik flags during Peace Mission 2012 joint counterterrorism military exercises of the troops from the six countries in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Khujand in June 2012.

Tajikistan: The Far Outpost Of Great Powers

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

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