Sunday, June 26, 2016



Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (right) meets with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Damascus on June 18.

Russia's Unhelpful Game In Syria

It appears Russia is continuing to focus exclusively on preserving the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, even if that means drawing out the conflict, or even allowing terrorism to flourish. More

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Let the campaign begin! (cartoon by Sergei Elkin)

Podcast: Russia's Legitimization Ritual

Russian parliamentary elections are legitimization rituals and tend to be watershed moments in Russia. And one is coming up in just a few months. More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Daghestan leader Ramazan Abdulatipov has reportedly construed the NPK's announcement plans as directed against him personally.

Members Of Daghestan's Muslim Clergy Plan To Run For Parliament

A group with ties to the Muslim Spiritual Board of Daghestan has set up a chapter of the all-Russia extraparliamentary party The People Against Corruption in the hope of tapping into a vein of discontent and winning representation in both the Russian State Duma and the Daghestan's new parliament to be elected in September. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov ordered unprecedented snap military exercises at the end of March.

Neutral Turkmenistan Chooses A Side In Afghan Conflict

Turkmenistan's official policy of "positive neutrality" appears to have been slightly punctured, and the source of this perforation is Afghanistan. More

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Turkey Notebook

Police and rescue services work at the site of a deadly bomb attack in Istanbul's Vezneciler neighborhood that killed a dozen people.

The Smell Of Vezneciler

A deadly suicide attack in an Istanbul neighborhood has highlighted the increasingly fraught nature of Turkey's relations with its Kurdish minority. More