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Moscow Postpones Decisions on State Armaments Program 2025

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Jamestown: Moscow deliberately upped the ante in Donbas and filled the dog days of August with endless speculation that it might launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine (Interfax, August 15). The cycle of troop movements, placing units on alert, and…

Generational Change in Central Asia about More Than Just Leaders

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The death of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov at 78 has focused attention on the issue of generational change both past and present across post-Soviet Central Asia. Given the central role played by these five republics’ presidents in the aftermath of…

Baltic Geography Presents Moscow With Three Distinct Challenges

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Many in the West typically think about the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as a single undifferentiated whole. But in fact, they are quite different despite being small and located next to one another (Paul Goble, “The…

Is AQIM Preparing an In Amenas-Style Attack?

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In late May, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed it had attacked an Areva-operated uranium mine in Arlit, northern Niger (Alakhbar, May 24). AQIM attributed the alleged assault to its al-Nasser brigade and said the attack was carried out…

UAE-US trained Yemeni fighters deployed

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A group of Yemeni soldiers that has been trained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) along with US handlers, has landed on Socotra island in the Arabian Sea, Yemeni media reported on 2 May. The reports were supported by photographs…

EU’s Article 50: the rules for Brexit

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Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty that guides member states wishing to leave the EU is a vague map towards the exit door.British prime minister David Cameron warned on Monday (22 February) in the House of Commons that once he…

Orban calls EU refugee fines ‘punch in the stomach’

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Hungary PM Viktor Orban has called Friday the EU commission’s new plan to fine countries €250,000 per person for refusing to take refugees a “punch in the stomach”. He told state radio broadcaster the plan is a mistake and the…