Category Russia

CES Explainer: Kyrgyzstan’s Manas air base – why it’s closing and what it means

For the past 12 years, the Manas Transit Center was the main route for US troops and supplies into Afghanistan. It was somewhat dramatically called the “Gateway to Afghanistan on the Freedom Frontier”. The base is located near the main civilian airport in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, approximately 30 minutes outside of its capital city, Bishkek. On […]

Euromaidan’s Impacts on Central Asian Economies

Russia’s swift seizure of Crimea shocked the international community.  Undoubtedly, the events reverberated louder still in the Former Soviet nations of Central Asia.  Like Ukraine, many sit on Russian doorstep and rely heavily on their big brother to the north for trade, host sizeable ethnically Russian populations and share a history of Soviet leadership.  The […]

Euromaidan protests : How are Central Asia and the Caucasus reacting?

For those who only casually followed events in Ukraine, the trajectory of pro-European protests to full-scale revolution, to the ousting of the President, and now Russian incursions into Crimea are confusing, scary and giving people flashbacks  of a time not so long ago, as the US breaks military ties with Russia and contemplates sanctions. This […]

It’s Not Just LGBT That The Sochi Games Are Hurting – Here’s Seven Other Reasons Putin’s Games are Shameful

  The Sochi Games have already brought a lot of attention to shameless corruption and gross violations of human rights in Russia, all the while revealing the deterioration of state institutions. Thus, as a political prestige-boosting enterprise, the 2014 Winter Olympics are already a failure.                                     – Pavel K. Baev, for the Jamestown […]

10 Reasons the US Foreign Policy Community Can’t Afford to Ignore Eurasia

2014 is bound to be a year of pundits asking, ad nauseam, ‘What’s next for Afghanistan?” It’s an important question, especially with Iraq currently providing a harrowing harbinger of what can go wrong after a drawdown of US forces.  However, in the din surrounding the pull-out from Afghanistan, questions about strategy for the larger Central […]

Back in the USSR: The Rise and Demise of the Eurasian Union by Casey Michel

A CES Analysis Guest Post by Casey Michel Our thanks to Casey for contributing this great article (PDF), which tracks the rise and fall of Putin’s much-vaunted Eurasian Union – before it even really began. The founding members of the forth-coming Eurasian Union will include Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, but the union looks set to come […]

Chechnya and Dagestan are Not the Same Thing: A Brief Look at Conflict in the Caucasus

The Boston Bomber suspects may be Chechen and lived at one time in Dagestan. These are not the same places. We don’t know anything else about the suspects, and they have/had lived in America for a very long time as well. But since Chechnya and Dagestan are all over the news now, here’s the very […]