Caucasus - Central Asia

Russia's Neighbors Are Silent on Syria

The Moscow Times, By Arkady Dubnov
A month after Russia began its intervention in Syria, other post-Soviet leaders are conspicuous mainly by their silence on the military operation there.

Experts say US plans to boost influence in Central Asia to spite Russia, China

US Secretary of State John Kerry

By Tamara ZAMYATINA

MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. Having lost the initiative in the fight against Islamic State (IS) terrorists in the Middle East, Washington is becoming more ACTIVE in Central Asia, the crossroads of Russian and Chinese interests, experts told TASS on Friday.

The Taliban's days are almost over

Afghan Taliban militants gather around parts of a US F-16 aircraft that was struck over in  the Sayid Karam district of Paktia province [AFP]

Haroun Mir
The Taliban's stride in Kunduz City on September 29, which coincided with the anniversary of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani's inauguration, is considered an important setback for the National Unity Government. It has defied the official narrative that the insurgents will never be able to take over a sizable urban centre.

Assertive Russia Weighs Afghan Perils, Past And Present

Moscow is sure to eye any increased role in Afghan affairs warily. The Soviet Union's calamitous 1979-89 military venture killed or displaced millions of Afghans and sapped precious resources in the Soviet Union's dying decade.

Moscow is sure to eye any increased role in Afghan affairs warily. The Soviet Union's calamitous 1979-89 military venture killed or displaced millions of Afghans and sapped precious resources in the Soviet Union's dying decade.

The Rise of Nontraditional Islam in the Urals


By Alexey Malashenko and Alexey Starostin for Carnegie Moscow Center
This article was originally published by the Carnegie Moscow Center on 30 September 2015.

What steps should political and religious leaders take to blunt the growth of radical Islam in Russia’s Ural Federal District? Alexey Malashenko and Alexey Starostin’s recommendations include instituting youth education programs and proactively regulating the growing number of migrants in the region.

Putin’s Chechen Nightmare in Syria


Bottom Line Up Front:
• On October 16, Putin revealed that there were 5,000-7,000 fighters from the former Soviet republics fighting in Syria; the potential for their return to destabilize Russia’s border regions is a serious concern for Moscow

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