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Russia’s Security Dilemma: To Fight the Islamic State in Syria or Not?

Armed incidents, the number of victims of violence, and the death toll connected with extremism have risen in Russia’s troubled republic of Chechnya in 2016 compared to 2015. And 2017 started with a large counterterrorism operation by the Chechen Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Guard of the Russian Federation against an underground group accused of plotting terror attacks.

Russia’s Оther Pipeline: Migration and Radicalization in the North Caucasus

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Russian Interior Ministry members stand guard as Muslims attend an Eid al-Adha mass prayer in Moscow October 4, 2014. (Reuters)


Putting the South Caucasus in Perspective

Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia have been independent states for more than 23 years. Although geographically contiguous, they differ in language, religion, and political and security orientation. How is each country faring in state-building, developing democracy, and improving economic performance? What are their relationships with Russia and the West, and with each other? How does their historical experience influence current developments, and what are their long term prospects?

The Impact of Ukraine in the Neighborhood

Russia's annexation of Crimea and support of separatists in eastern Ukraine is having ripple effects throughout Eurasia.  But what has been the impact in the immediate neighborhood, the South Caucasus, Moldova, and Belarus as well as Ukraine itself? This distinguished panel will examine recent developments and prospects in each focusing first on the situation on the ground in Ukraine, the performance of the Poroshenko government, and the latest Russian moves. Georgia and Moldova, as well as Ukraine have now signed their partnership agreements with the EU; how has Russia reacted?

EU Progress Report on Eastern Partnership States

Mapping the development of the Eastern Partnership initiative, the European Commission released a progress report on the six Eastern Partnership States: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The report outlines accomplishments achieved so far and indicates critical policy areas where more attention is needed. It also serves as a reference for the EU’s approach towards the Eastern Partnership and, more specifically, the allocation of funding in the next seven years.

Sochi: Olympic Flame in the Caucasus

The Sochi Winter Olympics are set to open in less than a month, and anticipation is building. Two recent terror attacks in the Russian city of Volgograd underscore concerns about security, but the event will raise other important questions as well.

What do the Games say about Russia’s prospects for stability and growth, or about the broader Caucasus region? Will Russia’s turbulent domestic politics steal center stage or remain a sideshow?

Prominent experts on Russia and the region will address these questions in this Ground Truth Briefing.

“Russia is like the Stepmother, not the Mother:” Alisa Oblezova Reflects on Russian Migration Policy Today

Interview with former Fulbright Scholar Alisa Oblezova, Senior Lecturer, Labor Law and Social Security Department, Perm State University.