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Unintended Consequences - Putin's Eurasian Economic Union could inflame nationalism at home

Inclusive rhetoric calling for the creation of a Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) between Russia and its neighbours stands in stark contrast to rising xenophobia within Russia, intensified by increased migration from potential EEU member states.

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    Ben Barry: Degrading ISIS – a military assessment of President Obama’s strategy

    11 September 2014.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare Since President Obama’s 19 June statement that ‘we will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action, if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it’, the advance of ISIS columns in Iraq has been halted. Deployment of the best part of a thousand US personnel, including many special operations forces, and the focussing of US intelligence and...

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    Matthew Cottee: Next generation arms control challenges

    10 September 2014.   By Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In a packed day and a half, the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference addressed the entire range of current proliferation challenges in Brussels last week. A ‘Next Generation’ event that took place on the periphery of the main conference did that agenda one better, also exploring future challenges far beyond the realm of nuclear dangers. The workshop, which brought together young scholars and...

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    Alexander Nicoll: NATO summit will stiffen Western resolve

    03 September 2014.  By Alexander Nicoll, Senior Fellow for Geo-economics and Defence The NATO summit in Wales this week was originally expected to be dull. The Alliance would look at ways to keep itself relevant after ending a 13-year combat presence in Afghanistan. But as it turns out, the gathering comes at a key moment, and leaders will take significant steps to strengthen the West’s ability to deal with the challenges that have erupted in...

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    Hannah Alberts: Putin’s Eurasian Union could inflame nationalism at home

    02 September 2014.  By Hannah Alberts, Intern, Russia & Eurasia Programme Since Vladimir Putin announced his intention to work toward integrating the economies of the former Soviet states in a Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in 2011, Russia’s foreign policy goals have been increasingly in conflict with its domestic political realities. Inclusive rhetoric calling for the creation of economic and political associations between Russia and its neighbours stands in stark contrast to rising xenophobia within...

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    John Drennan: For the First Time, Yerevan Rebukes Moscow

    26 August 2014.  By John Drennan, Research Assistant and Programme Officer, Russia and Eurasia Programme On 10 July, the Armenian leadership publicly rebuked its ally and patron, Russia, regarding its engagement on regional security for the first time. President Serzh Sargsyan criticised the Russian government for its decision to move forward with a $1 billion arms delivery to Baku, saying: ‘This is a very painful issue for us. Our people are extremely concerned that our...

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    Nigel Inkster: ISIS - Shock and Awe

    22 August 2014.  By Nigel Inkster, Director, Transnational Threats and Political Risk  The progression of Islamic State militants through the Sunni heartlands of Iraq this year has been accompanied by shocking levels of brutality. The group – which began as al-Qaeda in Iraq before rebranding itself as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) – has made a show of beheading or crucifying hundreds of opponents. Minority groups like Christians and the Yazidi have...

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    Kiran Hassan: Pakistan cannot afford further domestic discord

    20 August 2014.  By Kiran Hassan, Research Assistant, South Asia Thousands of protesters peacefully marched towards the red zone in Islamabad on 19 August 2014, paralysing Pakistan’s capital city. Using a crane and bolt cutters to force their way past barricades of shipping containers, they camped in front of the parliament and are refusing to budge unless their demand is met. Their call is simple – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should resign. Sharif formed a...

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    Strategic snapshots: The Ukraine Crisis and the International System

    20 August 2014.  Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, will sit down on August 26 to discuss ways of containing unrest in Ukraine. In this GSR preview, Dr Samuel Charap addresses the motives and constraints of the players involved, whether an endgame or workable modus vivendi is in sight, and how the Ukrainian crisis will affect the long-term coherence of the international system and the rules by which it...

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    Karl Eikenberry: Sino-American conflict is not inevitable

    08 August 2014.  China’s recent economic rise has generated widespread predictions of an inevitable conflict with the United States. But, IISS Council Member Lieutenant-General Karl Eikenberry argues in a recent article for American Review  that while there’s a long history of conflict between established and emerging powers, China and the United Sates are not necessarily fated to repeat the pattern today. Acknowledging the numerous points of tension between the two countries, Eikenberry suggests...

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    Strategic Snapshots: US Power Projection: Measured or Enfeebled?

    05 August 2014.  Is a US abdication of global leadership and military power, perceived or otherwise, exacerbating conflicts such as those in Syria and Ukraine? Dana Allin expands on his recent Survival article to argue that restraint in US foreign policy has good precedent, despite fears that Washington has ‘overlearned’ the costs of military adventurism.

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