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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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    Strategic Survey: Al-Qaeda still poses greater global security threat than ISIS

    19 September 2014.  While ISIS poses a serious threat to regional security, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Emile Hokayem says that al-Qaeda and its affiliates are likely ‘more potent in terms of global ambitions’. Acknowledging that early assessments of ISIS grossly underestimated its capability, he suggests that the group could yet be contained by political and military means.  

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    Strategic Survey: Forging a successful coalition against ISIS

    19 September 2014.  Can the US forge a successful coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria? At the Strategic Survey 2014 Launch, Toby Dodge, IISS Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East, identified three key issues: It is difficult to underestimate Gulf States’ distrust of the Obama Administration due to its perceived failure to enforce its ‘redline’ against the use of chemical  weapons after attack at Ghouta in 2014 A comprehensive solution...

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    Strategic Survey: 'Yes' or 'No', UK will remain a key player on the world stage

    18 September 2014.  Alexander Nicoll, Editor of Strategic Survey, discusses the possible repercussions of a ‘No’ vote victory in the Scottish referendum. Whatever the outcome of the vote, says Nicoll, there will be serious debate regarding how to proceed, and the constitutional model that will emerge out of those discussions is difficult to predict. However, the result is unlikely to change Britain’s standing as a significant player on the world stage. 

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    Strategic Survey: How committed is Nigeria to fight against Boko Haram?

    18 September 2014.  Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development, discusses the continuing silence over the fate of the 200 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria in April. Since the kidnappings, the conflict has developed to include mass killings, raiding and burning of villages, and human-rights abuses by the Nigerian military. This and the lack of progress regarding the Chibok girls, despite the promises made by the international community, begs...

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

    11 September 2014.  Alexander Nicoll, Editor of Strategic Survey, discusses the possible repercussions of a ‘No’ vote victory in the Scottish referendum. Whatever the outcome of the vote, says Nicoll, there will be serious debate regarding how to proceed, and the constitutional model that will emerge out of those discussions is difficult to predict. However, the result is unlikely to change Britain’s standing as a significant player on the world stage. ...

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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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