Tag Archives: Russia

A Chechen fighter runs past a burnt Russian armoured personnel vehicle (BMP-2) during the battle for Grozny during the first Chechen war in 1995. Photo courtesy of Mikhail Evstafiev.

From Nationalism to Islamism: Separatism in Post-Soviet Chechnya (Part Two)

This is Part Two of a three-part series on the evolution of separatism in Chechnya in the post-Soviet era. You can find Part One here. Thank you for reading. Eric Jones Foreign Intrigue   The First Chechen War (1994-1996): Nationalism Erupts into War for Independence The first war between Chechnya and the Russian Federation was […]

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Geopolitcs of South Russia, according with the CIA facts books, (without arrows and red star) courtesy of Spiridon Ion Cepleanu and Wikimedia Commons.

Russia and Frozen Conflicts: Security and Strategy (Part Three)

Below is Part Three of this series on Russian security strategy in support of separatists in the conflict zones of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. In Part One, I introduced the overarching purpose of the series, an explanatory analysis of Russian support for separatism in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.  In Part Two, I examined the first of two […]

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Featured photo courtesy of NASA (2002).

Russia and Frozen Conflicts: Security and Strategy (Part Two)

In Part One of this three-part series, I introduced the issue of Russian support for separatism in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus as a strategy to combat perceived encirclement by Western-dominated European organizations, notably the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In Part Two, I examine one of two variables that will demonstrates […]

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Topographical map of Russia and Europe courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Russia and Frozen Conflicts: Security and Strategy (Part One)

Foreign Intrigue presents a three-part series on Russian support for separatism in the so-called ‘frozen conflicts’ of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. In this series, I will explain why the Russian strategy of support for separatist groups in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus serves Russian strategic security interests. This is not an argument piece, nor is […]

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Afghanistan and Central Asia: A Collective Security Problem (Part Two)

In Part One of this three-part series on Afghanistan’s growing security problems and the threat to Central Asia, I introduced the threat that an unstable or failed Afghan state poses to the five states of the region: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. In Part Two (below), I outline the individual threats facing each Central Asian […]

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Afghan National Army Special Forces (ANASF) members with the 6th Special Operations Kandak practice clearing a room during a training exercise in Kabul, Kabul province, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2013. The ANASF practiced squad battle drills, which trained them on clearing procedures.

Afghanistan and Central Asia: A Collective Security Problem (Part One)

In recent weeks, insurgent gains in Northern Afghanistan have led to a renewed sense of urgency about Afghanistan’s future for the governments of the United States, Afghanistan, and the states of Central Asia. Border incursions and exchanges of fire between Afghanistan-based militants and the security forces of Turkmenistan, the escalation of drug trafficking from Badakhshan Province […]

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Photo courtesy of Gusjer and Wikimedia Commons.

Uzbekistan: Human Rights Abuses, Line of Succession, and Central Asian Geopolitics (Part Two)

On February 24th, Part Two of my series on Uzbekistan was published at SOFREP. In Part One, I examined the changing security dynamic of Central Asia generally, the changing United States policy towards Uzbekistan, and the recent military modernization efforts of the former Soviet republic. In Part Two (below), I address issues related to the […]

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North Caucasus and Russia: Part I

The North Caucasus is garnering headlines around the world in the wake of multiple suicide attacks this past weekend in the southern Russian city of Volgograd. Following our recent four-part series “Resurgent Russia” (Parts I, II, III, and IV), we will now provide our previously planned study of the North Caucasus, its conflicts, and Russian […]

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