Chechnya

U.S. Military Engagement with Transcaucasia and Central Asia

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank The Clinton administration has proclaimed a strategy to engage and enlarge the democratic community of states. By virtue of their strategic location adjacent to Russia, the Middle East, and Europe s periphery, and their large-scale oil and natural gas deposits, Transcaucasia and Central Asia have become important testing grounds of …

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Russian Defense Legislation and Russian Democracy

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank As recent events demonstrate, Russia’s political system has yet to stabilize. This is particularly the case with civil-military relations for, as the course of the Chechnya invasion reveals, control by the government over the military is erratic and the military is all too often politicized. In this vein, legislation on …

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Reform and the Revolution in Russian Defense Economics

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank As Russia’s invasion of Chechnya shows, the Russian armed forces are suffering from tremendous shortages of capable leaders and soldiers. These problems, among others, relate directly to the shortage of funds for the military. Yet Russia cannot afford to spend more than it is now spending on the armed forces. …

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Russia’s Invasion of Chechnya: A Preliminary Assessment

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank, Dr Earl H Tilford Jr On December 11, 1994, Russia invaded the secessionist republic of Chechnya in the North Caucasus. The aim was to suppress the republic’s government, led by General Dzhokar Dudayev, compel it to accept Moscow’s authority, and to force it to renounce its bid for independence and …

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