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Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev (R), Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R), Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev (C), Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko (2nd L) and Armenian's President Serzh Sargsyan (L) stand for a photograph before a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union in Astana May 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

The Eurasian Economic Union: Power, Politics and Trade

Europe and Central Asia Report N°240, 20 July 2016

Since its creation in 2015, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has kept only a few of its promises. Its limited economic success cannot mask the many tensions between Russia and its neighbours. Much of the EEU’s future success will depend on its members’ will to shift away from geopolitics a​nd focus on international cooperation, governance, social welfare and migration.

Landmark South China Sea Ruling Could Revive Negotiations
A Filipino fisherman sits on the hull of his boat after arriving from Scarborough Shoal. 10 May 2012. REUTERS/ERIK DE CASTRO

12 July 2016: An international tribunal has issued a sweeping ruling against China in a landmark case brought by the Philippines over disputed claims in the South China Sea. Beijing rejected the ruling, but the judgment’s legal clarity could ultimately provide the basis of a better, durable, negotiated outcome for the many parties involved.

De-escalating South Sudan’s New Flare-up
South Sudanese policemen and soldiers stand guard along a street following renewed fighting in South Sudan’s capital Juba, 10 July 2016. REUTERS

12 July 2016: Violent clashes in the capital of South Sudan have soured the country’s fifth anniversary of independence. Hundreds of soldiers and civilians were killed in the four days after 7 July, including two Chinese peacekeepers. The confrontation threatens to destroy the fragile progress made toward implementing a 2015 peace agreement to end a two-year civil war. The deal had allowed some opposition soldiers back into the capital, Juba, and the clashes have been between them and units of the national army and presidential guard. The UN is protecting tens of thousands of civilians in its compounds around the city, one of which has been repeatedly hit.

Brexit and Global Security
Pro-EU demonstrators hold a British Union flag and an EU flag during a pro-EU referendum event at Parliament Square in London, Britain, on 19 June 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

8 July 2016: Britain’s vote to quit the European Union could not have come at worse moment for a bloc that is struggling with a slew of major challenges. London’s break with Brussels will be a huge distraction for European leaders grappling with Russia’s assertiveness, the chaos in North Africa and the Middle East, terrorist attacks on their own soil and the humanitarian and political consequences of the refugee crisis.

Violent Extremism & Modern Conflict


Our recent report “Exploiting Disorder: al-Qaeda and the Islamic State” launches a Crisis Group project on Violent Extremism and Modern Conflict, looking at how to counter the evolving threat posed by these groups and their ideology.

Read the full version of this report alongside videos, podcasts, and photos.

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