Russia and several of its allies, including Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, are conducting joint military exercises this week in Tajikistan. These sorts of exercises have become routine in recent years, but there is an intriguing difference this time.
These exercises are typically held under the aegis of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which has been the primary focus of Russia's efforts to build military alliances in the post-Soviet space. But this exercise is instead being held under a different body: the Commonwealth of Independent States Anti-Terrorism Center.
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