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Elizabeth Owen

Abkhazia: Counting on a Cryptocurrency

Breakaway Abkhazia plans to launch its own cryptocurrency in a bid to...

Chechnya: Praising Putin with iPhone X

Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, Chechnya’s...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

Breakaway South Ossetia is jumping on board with a Russian crackdown against...

Saakashvili’s Train to Ukraine Stopped in Poland

Ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on September 10 found himself stuck in a...

Kim Kardashian West Reportedly “Infiltrates” Azerbaijan with Lipstick 

Azerbaijan has detected something of a national security breach. And this time...

Saakashvili Goes to Poland, but How?

Mikheil Saakashvili has long had a reputation for pulling off the unexpected,...

The Trump Meeting's Irakli Kaveladze: It All Started with Matryoshkas

Donald Trump, Junior’s much-scrutinized “Russian” meeting has a broadening Caucasus dimension to...

Emin Agalarov and the Political Side to Pop

Azerbaijani-Russian pop star Emin Agalarov has landed on the American political stage...

Georgia: Giving Up on Gazprom for Extra Gas

It’s dated Gazprom and flirted with Iran, but, ultimately, when it comes...

Georgia: Gülen School Loses License

Turkey’s campaign against schools reportedly linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen got...

With Donald Trump's Election, Georgia Dusts Off Plans for a Trump Tower

A real-estate development company in the South Caucasus state of Georgia, a...

Azerbaijan: Papal PR Pays Off

At first glance, Azerbaijan, a predominantly Shia Muslim state, seems an unlikely...

Turkey: Effort to Force Closure of Gülen Schools Falling Flat in Eurasia

As part of a wide-ranging clampdown in the aftermath of the failed...

Azerbaijan: University, Paper Closed as Anti-Gülen Cleanup Continues

As Turkey focused its coup-cleanup operations on its education system, its close...

Armenia's Hostage Crisis: Protesters Arrested, but Not Gunmen

With no end in sight to Yerevan’s police-hostage crisis, the arrest of...

Mystery Surrounds Istanbul-Attack Suspect's Past in Georgia

The one-armed and one-legged presumed mastermind of the June 28 attack on Istanbul’s...

Turkey: Using NATO to Gain Reconciliation with Russia?

After talking a blue streak about using the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...

Did Karabakh Fighting Weaken the Panama Papers’ Impact?

Gold mines for Azerbaijan’s presidential offspring, an ex-Georgian leader’s offshore com...

Moscow Takes Charge as Karabakh Peacemaker

Russia on April 7 swiftly took charge as a conciliator in the...

Georgia: ISIS Commander Omar al-Shishani's Father Questions if Son Dead

The elderly father of the Georgia-born, ISIS senior commander known as Omar...

Georgia Considers Constitutional Change to Block Same-Sex Marriage

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has announced a campaign to change Georgia’s...

Georgia: Azerbaijan Wins Gas Deal Over Russia, Iran

Gone is the fear of betrayal, and bilateral love, once again, is...

Turkey and Russia: History Fuels Rancor

A long history of mutual enmity is exacerbating tension between Turkey and...

Georgia Gets a New Prime Minister for Christmas

Some people start off the new year with a new plan for...

Azerbaijan: Post-Election, No Regrets about Absence of OSCE Monitors

Azerbaijan’s November 1 vote was no cliffhanger, with President Ilham Aliyev’s Yeni...

Rumor Has It: Conan O’Brien Is Armenian

With US talk show host Conan O’Brien in town after an earlier...

Georgia: Another Sexual Abuse Video, Another Election Season

Shocking footage that depicts the alleged police abuse of prisoners under Georgia’s...

Could Russia Use Georgian, Armenian Airspace for Syria Flights?

Amidst mounting concerns in Washington about Russia’s military presence in war-ravaged Syria,...

Azerbaijan to Sue French TV for Calling Ilham Aliyev a "Dictator"

Azerbaijan plans to take French public television channel France 2 to court...

Azerbaijan to Battle World Media with the Turkic News Network

Step aside, CNN, and make room, Al Jazeera: an international news network...

Post-Iran Deal, Azerbaijan Eyes Energy Transit Opportunities

To many, the nuclear deal with Iran spells security. But to Azerbaijan,...

Misha’s Next Move — Moldova?

Georgia’s roving reformer, ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili, could soon be on the road...

Georgia: Looking for Euro-Atlantic Leadership on Ukraine

Confronted with the most daunting security challenge since the end of the...

Ukraine Wants to Pick Georgia's Brain on Reforms

Rumors are swirling in the Russian, Georgian and Ukrainian press that Georgia's...

From Baku to Nashville, with Love

Nashville, Tennessee has apparently become another unlikely proxy battleground for a war...

Central Asian and Caucasian States Go to Sochi

Much has changed for Central Asia and the South Caucasus since 1980,...

Armenia: Key Suspect Arrested in Diamond Scandal Linked to PM, Archbishop

So what do the Armenian government, the Armenian Apostolic Church and Sierra...

Armenia: Former Presidential Candidate Gets 14 Years for Alleged Murder Conspiracy

One of Armenia's stranger political dramas reached a concluding chapter on September...

Georgia: More of the Same with Margvelashvili?

Georgia's election to pick a new president to replace Mikheil Saakashvili is...

Georgia: Fence-Fight Continues with Russia, Separatists

Autumn is a relatively busy time in Georgia -- the farmers are...

Young Azerbaijani Tycoon Finances 9/11 Memorial in Pennsylvania

An organization headed by the well-connected son of a powerful Azerbaijani cabinet...

Heydar Aliyev and Armenian Flag Make Joint Appearance

Tbilisi’s Old Town has long been an area where ethnic Armenians, Azeris,...

Azerbaijani Gas Station Video: "This Gasoline Will Set You on Fire"

It's not often that a gas station ditty sets your feet a-tappin',...

Victim of Stalin’s Terror Now Oversees Soviet Dictator’s Dachas in Abkhazia

You could call it poetic justice. Thrown out of his own boyhood...

Stalin's Abkhazia Dacha a Modest Retreat

Stalin's two-story Abkhazia vacation home, known as the Mysra dacha, sits at...

Georgia: Tbilisi Protestors Start Street Barricades

Hours after Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili rejected the opposition's ultimatum to step...

Abkhazia's Diaspora: Dreaming of Home

High atop a mountain chain in western Turkey stands Mezit village, a...

Georgia: What Would the Grinch Say About Allegations of Christmas Tree Funny Business?

Christmas trees have emerged an unexpected source of controversy about how the...

Georgia: Abkhazia's Monkey Business Returns to Health

Russia’s recognition of Abkhazia as an independent state may have fired speculation...

Georgia: Abkhazia Reasserts Control over Upper Kodori Gorge

Prior to the Russian-Georgian conflict in August, the Upper Kodori Gorge was...

Georgia: With Shooting Over, the Spin War Rages

It is early morning at the new Russian peacekeeping post at Karaleti,...

Medvedev: A Pause for Peace?

Faced with a growing international outcry against Russia's invasion of Georgia, Russian...

Georgia: Scene of the Outbreak of Cold War II?

The Kremlin has called off its attack troops. But even as it...

Georgian Troops Withdraw from South Ossetia, Russia Bombs Tbilisi Airport

Georgia on August 10 announced a withdrawal from the disputed territory of...

Georgia: All-Out War Looms in South Ossetia

Georgia and Russia stood at the brink of an all-out conflict August...

Georgia: All-Out War Looms in South Ossetia

Georgia and Russia stood at the brink of an all-out conflict August...

Georgia: Tbilisi Declares Cease-Fire in South Ossetia

Trying to prevent developments from spiraling out of control, Georgia has declared...

Abkhazia Prepares for Olympics with a Little Help from Its Friends

The XXII Olympic Winter Games may still be six years away, but...

Abkhazia Prepares for Olympics with a Little Help from Its Friends

For the self-declared Republic of Abkhazia, the Games offer a chance to...

Abkhazia Prepares for Olympics with a Little Help from Its Friends

The XXII Olympic Winter Games may still be six years away, but...

US Pushes for Talks between Leaders of Georgia and Abkhazia

As part of a growing Euro-Atlantic campaign to reduce tensions between Georgia...

US Pushes for Talks between Leaders of Georgia and Abkhazia

As part of a growing Euro-Atlantic campaign to reduce tensions between Georgia...

Abkhazia: Blame for Blast Skirts Ethnic Ties

It started off as a child’s birthday party. But a recent late...

Georgia: Optimism Prevails in Tbilisi-Controlled Section of Abkhazia

"We want to go that way," said an ethnic Georgian woman, brusquely...

International Observers: Armenia's Vote Passes the Mark

Despite widespread opposition and domestic observer claims of violence and intimidation, an...

Saakashvili Ends Campaign with a Call to Focus on Future

In a scene at times reminiscent of a televised evangelical revival, Mikehil...

Diplomats: Elections Are Georgia's Chance for a Democratic Comeback

Nearly a week after a crackdown on opposition protests in Tbilisi, the...

Georgia: President Silent, While Key Opposition Party Takes Shape

A full-blown political crisis is developing in Georgia after police detained former...

Karabakh Territory Undergoes Political Transition

The self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has a new leader, Bako Saakian, who currently...

Domestic Debate Marks Karabakh Presidential Vote

The July 19 presidential vote marks the departure of de facto President...

Domestic Debate Marks Karabakh Presidential Vote

The July 19 presidential vote marks the departure of de facto President...

Domestic Debate Marks Karabakh Presidential Vote

The July 19 presidential vote marks the departure of de facto President...

South Ossetia: Where Memories of the Pre-Conflict Era Are Fading

As the Soviet-era sedan doubling as a taxi trundled toward Georgia's breakaway...

Georgia's South Ossetia: One Unrecognized State, Two Unrecognized Governments

Two separate presidential elections and two separate referenda on the future of...

Georgia Names New Prime Minister

President Mikheil Saakashvili has nominated Finance Minister Zurab Noghaideli to be Georgia's...

Zhvania Buried, Georgia Pledges to Soldier On

In a strident speech delivered at Zhvania's funeral service in Tbilisi's Holy...

Georgian Government Stresses Stability as Search for New Prime Minister Begins

The search for a replacement for Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania, who died...

Zhvania's Death Creates Void in Georgian Reform Team

Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania's untimely death deals a severe blow to Georgia's...

Privatizing Georgia: Dollars Are the Guide

The Georgian government is betting on privatization to keep the state treasury...

Tempers Flare Over the Issue of Nagorno-Karabakh “Souvenir” Currency

Over the past month and a half, two souvenir currency notes from...

Georgian Film: Still Waiting for a Comeback

Two years ago, hopes ran high that Georgia's once-celebrated film industry was...

Georgian Civil Society Seeks Role in US Military Reform

US support for a military reorganization effort is playing an increasingly central...

Georgia: Pankisi's Chechens Worry About Implications of Tbilisi-Moscow Rapprochement

As Georgia and Russia attempt to improve relations, Chechen refugees in the...