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After 100 days, what's new in the “new Armenia”?

August 17 marks 100 days since Nikol Pashinyan became prime minister of...

Young activists and regime veterans: Armenia’s new compromise government

Armenia's new prime minister Nikol Pashinyan has formed his first post-uprising government,...

New Georgian Hospital Aims to Heal, and Win, Abkhazian Hearts and Minds

Two kilometers from the border crossing into breakaway Abkhazia, the village of...

St. Petersburg Blast Suspects Claim Torture in Russian Jail

Russia’s security services are running secret detention centers, in which they hold...

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

Montenegro’s recent accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sent an...

Russia: The Specter of Revolution – Part 1

Part 1 of a 2-Part Series...

Russian Cyber Operations: 2017 and Beyond

As Russia's alleged cyber-intrusions into U.S....

Team Trump on Russia: Words and Actions

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has picked his Cabinet members and advisors. Here...

Azerbaijan: Could Baku Have Access to a Clinton White House?

A lobbyist connection between Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and Azerbaijan could create...

Kazakhstan: Movies Going Kazakh, But Distributors and Audiences Resist

When Kazakh speakers went to the movies last year to catch up...

Commentary: Hybrid Business -- The Risks in the Kremlin's Weaponization of the Economy

"How many divisions does the pope have?" Josef Stalin was meant to...

Will China Bring Nuclear Power to Moldova?

China appears willing to help Moldova become a nuclear power. But for...

Georgia: Attack on Vegan Café Opens New Front in Culture War

Sausage is the new weapon of choice in a simmering culture war...

Russian State Presence in Armenian Energy Sector Declining

Russia’s economic grip over Armenia may be loosening ever so slightly, highlighted...

Moscow Takes Charge as Karabakh Peacemaker

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

Tajikistan: Toddler’s Death Exposes Vulnerability of Migrants in Russia

On the morning of November 16, a plane flew into Tajikistan’s main...

Kremlin Rejects Charges of Systemic Doping by Russian Athletes

The Kremlin has dismissed allegations from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) about ...

Georgia Headed for Political Showdown over Rustavi2 Ruling

A judicial ruling in Georgia seems certain to turn up the heat...

Armenia: Mixing Faith and Philanthropy

Some mega-millionaire philanthropists fund universities and hospitals, while others opt to fund...

After 10 Years and 30 Deaths, Georgians Question Their NATO Ambitions

Georgia has paid a high price for its ambition to join NATO....

On Ottomans, Turks, and Armenians

For more than a decade, I taught an area studies course at...

Western Scholars Alarmed by Russian Deportations, Fines

WASHINGTON -- The plainclothes officers found the scholar in a state archive...

Armenia: Is Yerevan Doing the Kremlin’s Bidding to “Neutralize” NGOs?

Activists in Armenia are worrying that new government-proposed requirements for non-governmental organizations...

Worried About Moscow, Belarus's Lukashenka Drifts Toward Brussels

Alyaksandr Lukashenka isn't known for waxing poetically about the Belarusian language. But...

Ghosts Of Sochi: Hundreds Killed In Olympic Construction

Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games...

Five Important Things That Memorial's Done (and Is Still Doing) for Russia

Russia's Justice Ministry has asked the country's Supreme Court to liquidate Memorial,...

Azerbaijan Chides US Envoy's Twitter Diplomacy

Not to underestimate the power of social media, but officials in Azerbaijan...

Recalling McFaul: Four Views On Outgoing U.S. Ambassador To Russia

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has announced that he is stepping...

The Big Chill: Critics Say Kremlin Waging A War On Ideas

It's not a great time to be a freethinker in Russia....

Uzbekistan: South Korea’s Feeling Lucky

President Lee Myung-bak’s administration in South Korea is making a risky bet...

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

February 28 - March 7, 2012 *For Breaking News See Our Blog...

Medvedev to Travel to Ashgabat; Turkmen Dissidents Denied Entry to OSCE Meeting

After meeting with the leaders of France and Germany, Russian President Dmitry...

Tajikistan Unlikely to Be Test Case for Russia-led Security Group

After declining to intervene in southern Kyrgyzstan’s turmoil over the summer, the...

Russia, Kyrgyzstan Balk at Signing Defense Pact

Contrary to expectations in Bishkek, Russian and Kyrgyz defense officials failed to...

Top US Human Rights Diplomat: 'Democracy Takes Time'

WASHINGTON -- Following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip last week to...

Georgia: Senate Staff Report Stokes Unease in the Caucasus

Georgian officials are lauding the recent release of a staff report prepared...

Georgia: Abkhazia's Monkey Business Returns to Health

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

Kazakhstan: Astana Strives to Overhaul the Education System

With the academic year under way in Kazakhstan, the country's education system...

Georgian President Signs Truce, But Rhetoric Continues

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in Tbilisi that now that...

Armenia: Crisis Spotlights 'Karabakh Clan'

As Armenia's first post-Soviet president in the 1990s, Levon Ter-Petrossian brought in...

Armenia: Crisis Spotlights 'Karabakh Clan'

As Armenia's first post-Soviet president in the 1990s, Levon Ter-Petrossian brought in...

Georgia: Final Farewell to a Robber Baron and a Philanthropist

More than a fortnight after his death in the United Kingdom, legendary...

Russian-Indian Row over Tajik Base Suggests Moscow Caught in Diplomatic Vicious Cycle

India's strategic ambitions in Central Asia are in flux after Russia reversed...

Russian-Indian Row over Tajik Base Suggests Moscow Caught in Diplomatic Vicious Cycle

India's strategic ambitions in Central Asia are in flux after Russia reversed...

Current Geostrategy in the South Caucasus

In recent months, relations between Georgia and Russia have deteriorated. The clash...

Turkmenistan's 'Great Leader': The Ceausescu Career Path?

If you look up "cult of personality" in the dictionary, you might...

Iraqi Fire Sale:
CPA Giving Away Oil Revenue Billions Before Transition

The Coalition Provisional Authority has launched a last-minute spending spree using Iraq's...

Economic Ties Bind Azerbaijan and Georgia

The dramatic end of Eduard Shevardnadze's presidency in Georgia caught authorities off...

Azerbaijan-Iran Tensions Create Obstacle to Caspian Resolution

Azerbaijan is counting on the development of the Caspian Basin's energy resources...

Security Interests in the South Caucasus Begin to Gel

When US Ambassador to Armenia John Ordway said that his country would...

Russian Manuevering in Kodori Exposes Tangle of Georgian Interests

The United States plans to send military advisors to Georgia this year...

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Seeks to Strengthen Anti-Terrorism Component

Foreign ministers attending a January 7 meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)...

UN Scrambles to Prepare for New Afghan Government

While veteran Pashtun warrior Hamid Karzai prepares to take over the new...

SAUDI ECONOMIC WOES COULD HAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR ANTI-TERRORISM CAMPAIGN

The first of a two-part series. Click here for Part II....

Pakistan, Iran Ready for New Strategic Cooperation

The end of the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan has helped foster strategic...

Russia Seeks To Restore Position in Mongolia As Most Favored Neighbor

Mongolia in recent years has emerged as a focal point in the...

asiaNet Eurasia Insight

Along with increasing security cooperation among themselves, Central Asian states such as...