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Thomas de Waal

Azerbaijani opposition leader Ilgar Mammadov freed

Azerbaijan’s most prominent opposition leader, Ilgar Mammadov, was released from prison on...

Azerbaijan marks centennial of democratic republic with little fanfare

One hundred years ago this month, the first secular democracy in the...

Azerbaijan watches Armenian rebellion with jealousy and hope

As street protests in Armenia dramatically toppled longtime leader Serzh Sargsyan this...

Perspectives | New Book Purports to Offer "Smoking Gun" Proving Armenian Genocide

The idea that the Ottoman government intentionally destroyed its Armenian population during...

Baku Embraces Conspiracy Theory Blaming Armenians for Own Pogrom

This February marks the 30th anniversary of the events that launched the...

Azerbaijan Calls Snap Presidential Elections

Azerbaijan has unexpectedly announced that it is moving up presidential elections, previously...

Азербайджан: Утверждение кандидатуры американского посла буксует на месте

Процесс утверждения Сенатом предложенной администрацией Барака Обамы кандидатуры на пост посла США...

Грузия: Северный Кавказ как средство отплатить России той же монетой?

Недавно Грузия развернула кампанию, призванную превратить республику в поборницу прав народов Северного...

Таинственный Кавказ: Две новых книги, исследующие запутанную историю региона

Да будет великой наша слава: Путешествия средь непокорных народов Кавказа Оливер Баллоу...

Azerbaijan’s Pre-Soviet Independence Embroiled in Post-Soviet Polemics

In 1918, Azerbaijan became the first democratic and secular republic in the...

Bolshevik Squabbles Still Shape the Caucasus

At the end of Leon Avenue, in the capital of Abkhazia –...

Georgia Thwarts EU Engagement with Abkhazia

Two years ago, the European Union commissioned a senior diplomat to write...

Expert Opinions, Episode 2: What’s the Matter with Chechnya?

A podcast from the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, hosted by Masha...

Azerbaijan: Ruined Village Becomes Showcase for “Great Return”

Mahammud Mirzaliyev, a soft-spoken farmer clearly unaccustomed to the media limelight, stood...

Azerbaijan: Is Platform for Peace an Olive Branch or PR Stunt?

At a time when the prospects for peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan...

De Waal: Kremlin 'Not Primary Actor' Behind Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

A noted Western expert on the Caucasus says tensions between Azerbaijanis and...

Azerbaijan: Did Prisoner Releases Help Secure Washington's Welcome?

Azerbaijan was welcomed at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC on...

Azerbaijan: Is It Time to Consider Sanctions?

Some regional experts want the United States and European Union to consider...

Ukraine: Can Saakashvili Perform Reform Magic on Odessa?

There was little doubt Mikheil Saakashvili had a second political act in...

On Ottomans, Turks, and Armenians

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

What Is the EU’s Game in the Caucasus Separatist Territories?

The European Union is making a push to raise its profile in...

Arrests and Pardons in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s government had been pushed hard to free several jailed young activists,...

Explainer: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Deadly skirmishes have erupted recently between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over the...

In U.S., Calls To Hold Energy-Rich Baku's Feet To The Fire Over Rights

WASHINGTON -- The United States should hold Azerbaijan accountable for its human...

Georgia: Does Ukraine Crisis Improve Euro-Atlantic Integration Odds?

The Russia-Ukraine crisis is putting the South Caucasus country of Georgia on...

Georgia: Looking at Post-Election Twists

After electing a new president in an October 27 vote seen as...

Passions and History Run Deep In Safarov Case

The details of the crime seem anything but heroic: a young lieutenant...

Georgia: Tbilisi Walks Diplomatic High Wire on Iranian Nuclear Issue

Georgia is clearly the closest US ally in the South Caucasus, moving...

Serzh Sargsyan Interview Revisits Khojaly and the Karabakh War

Amidst all the publicity this weekend to mark the 20th anniversary of...

Georgia: Measuring Tbilisi’s Security Ties to Washington

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has asserted that his recent visit to the...

Georgia’s Choices: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

From Carnegie Endowment analyst Thomas de Waal comes a new report on...

Georgia: Using the North Caucasus to Give Russia a Taste of Its Own Medicine?

Georgia recently launched a campaign to fashion itself as a champion of...

Azerbaijan: American Ambassador Confirmation Process Stalled

The Senate confirmation process for the Obama administration’s nominee as US envoy...

No More Great Game in the South Caucasus?

In a lengthy piece in this week’s Foreign Policy,  longtime Caucasus reporter...

Unraveling the Caucasus: Two New Books Examine a Region’s Complicated History

A good rule of thumb for the Caucasus is: “If you think...

Georgia: Chessboard Struggle with Russia Will Go On

The cover of Ronald D. Asmus's book on the 2008 Georgia-Russia war...

Georgia Looking for Reassurance from Clinton Visit

Whether by words or by her mere appearance, US Secretary of State...

Ankara at a Standstill with Armenian Reconciliation Process

Publicly, Turkish officials express their continued support for a rapprochement process with...

Russia, US Redistribute Pawns On Caucasus Chessboard After A Year Of Change

Abandoned by his U.S. allies, under pressure from Russia, and facing public...

String of Bombings Belie Kremlin Hopes of Chechnya's 'Normalization'

Russian authorities on August 5 announced the detention of three suspects for...

New Book Examines Roots of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

On February 20, 1988, the local assembly of Nagorno-Karabakh issued a stunning,...