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Azerbaijan marks centennial of democratic republic with little fanfare

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

As ties with Turkey suffer, Israel moves to recognize Armenian genocide

Israeli politicians have called on the country to formally recognize the Armenian...

Armenia hopes to benefit from new Iran-Eurasian Union free trade deal

Armenia has welcomed a historic new free-trade agreement between the Russian-led Eurasian...

Erdoğan calls for ‘common sense’ from new Armenian government

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this week called on Armenia to show...

Turkmenistan: Fast and furious. And broke

Akhal-Teke is a weekly Eurasianet column compiling news and analysis from Turkmenistan....

Pashinyan and Putin hold first meeting, pledge to build closer ties

Newly elected Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with Russian President Vladimir...

Armenia and that post-Soviet trick with prime ministers

Two Russians are having a conversation following the peaceful revolution in Armenia, goes...

Pashinyan team hints at release of radical opposition figure

An ally of Armenia's prime minister has suggested that the new authorities...

Armenian youth, the ‘engine of the revolution,’ fight for a fairer society

For many of the activists who took to Yerevan's streets in recent...

Kazakhstan: Government dips into pension pot to help banks

The president of Kazakhstan has promised to put an end to state...

Turkmenistan's new $1.5 billion port: Show over substance?

Accolades are rolling in for cash-strapped, cut-off Turkmenistan’s newly opened $1.5 billion...

Russian drag queens put a queer spin on songs from the Motherland

Strutting on stage in stilettos and towering headdresses, Russian-speaking immigrants turned the...

Armenia’s parliament rejects opposition leader; protests resume

Armenia's parliament has voted down protest leader Nikol Pashinyan's bid to become...

Azerbaijan watches Armenian rebellion with jealousy and hope

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

New report lifts lid on Azerbaijani elites’ business empires

Azerbaijan’s most powerful families have been using offshore networks to make investments...

In wake of Armenia's peaceful uprising, diaspora's clout is questioned

The huge anti-government protests in Yerevan that toppled longtime leader Serzh Sargsyan...

Azerbaijan appoints new prime minister from old elite

Azerbaijan’s parliament has unanimously approved the appointment of Novruz Mammadov, a longtime...

Azerbaijan comes out in favor of Yerevan protests

The Azerbaijani government and media have come out in support of the...

Armenia protests spread, as does police crackdown

With larger rallies, spontaneous acts of civil disobedience, escalating numbers of arrests,...

As Stalin-era factory turns to crypto mining, Georgian workers protest

The Agara Sugar Company, in the eponymous town about 90 kilometers from...

Azerbaijan reaches deal with Belarus over missile purchases - report

Azerbaijan has reached a deal to buy missiles from Belarus, a Russian...

Heavy metal fights to survive, and bridge communities, in the Caucasus

In a damp, dimly lit tunnel underneath Tbilisi, a singer, clad in...

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan's unremarkable election

Azerbaijan's presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev...

For many Azerbaijani voters, the only choice is to laugh

Azerbaijani voters go to the polls on April 11 for a presidential...

Perspectives | Washington joins Azerbaijan to undercut a transparency initiative

Campaigners were joyous nine years ago when Azerbaijan became the first country...

Armenia and Azerbaijan compete to attract Iranian cargo

On its heavily fortified border with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Armenia...

As Armenia effects its political transition, all eyes on Sargsyan

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stepped down on April 9 and handed his...

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian village becomes showcase of postwar reconstruction

Two years ago, Azerbaijani troops entered the village of Talish, less than...

Armenia suspends Schengen visa processor’s activities due to links with Turkey - reports

Armenia’s Justice Ministry suspended activities at a Turkey-linked company hired by the...

Washington experts take rare look at Armenia

American experts on the post-Soviet space discussed United States policy toward a...

Armenians and Azerbaijanis commemorate two years since breakout of “April War”

On April 2, Armenians and Azerbaijanis marked the second anniversary of the...

Young Azerbaijani teachers heed the call of village life

With a cartoon character tattooed to her wrist and a pierced eyebrow,...

Turkmenistan, Iran Talk Gas Swap Deals

Turkmenistan is exploring options on natural gas swap deals with Iran to...

Nowruz Brings Iranian Tourists to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Nowruz, the Persian New Year, brings one certainty to Armenia, Azerbaijan and...

Azerbaijan's New Pro-Government TV Network Has Some Familiar Faces

A new, all-news television station has started broadcasting in Azerbaijan. And as...

Azerbaijan Books US Pop Star Christina Aguilera

Azerbaijan’s controversial Formula 1 Grand Prix, scheduled to be held this April,...

Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

Masha Udensiva-Brenner tells the story of New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson’s...

American Mercenary Was in Talks with Azerbaijan over Weaponized Crop Duster

An American mercenary attempted to sell modified crop duster aircraft to Azerbaijan's...

Ukraine Delays Investigation of Journalist Wanted by Azerbaijan

An opposition Azerbaijani journalist remains in legal limbo in Ukraine after a...

In Armenia, Azerbaijani Leader's Ancestral Village Lies Abandoned

High in Armenia’s mountains, near Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan exclave, sits Tanahat, an abandoned...

European Investment Bank Approves $1 Billion Funding for TANAP Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 932 million Euros ($1.15 billion)...

Nagorno Karabakh Leader Makes Unprecedented Visit to Washington

The de facto president of Nagorno Karabakh, Bako Sahakyan, has made an...

The World's First Democratically Elected Muslim Woman Was from Georgia

The village of Karajala is fairly typical of the dozens of settlements...

Kazakhstan Grants U.S. Access to Ports for Afghan-Bound Goods

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan have approved an agreement allowing the United States to...

Armenia Prepares to Empower Prime Minister, Downgrade President

Powerbrokers in Armenia are set to elect a new president, completing the...

Azerbaijani Government Taps Social Media to Woo Youth

Last August, a new, Azeri-language media brand appeared on Facebook and immediately...

Azerbaijani Claims on Armenia Spark International Backlash

Statements by Azerbaijan’s president calling for a “return to historical lands” in...

Kazakhstan and Corruption: Young Blood, Old Habits

Sometimes a corruption case is about more than just the corruption....

Baku Embraces Conspiracy Theory Blaming Armenians for Own Pogrom

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

Armenia Wonders: Are We At Risk From US Sanctions?

The United States has reportedly notified Armenia and other countries that they...

Azerbaijan: Small Bookstore Owner Describes Hostile Takeover by Powerful Minister

Nigar Kocharli opened her first bookstore – a small space in a...

Azerbaijan President Calls for Return to “Historic Lands” in Armenia

Azerbaijan's president has claimed that large parts of Armenia's territory are Azerbaijan's...

Georgian Government on Defensive in Journalist Kidnapping Case

Released from prison for a day to attend a memorial service for...

Kazakhstan Bans Snooping App Over Privacy Concerns

Authorities in Kazakhstan have banned a popular and much-discussed mobile phone app...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

“To be a Eurasianist should be cool, it should be stylish.”...

Turkey's Afrin Operation Draws in Armenians, Azeris

As Turkey’s military intervention in Kurdish-majority Afrin, Syria, entered its third week,...

European Bank Approves 1.5 Billion Euros For Azeri Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 1.5 billion euros in financing...

Russia Picks Fight With Armenia Over Nazi Collaboration

A historical dispute between Armenia and Russia over Armenia's liberation-hero-turned-Nazi-collaborator has reignited,...

Azerbaijan’s Rural Areas Lack Lawyers Following New Rule

After dismissing about 90 percent of the country's lawyers late last year,...

Armenia Reportedly Blocks Belarus-Azerbaijan Arms Deal

Armenia has managed to block a significant arms sale from Belarus to...

Azerbaijan Calls Snap Presidential Elections

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

To Bury, or Not to Bury? Russia Undecided about Legendary Hadji Murad’s Skull

A head severed almost 180 years ago is causing a stir in...

Azerbaijan: Painting With Oil – No, Not that Oil

One day, when he was seven years old, Sabir Chopuroglu's parents brought...

Survey: Armenians' Attitudes Toward Azerbaijan Increasingly Hardening

People in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh are increasingly opposed to making any...

Turkey Suspends Talk Show for ‘Insulting’ Azeri Leader and Wife

Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog suspended a popular talk radio program and slapped one...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Is Monitoring of Occupied Territories Back on the Table?

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to increase the size of the international...

Azerbaijan’s Model Soldier: Pinup, Writer and Fighter

An elite trooper competing in beauty pageants and posing for risqué photoshoots...

Armenian Defense Minister Crowdfunds Soldier's Surgery

The Armenian defense minister's attempt to crowdfund money for a wounded soldier's expensive...

Azerbaijan Keeps Aiming High with World Expo Bid

Azerbaijan’s appetite for the grandiose shows no signs of satiation, as it...

Iran's Caspian Flagship "Seriously Damaged"

The flagship of Iran's Caspian naval fleet has been seriously damaged, and...

Azerbaijani Journalist Abducted in Georgia Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Azerbaijani investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who went missing in Tbilisi in May...

Karabakh: More (Relative) Calm Ahead in 2018?

2017 began with dire predictions for Nagorno Karabakh....

Azerbaijani Teacher Fired After Call for Peace with Armenia

In late December, a group of men from a nationalist organization broke...

Has Copyright Become a New Weapon Against Online Media?

YouTube’s copyright rules are being abused by the Azerbaijan government in an...

Azerbaijan: Higher Oil Prices Mean Increased Military Spending

While low energy revenues have forced Azerbaijan's government to cut back in...

Georgia Kicks Off 2018 with Caucasus Trade Conflict

Three days into 2018, Georgia already is finding it hard to keep...

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

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

Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

Azerbaijan’s government is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing...

Armenia, Turkey Trade Blame After Yerevan Abandons Protocols

Turkey and Armenia are trading accusations over responsibility for the apparent end...

Iran Denies Compromise on Caspian Division

Iran has denied Russian claims that it has agreed on how to...

Caspian Pact Paves Way for Turkmen Gas Exports to Europe – Eventually

After close to 30 years of haggling over the legal status of...

Azerbaijan: Elaborate Smear Campaign Targets Prominent Activist

A scandal has erupted in Azerbaijani legal and activist circles after the...

Azerbaijan Threatened With Expulsion from Council of Europe

The Council of Europe has launched unprecedented legal action against Azerbaijan over...

Trump's Jerusalem Gambit Prompts Opposition From Armenia, Concern From Georgia

United States President Donald Trump’s decision to defy international law and recognize...

Kazakhstan Looks to Azerbaijan for Gas Transit

Kazakhstan is exploring options with Azerbaijan on finding new export outlets for...

Post-Soviet Governments Weaponize Transparency: Report

Authoritatian governments have cleverly used the liberal norm of transparency in order...

Armenia Debates Shift Away From Nuclear Power

With its aged nuclear power plant scheduled to close in a decade,...

Russia Claims Caspian States Reach Agreement on Sea's Status

The five states bordering the Caspian Sea have finally agreed on "all...

Iran Launches New Corvette on Caspian

Iran has launched a new warship on to the Caspian, in what...

Georgia: New Europe-Asia Rail Route Slow to Produce Economic Benefits – Locals

On the outskirts of the sleepy Georgian town of Akhalkalki, set against...

Turkey Investigates Karabakh Visitors After Azerbaijan Issues Warrant

Turkey has opened a criminal investigation into four prominent intellectuals after they...

Uzbekistan: Gay Couple Arrested for Engaging in Illegal Relations

Two gay men have been arrested in Uzbekistan and face charges of...

Azerbaijan Blocks Russian Choice for New Ambassador

Azerbaijan has rejected Russia's nominee for its new ambassador to Baku, further...

Azerbaijan: Detentions End but Pressure on LGBT Community Continues

In mid-October, the mother of Nura, a transgender woman from a conservative...

Armenia: War Hero Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

On November 28, a court in Yerevan sentenced Karabakh war hero Samvel...

Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

Turkey has accepted the last of thousands of Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine...

Armenia Signs Landmark Agreement with EU

Armenia has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Union, committing to...

Russian TV Backs Down After Calling Armenian Hero "Fascist Collaborator"

A Russian state television station has apologized after airing a segment about...

Afghanistan Betting on Transit Corridor to Europe via Caucasus

Eurasia has no shortage of ambitious, difficult-to-implement transit route projects in the...

Georgia’s Baby Boom and the Union of Church and Birthrate

To mark St. George's Day this week, the head of Georgia’s Orthodox...