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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...

Activists Protest Armenian Government’s Proposed Anti-Smoking Measures

The Armenian Ministry of Health has proposed significantly increasing fines for smoking...

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...

European Bank Gives Go-Ahead to Controversial Georgian Dam

The largest hydroelectricity project in Georgia’s independent history looks set to go...

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...

Survey: Armenians' Attitudes Toward Azerbaijan Increasingly Hardening

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

Georgia’s Communists, With Chinese Help, Fight to Preserve Stalin’s Press

Deep in Tbilisi’s Avlabari district sits an old, derelict wooden house. Beneath...

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

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

Grozny Mayor In Georgia, Reportedly for Security Talks

A prominent Chechen official has reportedly been visiting Georgia for secret security...

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

The first specialized academy of higher learning in Uzbekistan devoted exclusively to...

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...

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

The United States planned a large increase in special forces training programs...

Georgia: Security Forces' Killing of Teenager Runs Risk of Alienating Isolated Muslim Region

A teenager shot during the counter-terrorism operations in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge has...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central...

Georgia Kicks Off 2018 with Caucasus Trade Conflict

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

Armenia, Turkey Trade Blame After Yerevan Abandons Protocols

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

Georgia: Dam Threatens Traditional Svan Way of Life

On his land in the Svaneti mountains, Zaza Vibliani shows off his...

High-Tech Baby Bed Unveiled in Armenia

A new Armenian-made “smart crib” that can sing lullabies, tell stories and...

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

The new National Security Strategy of the United States portrays the Caucasus...

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...

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

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

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Scottish Town Restores Abkhazian Monument; Calls for "Brotherhood" With Georgia

A Scottish town council has denied reports that it is removing a...

Georgia: US Works to Counter Russian Narratives

Using means like television programs, fact-checking websites, and book clubs, the United...

Counter Terrorism Operation in Georgia Turns into Deadly Firefight

A counter terrorism operation launched by Georgia’s State Security Service (SSG) turned...

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 David Lynch Moment

David Lynch paying an “official visit” to the Georgian parliament, meeting lawmakers...

Kazakhstan: Financial Illiteracy Hampering Economic Recovery

Kazakhstan’s National Bank will embark on research next year to find out...

The Many Languages of Islam in the Caucasus

While visiting Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge towards the end of the second Chechen...

Azerbaijan's Switch on Turan: PR or Pressure?

Azerbaijan has dropped charges of tax evasion and abuse of power against...

Russian-Armenian Tycoon Expanding Influence in Armenia

Samvel Karapetyan, an Armenian-born billionaire who has built a business empire in...

Bolshevik Squabbles Still Shape the Caucasus

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

Iran and Azerbaijan Boosting Military Ties

Iran and Azerbaijan have held the first meeting of a military cooperation...

Full Steam Ahead: Long-Awaited Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Opens

The launch of a new railway in the South Caucasus has the...

“Sexy Sheep” Welcome Azerbaijanis to Ukraine

A bare-breasted woman wearing a sheep hat greeted male arrivals from Baku...

Turkey Detains Philanthropist Known for Supporting Armenian Reconciliation

Turkey has detained an influential Turkish businessman and philanthropist who has been...

Celebrity Chef Bourdain Visits Armenia, Karabakh, Probably Not Azerbaijan

American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has visited Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, to...

Georgia’s Elections: Painting the Town Blue with Kakha Kaladze

Ex-soccer star Kakha Kaladze has scored his biggest win on Georgia's political...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

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

Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View

The use of heavy-handed tactics by police to disrupt the Catalan referendum...

Women in South Caucasus Continue to be Underrepresented in Government: Report

The countries of the South Caucasus have far fewer women in positions...

Citing Intimidation, Embattled Azerbaijani Journalist Leaves Georgia

Fearing for her safety and that of her daughter, Azerbaijani reporter Leyla...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

Russia popularized the concept of “hybrid warfare” starting with its 2014 annexation...

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

The Azerbaijani government has forced the local chapter of the global corruption...

As Russian Military Exercises in Armenia, Is Syria on its Mind?

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led military bloc, is carrying out...

Armenia Showcases Electric Concept Car

Even as GM announced its strategy for “an all-electric future,” Armenia, never...

Georgia Celebrates Sending a Song Into Space

It’s often been said that Georgian folk singing is out of the...

Caucasus States, and Kurds, Assess Kurdistan's Independence Drive

In the wake of Iraqi Kurdistan's vote to declare independence, Armenia and...

Lithuania Moves to Stop Calling Georgia by its Russian Name

Lithuania has moved to change the name it uses for Georgia to...

Armenia: Diaspora Conference Promotes Concept of New “Global Armenian Identity”

An all-day conference in Los Angeles, to be held September 23, will...

Georgia’s British Candidate

Georgia’s upcoming local elections would be quite local, indeed, were it not...

Georgia: Case of Abducted Azeri Journalist Stays in Spotlight, as Investigation Lags

Before this summer, if Leyla Mustafayeva walked into a coffee shop in...

Abkhazia: Is Chinese Investment a Panacea or a Pipe Dream?

Spend enough time at Brehalovka, an iconic coffee house and hotbed of...

Report: Nationalist Rhetoric on the Rise in Armenia and Azerbaijan

A new report has detailed how nationalist rhetoric has become more widespread...

Putin’s Surprise Myanmar Challenge from Chechnya

Ramzan Kadyrov has called himself a foot soldier in Putin’s army, but...

Pentagon Looking to Georgia to Help Arm Syrian Rebels

The United States negotiated with Georgia to buy weapons for Syrian rebel...

Azerbaijan Threatens to Cut Off Military Cooperation With US and NATO

Azerbaijan has threatened to cut off its military cooperation with the West...

With Russia-NATO Meeting, is Baku the New Caucasian Geneva?

NATO's military chief and his Russian counterpart met in Baku, the first...

China Eyes Iran as Important Belt and Road Hub

China’s strategic interest in Iran is intensifying. Chinese manufacturers are looking to...

Report: $7 Million Payment Tied to Hungary's Extradition of Azerbaijani Axe-Murderer

A new report has uncovered a $7 million payment from Azerbaijan into...

Azerbaijan Sues French Journalists, In France, For Defamation

Two French reporters appeared in a Parisian court on September 5 to...

Music Festival Brings Armenians, Azerbaijanis, and Georgians Together

A music festival in Georgia strives to evoke a time when the...

Karabakh: De-mining Continues Amid Rising Tension

At 7 AM on a recent Monday morning, the staff of the...

Russia & Turkey: The Arms Deal that Signals the Age of Pragmatism

If any single arms deal can capture the shifting nature of Russian...

Kim Kardashian West Reportedly “Infiltrates” Azerbaijan with Lipstick 

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

Azerbaijan: Pioneering Theater Gives Stage to Actors with Disabilities

“Do not be ashamed of your own body. Do not be shy...

Georgia Thwarts EU Engagement with Abkhazia

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

Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan: Energy Cooperation or Competition?

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have declared themselves strategic partners as the two sides...

On Anniversary of South Ossetia War, Putin Visits Abkhazia

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the breakaway republic of Abkhazia and pledged...

Uncitizen Saakashvili: Life in Legal Limbo

Caught in a surreal bubble of statelessness, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili...

Armenia: Ethnic Minorities Gain a Voice in Parliament

Armenia is the most ethnically homogeneous of all the post-Soviet states. But...

Israeli Minister in Armenia: Damage Control or Something More?

Armenia-Israeli relations have been somewhat distant, complicated by the latter's strong ties...

Georgia, Azerbaijan Sceptical about Yandex-Uber Rides

Choosing a cab has become an increasingly geopolitically tricky decision in the...

Azerbaijan, Without Explanation, Drops Out of NATO Exercises

When NATO military exercises kick off in Georgia next week, they will...

Armenia: Attitudes Toward Turks Slowly Changing

When Üfük Özden, a translator from Istanbul, visited Armenia last year, it...

Azerbaijan Quickly Becoming Turks' Best (Only?) Friend

Turkey has gone through a rough foreign policy patch over the past...

Azerbaijan: Prison for a Blogger, Free Flats for Reporters

It’s been a notable week for Azerbaijan’s efforts to control both foreign...

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...

Georgia: Monitoring Project Raises Hopes for Improved Highway Safety

Auto safety is a perennial issue across Eurasia, as the generally poor...

Georgia: Backsliding on Rule of Law Is Damaging Investment Climate

A recent wave of confiscatory moves against foreign investors in Georgia –...

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

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

Trump on Georgia's Territorial Integrity: Not Much Interested?

They talked election meddling and...

Georgia: Are the Police Backsliding?

The reform of Georgia’s law-enforcement apparatus was once the pride of the...

With Islamic Games Over, Baku Tears Down Mosque

When protesters tried to stop the demolition of a Baku mosque in...

Blogger in Distress in Azerbaijan

For the first time ever, a foreign citizen who visited breakaway Nagorno...

Georgia: Still Waiting for Results from Azerbaijani Journalist Kidnapping Investigation

Just over a month since the kidnapping of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli...

Why Russian Ultranationalists Confronted Their Own Government on the Battlefields of Ukraine

On a snowy January day in 2016, a small crowd assembled in...

Armenia: This Time, EU Deal Meets Russian Approval

The last time Armenia negotiated closer ties with the European Union, in...

Azerbaijan: A Reset with the EU?

Azerbaijan is pursuing a new agreement with the European Union focused on...

Armenia Gets Ready to Launch the World’s Longest Zip Line

Already featuring a record-length cableway, Armenia plans to launch the world’s longest,...

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

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

Armenia: Nation-Army Plan Raises Concerns About Society’s Militarization

A new program is promoting the closer integration of Armenia’s military and...

Time to Reset US Policy in the South Caucasus

Geopolitical conditions in the South Caucasus have experienced a substantial shift in...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

Established in 1997, GUAM—a platform named after its members Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan,...