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Caucasus

Georgian fascists step into the spotlight

A pair of tourists enjoy an al fresco meal at a café...

Report details increasing trade between Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Informal trade between Georgia and its breakaway territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia,...

Azerbaijan marks centennial of democratic republic with little fanfare

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

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...

Small gay rights rally held in Tbilisi amid fears of violence

Gay rights groups in Georgia called off a planned rally on May...

Erdoğan calls for ‘common sense’ from new Armenian government

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

Georgia stakes place on wild frontier of blockchain governance

In Tbilisi’s industrial-chic factory-turned-cultural center Fabrika, a mix of glamorous Georgian models,...

Armenia and that post-Soviet trick with prime ministers

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

Perspectives | Livestreaming Armenia’s “velvet revolution”

Armenia excels at video. Even before Internet was widely available in the...

Perspectives | Eric Lee’s The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution

The Georgian Democratic Republic was short lived – lasting only from 1918...

Azerbaijan appoints new prime minister from old elite

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

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...

Greek death metal band arrested in Georgia on suspicion of Satanism and terrorism

Members of a Greek death metal band were arrested in Tbilisi after...

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

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

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...

Six Georgian miners die in collapse, reinforcing calls for better labor safety

Six miners were killed and three seriously injured on April 5 after...

Washington experts take rare look at Armenia

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

Kadyrov announces plan for road to connect Georgia and Chechnya

The government of Chechnya has expressed its readiness to construct a road...

Nowruz Brings Iranian Tourists to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

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

Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

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

In Armenia, Azerbaijani Leader's Ancestral Village Lies Abandoned

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

Armenia Prepares to Empower Prime Minister, Downgrade President

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

Family Still Waiting for Body of Georgian Killed in South Ossetia

Family members of a Georgian man who died in custody in the...

Georgians Fear Visa-Free Travel to Europe in Jeopardy

A year ago, when the European Union declared that Georgian citizens could...

Azerbaijani Claims on Armenia Spark International Backlash

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

Baku Embraces Conspiracy Theory Blaming Armenians for Own Pogrom

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

With Port Project, Georgia Seeks Place on China's Belt and Road

For years, Beijing has cast a shadow on a patch of swamp...

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...