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Armenia's Next President Faces Eligibility Challenge

Investigations by Armenian opposition media have suggested that the ruling party's candidate...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

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


Perspectives | Is the Eurasian Belt and Road Headed toward a Rate Wrangle?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative may be in its infancy,...

Presidential Selection: Armen Sargsyan’s Second Coming to Armenia

On January 19, Armenia’s outgoing president Serzh Sargsyan presented his ambassador to...

Военные и правительство Турции устроили друг другу проверку на прочность

Проводимое два раза в год заседание ведущих политических и военных деятелей Турции,...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

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

The Belt and Road through Eurasia: Who Wins and How?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative will have its winners and...

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

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

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of...

Uzbekistan Restoring Closer Military Ties with Russia

Uzbekistan has agreed to buy Russian attack helicopters, the latest sign that...

Abkhazia: Counting on a Cryptocurrency

Breakaway Abkhazia plans to launch its own cryptocurrency in a bid to...

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China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

China is expected to be a major presence at the 28th meeting...

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...

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

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

Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View

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

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge

Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater,...

On Language: The Many Flavors of Persian in Eurasia

Is Tajik a dialect of Persian? Or a language in its own...

South Korea Looking for Ways to Boost Central Asian Trade

South Korean officials have established an agency to deepen the country’s trade...

Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan: Energy Cooperation or Competition?

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

Russia: Content Analysis Serves as a Tool of Biased Courts

Magomednabi Magomedov, a Salafist imam, received a five-year prison term from a...

Uncitizen Saakashvili: Life in Legal Limbo

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

Georgia, Azerbaijan Sceptical about Yandex-Uber Rides

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

Georgia: Monitoring Project Raises Hopes for Improved Highway Safety

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

Armenia: Can the Government Reverse Demographic Decline?

Armenia’s government is pursuing an ambitious goal of increasing the country’s population...

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation

By M. Ashraf Haidari, the Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the...

Russian-Speaking LGBT Community Shows Pride

Vulnerable to persecution in Russia and other states in Eurasia, Russian-speaking members...

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,...

Uzbekistan: Mr. Mirziyoyev Going to Washington

The leader of Uzbekistan’s next major official foreign visit will reportedly be...

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

When Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited Washington in early May and...

Repression is the Mother of Invention: Civil Society Groups Embrace Technological Innovation

Activists and innovators are joining forces to improve watchdog capabilities in Eurasia....

Azerbaijan: Court Upholds the Blocking of Independent Media Outlets

Amid signs of a deepening economic crisis in Azerbaijan, authorities in Baku...

As Islamic Games Open, Azerbaijan Wrestles With Muslim Identity

With an opening ceremony rich in pageantry, Azerbaijan welcomed athletes and tourists...

Saakashvili Gearing Up for Third Political Act

Talking to Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia and erstwhile governor...

Expert Opinions, Episode 1: Russian Protests and Evolving US-Russia Relations

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

Kyrgyzstan: Lawyer Fights to Dub Libel Suits Unconstitutional

A lawyer in Kyrgyzstan is mounting a legal appeal with the Constitutional...

Central Asia: Challenges Ahead for China’s Belt and Road Project

China’s bid to expand its economic presence in Eurasia – embodied in...

Russian Beyond Russia

Language is harmfully intertwined with politics these days in Eurasia. The swirling...

The US “Offshore” Industry and the Eurasian Connection

In Cheyenne, Wyoming, a small brick-faced house sits between a Greek Orthodox...

Azerbaijan: State and Dissidents Acquire New Weapons for Cyber War

The Azerbaijani government appears to have taken yet another step to quash...

At Summit, Aliyev and Nazarbayev Talk Trade and Karabakh

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev traveled across the Caspian on an official visit...

U.S. Boosts Special Forces Training in Central Asia

The United States has stepped up its trainings of elite military units...

Ukraine: Are We Seeing a Lull Before the Russian Storm?

Western media may not be paying much attention now to Ukraine, but...

Belarus: Is Showdown Looming in Minsk?

A mass rally against a tax on unemployment is scheduled to take...

Azerbaijan, Dropping Out of Transparency Initiative, Issues Challenge to Foreign Investors

Azerbaijan has decided to leave the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) after...

Azerbaijan: President Names His Wife as VP

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, as the...

Russian Cyber Operations: 2017 and Beyond

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

Armenia: Is Concern About Domestic Violence a Liberal Value?

Legislation aimed at preventing domestic violence in Armenia has been scuttled after...

Trump’s Ukrainian Blunder: Geopolitical Deja Vu

US President Donald Trump is poised to make one of the gravest...

Can the Caucasus Grab Donald Trump’s Attention?

Pink protest hats were not the only piece of clothing to mark...

Tajikistan Pumps Mobile Phone Companies for Cash With Dubious Fines

A mobile phone operator in Tajikistan has said it is appealing what...

Russia Announces Intent to Establish Air Base in Tajikistan

Russia is seeking to expand its military presence in Tajikistan by renting...

Kazakhstan: Fake State TV Interview Claims Newsreader Job

A state-controlled TV channel in Kazakhstan has waded into a fresh scandal...

Russia’s Colonial Allergy

“The history of Russia is the history of a country that colonizes...

Kazakhstan: Conviction Shows Separatism Nerves Still Raw

A man in northern Kazakhstan has reportedly been sentenced to 5 1/2...

Eurasia: Tracking the Rise of the Repressintern

Russia has forged an informal network of authoritarian-minded states in Eurasia dedicated...

Top Trump Adviser Has Shifting Views on Russia, Eurasia

President-elect Donald Trump's top national security adviser has expressed a variety of...

Eurasia and the Appeal of Illiberalism

Brexit, a Trump presidency and populist and pro-Russian leaders coming to power...

The Armenian Diaspora and Armenia: A New Relationship?

Leading members of the Armenian Diaspora are looking to take on a...

Russia: The Clash of Civilizations Comes to Valdai Club

Founded in 2004 with the support of the Russian government, the Valdai...

China Figures Reveal Cheapness of Turkmenistan Gas

Intriguing figures on China’s natural gas purchases reported by Russian state news...

Azerbaijan: Scapegoating Adam Smith

Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, has finally acknowledged that the energy-export-dependent country is...

Azerbaijan: Dubbing Critics as “Islamic Extremists”

Authorities in Azerbaijan are trying to erase the line between legitimate dissent...

Turkey: Effort to Force Closure of Gülen Schools Falling Flat in Eurasia

As part of a wide-ranging clampdown in the aftermath of the failed...

Ukraine and Georgia: Two Rabbits, One Misha

There is an old Ukrainian saying – if you chase two rabbits,...

Azerbaijan: Economy Riding in the Breakdown Lane

Just a few months ago, authorities in Azerbaijan spent tens of millions...

Azerbaijan: Marching in Lockstep with Turkey in Cracking Down on Gulen

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responds to the failed coup attempt...

Coup Attempt Ripple Effect: Azerbaijan Closes TV Station

Azerbaijan, a strategic ally of Turkey, has suspended a national TV station...

Azerbaijan: “Celebrity” Political Prisoners Get Freedom First, Activists Say

Some Azerbaijani activists claim that international rights watchdogs, such as Amnesty International,...

Contemporary Art from Former Soviet Union Finds Collectors

In the early 1990s, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, art...

Will China Bring Nuclear Power to Moldova?

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

More Putin Peace for Karabakh

Russia on June 20 cemented its role as the MC-enforcer of the...

Report Illustrates How Moscow Acts as Beacon of ‘Worst Practices’

Russia is leading the way in developing a regional model of repression,...

Kazakhstan: Mud-Slinging at Protesters Highlights Apparent Media Double Standards

Aimira Shaukentayeva reads her news bulletins with a stony and ferocious demeanor....

Kazakhstan: Panicked Authorities Rounding Up Activists

Authorities in Kazakhstan are betraying a note of panic ahead of planned...

Kazakhstan: State TV Hatchet Job Sparks Indignation

A partly Russian-owned television station controlled by Kazakhstan’s government has waded into...

Kazakhstan: Is Land Issue Foundation for Wider Anger?

Authorities are facing tough choices in Kazakhstan, as demonstrations against plans to...

Critical TV Station in Azerbaijan's Crosshairs

The Azerbaijani government has taken aim at Meydan TV, one of the...

Kazakhstan Unveils Plan To End All Wars; Details To Come

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, never shy about thrusting his once-obscure country on...

Azerbaijan, Armenia: Can Activists Keep Peace Alive?

For both Azerbaijani and Armenian peace activists, the resumption of fighting over...

Freedom House: Economic Troubles Threaten Stability in Ex-Soviet 'Dictatorships'

In a new report, Freedom House warns that economic woes are threatening...

What a Difference Two Years Make: Charting Eurasia’s Financial Free-Fall

Since Russian troops occupied Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March 2014, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan,...

Don't Worry, Russia: China's Not Starting A "Central Asian NATO"

In an apparent attempt to assuage Russian concerns, Chinese defense officials have...

Frozen Conflicts Undermine Nuclear Security

The renewal of armed conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the...

Kazakhstan: Cafe Dispels Disability Stereotypes

Zhuldyz Abdykarimova is catching her breath after the lunchtime rush, wiping down...

Is Kazakhstan Getting Eurasian Union Blues?

Tough times for the Eurasian Economic Union are causing disillusionment among its...

Georgia: Buying Bread with Less Dough

For Irma Nikoladze, a trip to the boutique bakery in her neighborhood...

Latvia: The ABC of “Traditional” Values Activism

A version of this article originally appeared on Re:Baltica.  Part 2 of...

Democracies Should “Lead by Example” on Free Expression – OSCE Media Rep

The OSCE’s outgoing Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, indicated...

Where Does Russia Rank for US Among Global Security Threats?

Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin seems prepared to throw budgetary caution to the...

Eurasia’s Leaders Urged to Close Their Cyber-Borders

An obscure organization is urging governments across the former Soviet Union to...

Georgia: China Experiences Black Sea Setback

For China, the New Year got off to an inauspicious start in...

U.S. Intel: Georgia's Western Orientation At Risk

United States intelligence believes that Georgia could reverse its strategic orientation toward...

Report: Many International Organizations Shrinking from Rights Responsibilities in Eurasia

A new report evaluates how international organizations that are active in Eurasia...