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Is This Putin’s Utopia?

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

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,...

Something Brewing: Georgia’s Tea Renaissance

“Tea,” our friend Lasha indicated with a head nod, driving past fields...


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,...

Kazakhstan: Online Anonymity Ban in Force from April

Kazakhstan has set the clock running on stamping out anonymous commenting on...

Uzbekistan: President Fires Powerful Security Services Chief 

The president of Uzbekistan has in his most dramatic personnel reshuffle since...

Georgia: Pankisi Counter-Terror Raid Sparks Controversy

A counter-terrorism raid by Georgian security forces has sparked accusations of excessive...

Case Continues Against South Ossetian Journalist Accused of “Slandering” Ruling Party

A criminal case against one of South Ossetia's leading civic activists and...

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

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

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

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

Tajikistan: How a Broke Government Keeps its Books Balanced

In its annual budget, Tajikistan is relying on unusual accounting maneuvers to ensure...

What does Kazakhstan’s new military doctrine reveal about its relations with Russia?

Without much ado, Kazakhstan adopted a new military doctrine in September, replacing...

Armenia Debates Shift Away From Nuclear Power

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

Georgia: A Church Divided against Itself

The Georgian Orthodox Church is having an eventful year: priests have been...

Azerbaijan Blocks Russian Choice for New Ambassador

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

Armenia: Watered-Down Domestic Violence Law “Insulting to Women”

Armenia’s government has presented its final draft of controversial legal reforms aimed...

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...

Georgia: US Works to Counter Russian Narratives

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

Kyrgyzstan: Outgoing President Pledges to Continue Playing Role in Politics

Kyrgyzstan’s president has in his final press conference before leaving office dangled...

Karabakh: What to Make of the Fresh Diplomatic Round?

With relative quiet continuing on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact, bilateral negotiations...

Missing the USSR, Even in Georgia

It’s not uncommon to have a longing for a place you’ve never...

Armenia's Ruling Party Criticizes EU-Backed Domestic Violence Bill

Armenia's ruling party has criticized a draft bill aimed at preventing domestic...

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

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

Central Asia and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Look at the Balance Sheet at the Centennial

Although it happened thousands of miles away, and did not reflect any...

Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View

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

Azerbaijan: EBRD Gives Go Ahead for Azeri Pipeline Funding Despite “Laundromat” Allegations

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s board on October 18 approved...

Armenia: EU Officials Making Tactical Retreat in Values War

Armenia’s government has introduced long-awaited legislation to ban domestic violence, an issue...

Armenia: With EU Deal, Romancing Both Brussels and Moscow

Moscow appears angling to reinforce Armenia’s shaken commitment to the Russia-centric economic...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

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

Catalan Cause Finds Support in Abkhazia

Abkhazia is more than 2,400 miles from Barcelona, but last weekend’s Catalan...

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

There are echoes of Soviet times in the way Russia has been...

Clashes Over Church Raise Specter of Georgian-Armenian Strife

A clash over a contested church in a majority-Armenian part of Georgia...

Uzbekistan: Cotton Slave Labor Out, Human Rights Ombudsman In?

Just as the annual cotton-picking season entered its most intense phase in...

Armenian Delegation in Baku Criticizes Azerbaijan’s "Xenophobic Propaganda"

Two Armenian members of parliament have made a rare visit to Azerbaijan,...

New Language Learning Policy Revives Controversy Over Russian in Armenia

A new government education policy that gives a special status for the...

Kazakhstan: Latin Alphabet Is Not a New Phenomenon Among Turkic Nations

Kazakhstan’s planned transition to the Latin alphabet raises complex questions. While alphabets...

Armenia Debates Leaving the Eurasian Union

A pro-Western group in Armenia's parliament has submitted a proposal for the...

At Last Minute, Armenia Drops Out of NATO Exercises in Georgia

At the last minute and with no explanation, Armenia has dropped out...

Georgia: Still No Answers for Azerbaijani Journalist's Kidnapping

Three months have passed, but, still, Azerbaijani reporter Leyla Mustafayeva has no...

Coca-Cola’s Secret Ingredient in Tajikistan: Sycophancy

Coca-Cola’s representative office in Tajikistan has, as a marketing gimmick, begun to...

Armenia: New Embassy Is Sign of Strengthening Chinese-Armenian Ties

China is building a new embassy in Yerevan that, once completed, will...

Georgia Thwarts EU Engagement with Abkhazia

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

Patriot Games: Turkish Sprinter's Gold Occasions Pride, Controversy, in Azerbaijan

After winning the 200 meters spring at this month's World Athletics Championships,...

Constitutional Reform Raises the Question: What Does Georgian Dream Stand For?

Georgia’s governing party, Georgian Dream, is using the commanding victory it won...

Saakashvili Goes to Poland, but How?

Mikheil Saakashvili has long had a reputation for pulling off the unexpected,...

Uzbekistan: Evaluating the Chances for a Convertible Currency

Uzbek monetary authorities recently announced an intention to make the country’s national...

Uncitizen Saakashvili: Life in Legal Limbo

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

Azerbaijan Quickly Becoming Turks' Best (Only?) Friend

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

Georgia: Presidential Visit Highlights Hopes, Challenges of Ties With Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko made his first visit to Georgia as Ukraine’s president, as...

Kazakhstan: Space for Civil Society Shrinking?

First, there was a media report hinting at shadowy links between foreign-funded...

Turkey’s Black Sea Policy: Navigating Between Russia and the West

“[Istanbul] holds an absolute dominion over the Black Sea. By one door...

Tajikistan: Authorities Go After Relatives of Opposition

A crackdown in Tajikistan that began in 2015 has forced large swaths...

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...

Tajikistan: Opposition Beds Down and Plots in Polish Exile

The smell of plov and freshly prepared kulcha bread wafts improbably throughout...

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...

Azerbaijan Expands War on Internet to VoIP

For the last month, Azerbaijani internet users have been unable to make...

Time to Reset US Policy in the South Caucasus

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

Not All that Glitters in Kazakhstan Is Gold

By Mihra Rittmann, Central Asia Researcher at Human Rights Watch   Kazakhstan’s...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

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

Will the Great Gulf Game Spill Over Into the Caucasus?

The Caucasus has long been caught up in the rivalry between Russia...

Georgia: Dissident Snatching Dents Georgia’s Image

Georgia’s international standing has long benefited from being sandwiched between authoritarian countries,...

Georgia: Reluctant Host for Azerbaijani Dissidents?

For years, Georgia has been a safe harbor for dissidents seeking to...

Russia: Why Does Moscow’s Perennial Quest for Recognition Go Nowhere?

The rise of Donald Trump’s administration in the United States was supposed...

Russia’s Double Standard on Dealing with “Fake” News

Russia’s efforts to flood the media landscape in both the United States...

New Bank Serves as Financial Catalyst for Central Asia’s “Belt and Road” Development

A two-day summit to unveil what China is portraying as the infrastructure...

China: One Belt, One Road, Lots of Obligations

It’s not often that the leaders of democracies like Switzerland and Spain...

Georgia Serves as Proving Ground for Experiment to Eradicate Hepatitis C

Thousands of Georgians have been cured of hepatitis C as a result...

No Ticket to Ride: Georgia Blocks Pro-Kremlin Biker Brigade

The last time a large group of Russian vehicles, revving their engines,...

Is GUAM Making a Comeback?

With its first high-level meeting since 2008, the GUAM group of nations...

Azerbaijan: Racing to Develop Natural Gas Potential

Back in 1994, when the so-called “Contract of the Century” was signed,...

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

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

Turkey: In Winning Referendum, Erdoğan Loses Cities

Before he immersed himself in politics, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was...

Azerbaijan: Creationist Textbooks Stir Controversy, Public Action

“And it is He who created the heavens and the earth in...

Turkey-Armenia Ties Growing, Even As Historical Dispute Thwarts Reconciliation

A hundred or so mourners gathered on April 24 beneath heavy clouds...

Will There Be a Georgian Invasion of Europe?

Easter brings to Tbilisi the blessing of fewer people and less traffic,...

Georgia: Five-Year-Old Prince Prepares to Reign

Like many doting parents, five-year-old Giorgi’s post cute pictures of him on...

Georgia: Giving Up on Gazprom for Extra Gas

It’s dated Gazprom and flirted with Iran, but, ultimately, when it comes...

Azerbaijan Increasingly Airing Grievances with Russia

Azerbaijan is increasingly dissatisfied with Russia’s role as a mediator in the...

Georgia: Proposed Reform Could Tilt Electoral Field Toward Incumbents

Irakli Kobakhidze, Speaker of Georgian Parliament, recently outlined proposed constitutional changes. Among...

Yes, We Can’t! The Apathetic Business of the Armenian Elections

When voters re-elect an incumbent, it usually means the country is on...

China’s Strategy in the Caucasus

When leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia took part in a session titled...

Georgia: Can Democracy Thrive Without Opposition?

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili led a triumphant delegation in late March...

Armenia: Political Campaigns, Failing to Inspire Voters, Offer Cash

As voters head to the polls in Armenia’s parliamentary elections, they may...

Central Asia’s Remittances: Take Two

An earlier version of this story offered a regrettably inaccurate snapshot of...

Uzbekistan: Police Crackdown on Currency Traders Signals Elite Infighting

Shortly after lunchtime on March 20, a boxy, old Zhiguli sedan pulled...

Why Europe’s Last Dictator May Suddenly Need Uncensored TV

Belarus may lose the only TV channel that dares to criticize its...

Belarus: Is Showdown Looming in Minsk?

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

Georgia’s Back and Forth Freedom Marches: The Case of Rustavi-2

The Supreme Court of Georgia recently ruled in favor of transferring the...

Kazakhstan: Pre-Soviet History Packed with Political Mines

Sitting in a modest, domed brick mausoleum, a bust of the partisan...

Moldova and Ukraine: Diverging Neighbors?

To a casual observer, Moldova and Ukraine appear quite similar with their...

Georgians Get Visa-Free Travel to EU, but to Russia? Not So Fast

After getting the green light for long-awaited visa-free travel to the European...

Uzbekistan: Andijan Doc Attempts Minister's Rehabilitation

State media in Uzbekistan tends as a rule to avoid the thorny...

Russian Cyber Operations: 2017 and Beyond

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

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained...

Armenia: Is Concern About Domestic Violence a Liberal Value?

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

Georgia and Russia Tempt Separatists with a Promise of Europe

One week after the European Parliament granted Georgia visa-free access to the...