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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...

New report lifts lid on Azerbaijani elites’ business empires

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

Kazakhstan gets Russian flak over UN Syria vote

Indignation is brewing in nationalist quarters in Russia over Kazakhstan’s recent decision...

Thousands of protesters shut down Armenia’s capital, dozens injured in clashes

Protests in Armenia continued for a fourth straight day on April 16,...

Sargsyan officially nominated for office amid continuing protests

Leaders of Armenia's ruling party decamped to a ski resort as protesters...

Thousands gather in Yerevan, demanding Sargsyan step down

Armenians took to the streets on the evening of April 13 to...

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...

Kazakhstan: Opposition Figure Sparks Balloon Crackdown 

When Kazakhstan’s Public Enemy No. 1 ordered his supporters to brandish blue...

Kazakhstan Closes Spigot to Opposition Leader’s Information Channels

Communications authorities in Kazakhstan have revealed that their efforts to delete online...

For Tajikistan's Asylum Seekers, Poland is a Dead End

Kalandar Sadurdinov, a 70-year-old from Tajikistan, is one of thousands wanted back...

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...

Kazakhstan: Tackling Taboos Through Theater

A man careers through haze as leather-coated figures give chase against a...

Private Jet Sparks Debate on Influence of Business over Armenian Politics

Armenia’s prime minister flew to the World Economic Forum in Davos using...

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

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

Armenia Recognizes IS Massacres of Yezidis as Genocide

Armenia’s parliament has passed a resolution recognising the Islamic State’s massacres of...

Kazakhstan: Businessman a Hostage in Astana-Ablyazov Feud?

Without warning one evening in November, agents from Kazakhstan’s security services mobbed...

Кыргызстан: Процесс усыновления детей американскими семьями по-прежнему буксует на месте

Возле детского дома на окраине Бишкека есть маленькая могилка. В ней лежит...

Uzbekistan: Business Empire of Karimov’s Other Daughter Under Attack

In a speech full of surprises over the weekend, the president of...

Armenia, Turkey Trade Blame After Yerevan Abandons Protocols

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

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

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

Kyrgyzstan Orders Deportation of AFP Central Asia Correspondent

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have ordered the deportation of the Central Asia correspondent...

Kazakhstan: Official Tamps Down Ruthenium-106 Jitters

Authorities in Kazakhstan have scrambled to reassure the public after an opposition...

Kazakhstan: Mystery Luxury Paris Apartment Buyers Eludes Investigators

Even after a week of inquiries, investigators in Kazakhstan appear to be...

Karabakh: What to Make of the Fresh Diplomatic Round?

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

Islam, the State, and Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia

It is a common assumption that the Bolsheviks, after consolidating their hold...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

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

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

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

Azerbaijan Sues French Journalists, In France, For Defamation

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

Coca-Cola’s Secret Ingredient in Tajikistan: Sycophancy

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

Uzbekistan Confirms Karimova Probes in PR-Boosting Exercise

Uzbekistan did more than confirm what all watchers of the region already...

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

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

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

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

Kazakhstan’s Expo: Vanity Fair or Imprint of the Future?

Recycling trashcans are everywhere you look at the Future Energy EXPO in...

Russia and Nuclear Power

In an age where sources of renewable energy are becoming an increasingly...

Can Georgia Save the World from Antibiotics Overuse?

Dr. Zemfira Alavidze’s desk was covered with a variety of antibiotics –...

South Ossetia: A “Little Switzerland” for Donbas?

South Ossetia has emerged as an unlikely banking center, providing financial services...

Georgia Serves as Proving Ground for Experiment to Eradicate Hepatitis C

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

Azerbaijan: Racing to Develop Natural Gas Potential

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

Will There Be a Georgian Invasion of Europe?

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

Uzbekistan: BBC Set to Make a Return?

Uzbekistan has said that it is considering restoring journalistic accreditation for the...

Kazakhstan: Campaigners Appeal to Nazarbayev Over Journalist’s Case

International freedom of speech campaigners have penned an appeal to Kazakhstan’s President...

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

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

Azerbaijan: Government Watchdog Transforms Into Attack Dog

An hour into an interview, Eynulla Fatullayev pulls out a cigarette and...

Georgia Offers NATO to Build a Black Sea Base at Poti

When NATO officials announced last month that they were planning to increase...

Georgia to Abandon All Attack Jets, Replace Them With Drones

Georgia is planning to get rid of its entire fleet of attack...

Turkmenistan Aims High as It Pledges Space Exploration

Turkmenistan is aiming for the stars. Speaking at his presidential inauguration after...

Georgia's Top Diplomat Makes First Visit to Trump's Washington

Eager to keep relations with the United States on the front foot,...

Kazakhstan: Editor of Tribuna Newspaper Detained for Money-Laundering

Anti-corruption officials on February 10 detained the editor of one of Kazakhstan’s...

Georgia Celebrates as EU Opens Its Doors

Georgia erupted in jubilation February 2 as EU lawmakers approved visa-free access for Georgian citizens,...

Predicting the Future of the Trump-Putin Relationship

Russian leader Vladimir Putin got exactly what he wanted out of the...

Uzbekistan: Swiss Prosecutor Visit Reveals a Defiant Karimova

One veil of mystery has been lifted from the saga surrounding the...

Uzbekistan: President Delivers First Ever New Year Greeting

In the run-up to the New Year, many in Uzbekistan were wondering...

Uzbekistan: Officials Strive to Ease Hassles for Tourists

After seeing much of Europe and countless beaches in Southeast Asia, Dmitry...

Russia’s Colonial Allergy

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

Kazakhstan: Zhanaozen Wounds Heal, but Sense of Injustice Remains

The oil workers were shocked to see that the city would try...

Separating Fact from Fiction in Russia’s ‘Information Wars’

The flurry of hacking, paranoia and fake news which preceded the biggest...

Uzbekistan Scraps Tourist Visas for 27 Nations From April

Uzbekistan has scrapped tourist visa requirements for citizens of 27 nations in...

NATO Closes Shop in Central Asia

NATO plans to close its liaison office in Central Asia, further diminishing...

Is Azerbaijan Buying Israel's Iron Dome?

Azerbaijani officials and several media sources have reported that Baku is working...

The Armenian Diaspora and Armenia: A New Relationship?

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

Georgia: Disillusion with Establishment Fuels Rise of Populism

Georgians appear to be growing disillusioned with the country's Western-oriented political elite...

Azerbaijan Looks to Greater Reliance on Domestically Produced Weapons

With an array of new, domestically produced weapons, including sniper rifles, machine...

Azerbaijan: Papal PR Pays Off

At first glance, Azerbaijan, a predominantly Shia Muslim state, seems an unlikely...

Struggling Economy Forces Big Defense Spending Cuts in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is facing a large decrease in its military budget as state...

Uzbekistan: Life After Karimov, More of the Same

On his first day in charge in Uzbekistan, Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev made...

Kazakhstan: Doping Scandal Casts Gloom Over Olympic Hopes

Discoveries of drug cheating by some of Kazakhstan’s sporting heroes have injected...

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

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

Georgia Gets Little to Take Home from NATO Summit

Georgia and NATO announced their new program for cooperation at the alliance's...

U.S. Shifting Military Aid to Georgia to Help it Fight at Home

The United States is shifting its military assistance to Georgia to help...

More Putin Peace for Karabakh

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

Kazakhstan in Denial as Doping Scandal Taints Heroes

Kazakhstan has deployed sport in multiple ways over recent years to promote...

Armenia: What Azerbaijan Needs to Do for Peace in Karabakh

Commentary from Armenia (Also see Introduction and Commentary from Azerbaijan)...

Kazakhstan: Aktobe Officials Claim Major Successes Against Islamic Radicals

Security services in a region of Kazakhstan hit recently by a spate...

Delays in EU Visa Waiver Worry Georgia

Amidst objections from France, Germany and Italy, the European Union’s ambassadors on...

Football Tournament for Unrecognized States, Minority Groups Gains Traction

June is a big month for football. The Copa America tournament is...

Chafing at Sanctions, Moscow Pokes and Pries at EU Unity

Standing before a classical Greek frieze at a press conference in Athens...

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

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

Azerbaijan: Will Khadija Ismayilova's Freedom Open Prison Doors?

Two days before her 40th birthday, Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released...

Armenia, Azerbaijan Agree To Strengthen Ceasefire Monitoring

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to strengthen the international monitoring of the front...

Kyrgyzstan: MPs Introduce Bill to Increase Control Over Media

Deputies in Kyrgyzstan’s parliament have proposed legislation that would ban foreigners from...

Time to Get Tough on Tajikistan’s Human Rights Crisis

The news came on May 11. Tajik prosecutors demanded life sentences for...

Putin as Peacemaker in Karabakh

“War is over, beware of peace” goes a phrase from the Caucasian...

Georgia: Could Honey Sweeten Tbilisi’s EU Dreams?

Some farmers in the South Caucasus country of Georgia want to channel...

Turkey-Russia Antagonism Playing Out in Karabakh

The enmity that has been building between Turkey and Russia is spilling...

Moscow Takes Charge as Karabakh Peacemaker

Russia on April 7 swiftly took charge as a conciliator in the...

Azerbaijan, Armenian-Backed Separatists Agree Karabakh Cease–Fire

Azerbaijan and Armenian-backed separatists in its breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh say they...

Caucasus War Worries: What Difference Will the Karabakh Ceasefires Make?

Despite the ceasefires issued by Azerbaijan, Armenia and Armenia-backed separatist forces on...

Can Karabakh Pull Back from the Brink?

After a long simmer, the Nagorno-Karabakh war has once again boiled over....

Ukraine: The Boom Stick Brotherhood

Fascinated by war and influenced by nationalistic beliefs, five volunteers left Europe...

Kazakhstan: Big Western Brands Braving Economic Downturn

Big Western brands are on the march into Kazakhstan, entering the market...

French Far-Right Party Linked to Kremlin – Newspaper Report

France’s National Front, a far-right party headed by Marine Le Pen, reportedly...

Georgia’s Wine Giveaway: Politics in a Bottle?

It might seem like the perfect welcoming gift after arriving on a...

Georgia’s $40M Hi-Tech Project: A Mirage or Job Creator?

The Georgian government and World Bank are hoping a $40-million technology-development project...

Kazakhstan: Vinokourov’s Bling Bling Bike

With the crisis biting hard in Kazakhstan, the nation’s most famous cyclist,...

Georgian Soldiers Accused In African Child Sex Crime Investigation

Georgian soldiers have been accused of sexually abusing children while on a...

Armenia: Stepping Gingerly Around Russia-Turkey Feud

Policymakers in Armenia are wary of the risks of the country getting...

Germany Formally Closes Uzbekistan Air Base

Germany has officially left its air base in Uzbekistan, the German embassy...

The Russia-Turkey Spat: The Big Picture

The past, in particular a shared desire to right perceived historical wrongs,...