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Perspectives | Radicalization among Central Asia’s migrants: Views from the ground

The latest contribution to the field of research on violent religious radicalization...

Tajikistan court jails 71-year old over Islamic State links

A court in northern Tajikistan has sentenced a 71-year old woman to...

Kazakhstan to send 120 peacekeepers to Lebanon

A senior Defense Ministry official in Kazakhstan has said that 120 troops...

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...

Turkmenistan, Iran Talk Gas Swap Deals

Turkmenistan is exploring options on natural gas swap deals with Iran to...

Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

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

European Investment Bank Approves $1 Billion Funding for TANAP Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 932 million Euros ($1.15 billion)...

Kazakhstan to Spend $840M on Countering Religious Extremism

Security officials in Kazakhstan have reportedly said that they intend to spend...

Central Asia: Put Out the Islamic State Flags

A curious little drama has played out in Tajikistan that neatly encapsulates...

Armenia Wonders: Are We At Risk From US Sanctions?

The United States has reportedly notified Armenia and other countries that they...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

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

Armenia Recognizes IS Massacres of Yezidis as Genocide

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

Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

Azerbaijan’s government is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing...

CSTO Ready, But Not Yet Willing, To Send Troops to Syria

Leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led security bloc, have...

Kazakhstan: Is New Military Doctrine Response to Russia or the West?

In late September, Kazakhstan adopted its fifth military doctrine....

Counter Terrorism Operation in Georgia Turns into Deadly Firefight

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

Karabakh: What to Make of the Fresh Diplomatic Round?

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

Tajikistan: Russia Shows Off Jeweler-Like Accuracy of Iskander-M Missile

Ten-day military exercises in Tajikistan by a Moscow-led security alliance have seen...

Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as...

Turkmenistan: Iran, Saudis Dangle Exits from Energy Cul-de-Sac

In these lean times, Turkmenistan has been seeking out potential clients and...

Uzbekistan: A Breeding Ground for Terrorism?

A mass killing in New York perpetrated by a citizen of Uzbekistan...

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge

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

Azerbaijani Navy Visits Iran for First Time Amid Warming Ties

Azerbaijan's navy has made its first-ever visit to Iran, signaling warming ties...

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

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

Georgia’s British Candidate

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

Azerbaijan and BP Cement Ties Through 2050

The government of Azerbaijan signed a new production sharing agreement (PSA) with the...

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...

Murky Azerbaijani Flights to Syria: Whistleblowing or Black PR?

Earlier this summer, the Bulgarian daily newspaper Trud published a sensational report,...

Armenia: Ethnic Minorities Gain a Voice in Parliament

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

Turkmenistan: President Plays Commando To Ward Off Outside Threats

Turkmenistan’s president has added to his increasingly idiosyncratic repertoire of public personae...

Georgian Women March against Misogyny and Racism

An ethnically diverse historic neighborhood in Tbilisi has become the battlefield for...

Tajikistan: Stepping Away From Iran, To Saudi Arabia

Last week, an Iranian trade and culture center in Tajikistan’s northern Sughd...

Tajikistan: Relatives of Islamic State Commander Killed in Clash

Four close relatives of the riot police commander that left Tajikistan to...

Kyrgyzstan: Alleged Chinese Embassy Attackers Jailed, Questions Linger

A court in Kyrgyzstan has sentenced three people to lengthy jail terms...

Russia In Talks With Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Over Military Deployment to Syria

Russia is in talks with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan about sending troops to...

Russia and Nuclear Power

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

Kyrgyzstan: President Bashes Russian Migrant-Phobia

Russian politicians are sowing hatred for the people of Kyrgyzstan. Not the...

Tajikistan's Islamic State Contingent Reportedly Suffers Grave Blows

Media outlets have in recent days reported on the death of senior...

Russia: Metro Bombing Raises Alarm on Central Asia Terror Link

Was the St. Petersburg bomber the one that got away?...

Xinjiang: China Wary of Possible Islamic State Terror Attack

Chinese authorities are on high alert in western Xinjiang province after the...

Central Asia: Chinese Authorities on High Alert in Xinjiang Over IS Threat

Chinese authorities are on high alert in western Xinjiang Province after the...

Tajikistan and Islamic State: Threat or Bogeyman?

Perhaps the greatest existential threat facing Tajikistan is posed by the Islamic...

Georgians Wary of Turkey’s Rising Influence in Batumi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech last October in Rize,...

Can the Caucasus Grab Donald Trump’s Attention?

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

Tajikistan Boasts of Big, Huge, Wins Over Terrorism

Tajikistan’s Interior Ministry has claimed that the country’s security agencies managed to...

Kazakhstan: Security Services Waging War on Extremists

Kazakhstan’s security services say they have rounded up 33 members of a...

Azerbaijan: Officials Are Wrong to Securitize the Shias

Roughly 300 kilometers south of Baku, Azerbaijan’s booming capital with its glitzy...

Top Trump Adviser Has Shifting Views on Russia, Eurasia

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

Russia: The Clash of Civilizations Comes to Valdai Club

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

Central Asia: Interpreting and Remembering the 1916 Revolt

“You must have some more of these potatoes,” the scholar next to...

Tajikistan: Youth Group Intimidating Opposition

Repression of dissenters in Tajikistan is taking a worrisome turn, with family...

Why Has Tehran Allowed Russian Bombers to Use an Iranian Base?

In a highly dramatic development, Russian bombers have begun using an Iranian...

Russia Signals Intentions to Fire More Missiles from Caspian

Russia asked Iran and Iraq for permission to to use their airspace...

Erdogan Goes to Russia: Turkish Leader Seeks to Mend Fences with Kremlin

What a difference a few months can make.   Last November, a...

Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkish Leaders to Meet for Gas Talks

A high-level meeting reportedly set to take place later this year in...

Azerbaijan: No Turkish Military Bases Here

The Azerbaijani government was forced to deny Turkish press reports that Turkey...

Turkey Rounds Up Suspected Coup Plotters, Blames U.S.-Based Cleric for Incident

Turkish officials have rounded up thousands of people suspected of involvement in...

Georgia: ISIS Commander Omar al-Shishani's Homeland Silent about His Reported Death

Islamic State terrorists may have confirmed the death of their Georgian military...

Georgia: Nuclear Smuggling Cases Raise Concern

Amid heightened concern about Islamic militant activity in Turkey, questions are being...

Armenia to House World’s Largest Yazidi Temple

The small village of Aknalich, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of...

Istanbul Airport Terror: Attack on a Bridge between Worlds

The June 28 terrorist attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport meant an...

Tajikistan: Prison Breakout Linked to Islamist Radicalism

Authorities in Tajikistan have said they have all but contained a breakout...

Kazakhstan: At Least 10 Killed in Unrest Blamed on Extremists

Authorities in Kazakhstan said at least 10 people were killed on June...

Kyrgyzstan: The Phantom Militants of Central Asia

Security services in Kyrgyzstan say they have neutralized another international terrorist cell,...

Ukraine: The Boom Stick Brotherhood

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

The First 40 Days: Uzbekistan's Tales of Success and the Reality on the Ground

Coming out of 2015, Uzbekistan’s authorities were able to ignore signs of...

Watchdog Says Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Among World’s Most Corrupt

An international monitoring group says people around the world demonstrated to governments...

Tajikistan: President Vows Radiant Future, and More Money for Security

As economic anxieties begin escalating into panic across many former Soviet republics,...

Central Asia Spurning All Anti-Terror Coalition Suitors

In the two weeks since Saudi Arabia announced that it was forming...

Kyrgyzstan: Terror Scares Threaten Visa-Free Travel Regime

A steady drumbeat of terror threats in Kyrgyzstan is spurring talk about...

Saudis Form Muslim "Anti-Terror" Coalition; Ex-Soviet States Stay Out

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the creation of a 34-country coalition of...

The Russia-Turkey Spat: The Big Picture

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

Kyrgyzstan Says It Has Been Hit by "Wave of Terrorism"

Kyrgyzstan has endured nothing short of a plague of Islamist-inspired terrorism in...

Azerbaijan: Examining the Source of Discontent in Nardaran

Interior Ministry troops in Azerbaijan are continuing to maintain tight control over...

Tajikistan Jails Men for 27 Years for Hoisting Flag

A court in Tajikistan has sentenced a group of men to jail...

As Tajikistan Limits Islam, Does It Risk Destabilization?

Nabijon spends nearly 10 hours a day inside his one-room barbershop in...

Georgia's ISIS Video Exchange

A video of Islamic...

Kyrgyzstan Court Stiffens Imam's Sentence

A court in Kyrgyzstan has doubled the prison sentence handed down to...

Possible Russia-West Rapprochement Over Syria Stokes Fears in Europe's East

France's surprise embrace of Russia in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist...

Tajikistan Brushes Off Talk of Islamic State at the Border

A spokesman for a key security body in Tajikistan has wandered off...

Kyrgyzstan: Prison Break Culminates in Bloody Showdown

A manhunt in Kyrgyzstan for a group of prison fugitives culminated in...

Kazakh, Other Airlines Rerouting Caspian Flights After Russia Missile Launch

Kazakhstan's Air Astana and other airlines are altering their flight routes over...

Kyrgyzstan: Alleged Islamists Mount Prison Breakout

Kyrgyzstan has been gripped by a fresh wave of security anxieties after...

Kyrgyzstan: Popular Imam Gets 5-Year Jail Term

A court in the southern Kyrgyzstan town of Kara-Suu has sentenced a...

Russian Military Flights To Syria Skirting Caucasus

New flight-tracking data suggests that Russia is sending military equipment to Syria...

Russia: SCO Can Get Involved In ISIS Fight

As the Shanghai Cooperation Organization wraps up anti-terror exercises in Kyrgyzstan, a...

Georgia: Russia Has Not Asked for Transit to Syria

Georgian defense officials say they would not welcome a potential request from...

Could Russia Use Georgian, Armenian Airspace for Syria Flights?

Amidst mounting concerns in Washington about Russia’s military presence in war-ravaged Syria,...

Beyond Pankisi: Islamic Radicalization in Georgia

In his paper, Folklore and Terror in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, Paul Manning,...

Whither Azerbaijan’s Islamists?

The overall atmosphere in Azerbaijan is grim when it comes to freedom...

Report: Kyrgyz IS Video Surfaces Online

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have fallen largely silent about the alleged Islamic State...

IS Boosts Russian-Language Propaganda Efforts

The militant group Islamic State (IS) has stepped up its Russian-language propaganda...

U.S. Rights Report Slams IS Militants, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Among Others

In a new report, the U.S. State Department strongly criticizes Islamic State...

State Department, Assessing Terror In Ex-USSR, Turns Focus To ISIS

The State Department has released its annual "Country Reports on Terrorism" reviewing...

In New ISIS Video, Tajik Police Commander Threatens Brother

Tajikistan’s most high-profile Islamic State fighter has threatened to kill his brother...

Tajikistan Drives Top Opposition Leader Into Exile

The leader of Tajikistan’s main genuine opposition party has told EurasiaNet.org that...

Georgia Cracks Down on Alleged ISIS Recruitment

Just as all eyes were glued on the deadly flood in the Georgian capital,...

State Department Downplays ISIS Threat In Central Asia

A senior State Department official has downplayed the threat of Central Asian...