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For Armenians, they're not occupied territories – they're the homeland

When Alexander Kananyan moved to Kelbajar in 2000, it was “completely destroyed,”...

Uzbekistan tempts tourists with bars of gold

Gold: Uzbekistan’s latest wheeze for drawing foreign visitors....

Azerbaijan acquires new missiles in escalating arms race with Armenia

Azerbaijan has displayed new missiles it has bought from Belarus and Israel,...

Kazakhstan’s returnees frustrated by cold shoulders

The joy that Tursynzhan Yesenalyuly felt in moving to his ethnic homeland...

As ties with Turkey suffer, Israel moves to recognize Armenian genocide

Israeli politicians have called on the country to formally recognize the Armenian...

Georgian President Stumps for More US Support, Details to Follow

On his recent visit to Washington, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili took every...

American Mercenary Was in Talks with Azerbaijan over Weaponized Crop Duster

An American mercenary attempted to sell modified crop duster aircraft to Azerbaijan's...

Uzbekistan Takes Another Stab at Visa Rules Shakeup

Just in time for the tourist season, Uzbekistan is undertaking another attempt...

Azerbaijan: Higher Oil Prices Mean Increased Military Spending

While low energy revenues have forced Azerbaijan's government to cut back in...

Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

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

Trump's Jerusalem Gambit Prompts Opposition From Armenia, Concern From Georgia

United States President Donald Trump’s decision to defy international law and recognize...

Armenia: Students Protest, Declare Hunger Strike Over Draft Deferment Bill

Changes in Armenia’s military conscription laws have resulted in large-scale protests among...

Uzbekistan: A Breeding Ground for Terrorism?

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

Iran and Azerbaijan Boosting Military Ties

Iran and Azerbaijan have held the first meeting of a military cooperation...

Uzbekistan: Without Forced Labor, Who’ll Pick the Cotton?

Uzbekistan’s government has traditionally characterized cotton-picking as hashar, a term for voluntary...

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...

Newly Released Blogger Airs Grievances Against Azerbaijan

If Azerbaijan expected gratitude for releasing a blogger from prison early, it...

Azerbaijan’s Aliyev Opens Some Prison Doors

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is in an uncharacteristically charitable mood: on September...

Israeli Arms Manufacturer Alleged To Have Attacked Armenia From Azerbaijan

Officials from an Israeli arms manufacturer fired two drone missiles from Azerbaijan...

Israeli Minister in Armenia: Damage Control or Something More?

Armenia-Israeli relations have been somewhat distant, complicated by the latter's strong ties...

Uzbekistan: King Cotton Confronts Caper Uprising

At the turn of the first millennium, Bukhara-born philosopher Avicenna recommended using...

Azerbaijan: Prison for a Blogger, Free Flats for Reporters

It’s been a notable week for Azerbaijan’s efforts to control both foreign...

Blogger in Distress in Azerbaijan

For the first time ever, a foreign citizen who visited breakaway Nagorno...

Armenia: Nation-Army Plan Raises Concerns About Society’s Militarization

A new program is promoting the closer integration of Armenia’s military and...

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

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

Azerbaijan: Flower Power Struggles to Revive

For over a decade, Azerbaijan celebrated the birthday of former president Heydar...

Azerbaijan: Ties with Pakistan Focusing on Arms and Energy

Azerbaijan’s diplomatic contacts with Pakistan have intensified over the past year, with...

Report: Turkmenistan is Turkey's Biggest Weapons Buyer

Turkmenistan was Turkey's single largest weapons buyer over the past five years,...

Armenia Proposes Kicking Belarus Out of CSTO

The diplomatic brouhaha over a travel blogger has led to senior officials...

Azerbaijan Makes a Show of Israeli-Russian Blogger’s Extradition

An embattled Israeli-Russian travel blogger was trotted in front of news crews in Baku...

Azerbaijan and Belarus Catch a Blogger, but What Next?

Travel-blogger Alexander Lapshin’s irreverent reviews have left him in the doghouse before,...

Armenia: Boosting Female Presence in Army

It took some time for Lusine Poghosian’s male classmates to adapt to...

Uzbekistan: Officials Strive to Ease Hassles for Tourists

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

Azerbaijan Announces Deal With Israel to Buy Iron Dome

Azerbaijan has reached a deal with Israel to buy the Iron Dome...

Azerbaijan: Netanyahu Visit Boosts Azerbaijani-Israel Ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent official visit to Baku signals that...

Azerbaijan’s Holiday Gambit: Hanukkah, Trump and Netanyahu 

Azerbaijan made a double PR-play on December 14 that could have proven...

Uzbekistan Scraps Tourist Visas for 27 Nations From April

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

Azerbaijan Plans Hanukkah Party at DC's Trump Hotel

You know it’s that time of year again when the government of...

Uzbekistan: Karimova Reprises Father's Dead, Not Dead Act

The oldest daughter of Uzbekistan’s late president and fraud go together like...

Is Azerbaijan Buying Israel's Iron Dome?

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

Azerbaijan Looks to Greater Reliance on Domestically Produced Weapons

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

Russia & Turkey: Putin and Erdoğan Make Up in Istanbul, To a Point

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are...

Kerry: Armenia and Azerbaijan "Not Ready" for Peace

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has created a diplomatic stir...

Struggling Economy Forces Big Defense Spending Cuts in Azerbaijan

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

Azerbaijan: Mountain Jews See Government as Protectors

Beyond Azerbaijan’s bustling capital city of Baku, with its modern skyline now...

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

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

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...

Eyes on Russia amidst Turkey Coup Attempt

Russian politicians and state media sounded sharp alarm about the July 15...

Azerbaijan Claims to be Producing Armed Drone

Azerbaijan claims to be close to fielding a domestically produced armed drone,...

Turkey: Using NATO to Gain Reconciliation with Russia?

After talking a blue streak about using the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...

SCO Continues To Expand, But To What End?

As the 15th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is set to...

Former Petersburg Entrepreneur Recalls a 'Driven' Putin with His Hand Out

Back in the early 1990s, St. Petersburg businessman Maksim Freidzon never would...

Armenia, Azerbaijan Air Grievances Against "Allies"

With Nagorno Karabakh's worst violence in two decades having abated, Armenia and...

Karabakh Fighting Highlights Azerbaijan's New Israeli Weapons

The recent surge of violence in Nagorno Karabakh has brought attention to...

'Gutted Like a Pig': Grieving Mother Takes on Russia's Organ Donation System

When her 19-year-old daughter passed away two years ago after being hit...

Georgia, Tajikistan, Among Countries Most Dependent On U.S. Military Aid

By Pentagon budget standards, the countries of the former Soviet Union are...

Is Kazakhstan Getting Eurasian Union Blues?

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

Tajikistan: Ultra-Conservative Muslim Leader Reportedly Arrested

Police in Tajikistan have reportedly arrested Salafist leader Muhammadi Rahmatullo in what...

Azerbaijan Facing Large Cuts In Defense Budget

Azerbaijan is being forced to cut its defense budget, once the pride...

The Russia-Turkey Spat: The Big Picture

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

Kazakhstan: Well-Connected Tycoon Snaps Up TV Station

One of Kazakhstan’s wealthiest men, Kenges Rakishev, has made a foray into...

Dear Mr. Putin, God Won’t Forgive You For This. Signed, Oleg Kashin

In 1973, the Nobel Prize-winning Russian writer and dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn sent...

Georgia Developing Non-Russian Su-25

Georgia is developing a version of the Su-25 ground attack aircraft that...

Whither Azerbaijan’s Islamists?

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

Eurasian Trade Opportunities in a Post-Sanctions Iran

The Iranian nuclear deal has broad trade implications for Eurasia. The pending...

Tbilisi: Hunt for Zoo Animals Continues, Blame Game Begins

Few places are as silent as a city of 1.2 million the...

Georgia Rolls Out New Armed Drone

Georgia has rolled out a new, domestically produced armed drone, a substantial...

Iran Offers Guns and Friendship to Azerbaijan

Iran and Azerbaijan have made a surprise decision to form a joint...

Azerbaijan: Iran Nuke Deal Would Be a Mixed Bag for Baku

A lot still has to happen before a deal to monitor Iran’s...

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev Goes to Mecca

Yes, you read that right....

Report: Azerbaijan Gets 85 Percent Of Its Weapons From Russia

Azerbaijan was the second-largest arms importer in Europe over the past five...

Officials Cling to Dream of Ukrainian Membership in Kremlin-led EEU

It seems that the apparatchiks who run the Kremlin-led Eurasian Economic Union...

U.S. Jewish Groups Back Azerbaijan Despite Rights Concerns

WASHINGTON -- Azerbaijan has long lauded its relations with pro-Israeli groups that...

Looking at Armenian-Iranian Relations Through a Russian Lens

The late January visit to Armenia by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif...

Ankara Worried About New Arms Embargo From U.S.

The move by the U.S. Congress to deny secondhand warships to Turkey...

U.S. Denies Turkey Leftover Warships

The U.S. Congress has approved the handover of some leftover naval vessels...

Report: Armenia More Militarized than Russia

Armenia ranks third after Israel and Singapore as the world’s most militarized...

Central Asia: Report Shines Light on State Surveillance Practices

Western and Russian companies are helping Central Asian governments build and maintain vast surveillance...

Russia Plans Railway to Iran via Azerbaijan

Russia and Iran, comrades-in-sanctions from the West, are connecting with each other...

Rouhani Visits Baku As Azerbaijan-Iran Conflicts Fade Into Past

Iran President Hasan Rouhani completed a visit to Baku, and while the...

PACE Awards Annual Havel Prize To Azerbaijani Activist

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has awarded its...

Azerbaijan's Opinion-Shaping Campaign Reaches 'The New York Times'

Earlier this month, "The New York Times" published documents demonstrating Azerbaijan's efforts...

Azerbaijan Pursues Drones, New Security Options

Heightened tensions with longtime foe Armenia over breakaway Nagorno Karabakh and mediator...

Azerbaijan Shows Off Military-Industrial Complex At Country's First Weapons Show

Azerbaijan has held the country's first international defense exposition, showing off the...

Iraq´s unravelling and Azerbaijan

The unraveling of Iraq may have some interesting, even alarming implications for...

Azerbaijan Buying Coast Guard Vessels From Israel

Azerbaijan is acquiring 12 new coast guard vessels from Israel and is...

For Some Israelis, "Turkish Coffee" Leaves a Bitter Taste

In Israel, coffee served with sludgy grounds at the bottom of the...

Iran Shoots Down Israeli Drone, Says It Was Launched From Azerbaijan

Iran has blamed a "former Soviet republic to the north" for being...

Turkey: What Would an Erdogan Presidency's Foreign Policy Look Like?

With the battle against the militants of the Islamic State (IS) heating...

In Muslim Azerbaijan, Self-Interest Prompts Support for Israel on Gaza

The Facebook photo showing a hand holding an Azerbaijani passport came with...

Turkey: With Gaza Crisis, Ankara Tries to Rebuild Regional Role

The last few years have seen Ankara's regional role in the Middle...

Azerbaijan: Pursuing a Thaw with Iran?

The recent announcement that Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan will visit Baku...

Russian Expats Wrestle With Dual-Citizenship Dilemma

A new Russian law criminalizing the failure to declare foreign passports has...

Uzbekistan: Bukhara's Jewish Community Could Disappear Within Decade

As the temperature in the shade finally dipped below 40 degrees Celsius, a...

Turkey: The Irritable Mr. Erdogan

Turks are used to seeing their mercurial Prime Minister make a scene...

Azerbaijan, Iran Seeking Closer Military Ties

Tensions between Azerbaijan and Iran have been tense over the past few...

Russia Seeks to Tally Dual Citizens

Russian legislators are tripping over themselves to tighten rules on dual citizenship...

Syrian Refugees Grapple with Adapting to Life in Abkhazia

In 2013, as Syria’s civil war raged, 23-year-old Samar Abaza opted, like...

Crimea: World Cup Own-Goal for Kremlin?

Could 2018 become the new 1980? It might, if recent initiatives aiming...