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Tajikistan: Saudis to acquire stake in troubled bank

An investment fund from Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy a controlling...

Reports: Pakistan pushes through accelerated plan for TAPI

Depending on whom you believe, the TAPI pipeline is either going to...

Uzbekistan throws party for Afghanistan talks, Taliban skips

It has been many a year since Uzbekistan’s capital has seen such...

Perspectives | Contrasting the Media in America and Russia

Both Russian and American media have come under scrutiny in the United...

Turkmenistan: TAPI Deadline Pushed Back to 2022?

The government of Turkmenistan has regularly stated it expects the trans-Afghan TAPI...

TAPI Enters Afghan Phase with Little Cash and Many Problems

It is the natural gas pipeline project that many have long said...

Uzbekistan Takes Another Stab at Visa Rules Shakeup

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

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

The first specialized academy of higher learning in Uzbekistan devoted exclusively to...

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

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

The Many Languages of Islam in the Caucasus

While visiting Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge towards the end of the second Chechen...

Iranian FM Goes to Tajikistan on Mission to Patch Up Relations

Iran’s foreign minister has embarked on a curious mission to Tajikistan, possibly...

Tajikistan: Saudis Give Loans to Build Schools, But Why?

Saudi Arabia has pledged to fund to build 66 schools in Tajikistan...

Tajikistan: Saudis Brag About Pushing Out Iran

Middle Eastern rivalries are playing out in Tajikistan....

Putin’s Surprise Myanmar Challenge from Chechnya

Ramzan Kadyrov has called himself a foot soldier in Putin’s army, but...

Murky Azerbaijani Flights to Syria: Whistleblowing or Black PR?

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

Tajikistan Accuses Iran of Assassination Campaign in Foreign Policy Gambit

Despite the close cultural connection that Tajikistan has with Iran, Dushanbe seems...

Kazakhstan: Language Students Land in Egyptian Jails

When a group of students from Kazakhstan traveled to Egypt to improve...

Kazakhstan Set to Drift Away from OPEC Deal

Kazakhstan is, as expected, bracing to drift away from its role in...

Tajikistan: Stepping Away From Iran, To Saudi Arabia

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

Will the Great Gulf Game Spill Over Into the Caucasus?

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

Uzbekistan: President Appeals to Muslims "Gone Astray"

The custom in Uzbekistan has for many years been to speak about...

Uzbekistan: Change of Tune Coming on Roghun Dam?

A top lawmaker in Uzbekistan has made public statements that may signal...

Kazakhstan: Oil Output to Go Up Despite OPEC Pledges

Kazakhstan’s energy officials are continuing to officially confirm to the public what...

As Islamic Games Open, Azerbaijan Wrestles With Muslim Identity

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

Washington’s Tool Box Is Empty When It Comes to Russia & Iran

A piece in the Wall Street Journal not too long ago indicated...

Uzbekistan: Is Hike in Mecca Pilgrimage Quota Another Sign of Thaw?

Later this month, groups of Muslim pilgrims from Uzbekistan will begin making...

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

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

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

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

Tajikistan: Bogus Vanishing, Thrashing Pile Misery on Bank

Barely day passes at Tajikistan’s most troubled bank without some grim or...

Tajikistan: President Pleads for Cash From World's Muslims

Ever the optimist, Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon is again pleading with the...

Kyrgyzstan: Government Continues Circling No. 1 Investor

Kyrgyzstan’s largest investor, mining company Centerra Gold, received a reprieve when a...

Tajikistan Jails Leading Salafist Figure

A court in Tajikistan has sentenced the leader of an ultraconservative Islamic...

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...

Istanbul Airport Terror: Attack on a Bridge between Worlds

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

Tajikistan: Top Former Warlord, Rahmon Antagonist Sprung from Jail

One of the most notorious figures in Tajikistan’s post-independence history and a...

Kazakhstan: Aktobe Officials Claim Major Successes Against Islamic Radicals

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

Georgia Signs Deal To Sell Guns To UAE

Georgia's growing defense industry has made its second export sale, this time...

Georgia: Could Honey Sweeten Tbilisi’s EU Dreams?

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

Tajikistan Escapes Sanctions Thanks To Its "Important National Interest" To U.S.

The United States has for the first time formally designated Tajikistan as...

Tajikistan: Fashion at Heart of Anti-Islamic Culture War

Even with his country falling into economic ruin, the deputy head of...

Tajikistan: Prayer Leaders Detained in Latest Anti-Islam Offensive

For the first time in Tajikistan, mosque prayer leaders have been arraigned...

Tajikistan: Hopes of Iranian Bounty May Be Dashed By Baggage

Less than a month after Tajikistan’s top government-sanctioned Islamic cleric condemned Iran...

Tajikistan: Ultra-Conservative Muslim Leader Reportedly Arrested

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

Georgia, Kazakhstan Announce First Big Arms Export Deals

Georgia and Kazakhstan have both announced the first major arms sales of...

Azerbaijan: Is Taleh Bagir-zade Baku’s Sheikh Al-Nimr?

The Muslim world continues to reverberate from the shock created by Saudi...

Tajikistan's First Lady Set to Become First Lady of Muslims

While never passing on an opportunity to bash strict Muslims, Tajikistan’s leaders...

Tajikistan: Age Limit for Hajj Increased

Fresh from President Emomali Rahmon’s visit to Mecca, the government in Tajikistan...

Iran Shrugs Off Conflict With Tajikistan, Signs Security Deal

Iran has shrugged off a rhetorical assault waged by Tajikistan's government and...

Tajikistan: Iran Gives Warm Welcome to Exiled Opposition Leader

Authorities in Tajikistan are fuming at Iran about the potential negative fallout...

Tajikistan’s Islam-Averse Leader Goes to Mecca

In a striking change of tack from his regular aversion to all...

Central Asia Spurning All Anti-Terror Coalition Suitors

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

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

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

Russia’s ISIS Claims Do Little to Dent Turkey

Propaganda about ISIS oil has become Moscow’s tactical weapon of choice in...

Georgia's DefMin Takes Aim At State Defense Industry

Georgia's defense minister has publicly criticized the country's state-owned arms manufacturer, saying...

Uzbekistan Buying European Military Planes? Photos Say Yes.

Uzbekistan appears to have bought four military transport aircraft from Airbus, as...

Georgia Rolls Out New Armed Drone

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

Tajikistan Spending $100m on a Theater, but Where Are the Theatergoers?

Tajikistan is a donor-dependent state, but that does not stop President Emomali...

With Swelling Population, Tajikistan Plans New City From Scratch

Faced with a bulging population, Tajikistan’s government plans to build an entire...

Tajikistan Says Rusal Backing Off $375m Claim

Talco, the company behind Tajikistan’s largest factory, is nearing a deal that...

Kyrgyz Anti-Vaxxers Leave Health In God's Hands

All but declared dead a few years ago, measles is back in...

Azerbaijan and the EU: Bogged Down in Acrimony

Relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan are taking a nose-dive, highlighting...

The Fight to Reclaim Pankisi

Georgia’s poverty-stricken northeast valley is struggling to dump its label as a nest of terrorists...

Azerbaijan: Time to Address the Potential Salafi Danger

Earlier in October, Azerbaijani news media reported the death of a professional...

Lavrov Lays Out Russia's New, China-Centric Foreign Policy Line

Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, gave a tour d'horizon of his country's...

Saudi Arabia To Buy Georgian Armored Vehicle?

A Georgian armored vehicle is a finalist in a tender for the...

Turkmenistan Still Pointing Pilgrims Away from Mecca

For most Muslims the pilgrimage to Mecca is a sacred duty to...

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

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

Azerbaijan and the West´s Rapprochement with Iran

The brewing rapprochement between the United States and Iran, signified by the...

Azerbaijan: Baku Wrestles With a Syria-Salafi Connection

As the Syrian civil war nears its third anniversary, Azerbaijanis fighting for...

Tracking Central Asians' Trails To Jihad In Syria

SUZAK VILLAGE, Kyrgyzstan -- Mekhribbon has lived a mother's nightmare since she...

Kazakhstan Cook Off: Chefs Play with Horse Meat

Kazakhstan is not famous as a destination for gourmets, but a few...

News Analysis: Global Energy Shifts Threaten To Leave Russia In The Lurch

A shiny new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal is set to open...

Turkmenistan Domestic Developments

President of Turkmenistan Took Part in New Hotel Inauguration in Avaza The...

Azerbaijan: Fake Secularism and the Political Future

A topic that has not received the attention it deserves during Azerbaijan’s...

Turkmenistan International Relations

Delegation of Turkmenistan Attend 68th Session of UN General Assembly...

Turkmenistan Economic News

Turkmenistan Reviews Results of Eight Month Socio-economic Development...

Georgia: Bouncing Along on a Retail Bubble?

Georgians love to shop, and high-end retailers are paying attention. But economic...

Azerbaijan: Islam Comes with a Secular Face

While there are numerous touchstones of tension in Azerbaijan, including corruption and...

Turkey: Relations with Egypt Go from Bad to Bizarre

As discussed in a previous post, Turkey's vocal criticism of the recent...

Turkey: When Erdoğan Looks at Egypt’s Morsi, Does He See Himself?

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is critical of Egypt’s military for...

Russian Military Cannot Vacation in the US, Georgia and Other Unreliable Countries

For the Russian military, any reconciliation with Georgia, it seems, will not...

Central Asian Children Keep Ramadan Caroling Alive

Ramadan fasting in Tashkent was nearly over on the evening of July...

Kazakhstan: Astana Mulls Expansion of Anti-Terror Controls

News of a foiled terrorist plot to blow up civilian targets in...

Turkmenistan International Relations

EU-Turkmenistan Human Rights Dialogue: Official EU Statement...

Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

Leaked videos of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s tumble at a horse race...

Turkmenistan International Relations

Foreign Ministries of Turkmenistan and Switzerland Hold Consultations in Ashgabat...