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South Ossetian Leader Meets with President of Autonomous Serbian Region

On January 25, the chairperson of the National Assembly of the Republic...

Georgia: Are the Police Backsliding?

The reform of Georgia’s law-enforcement apparatus was once the pride of the...

Armenia Nixes Pakistan’s Ties With CSTO

Armenia has blocked Pakistan from becoming an observer in the Collective Security...

Russia: The Clash of Civilizations Comes to Valdai Club

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

Russia's Friends Form New 'Cossack Army' in Balkans

BUDVA, Montenegro -- When the commander of the newly created "Balkan Cossack...

Football in Kazakhstan: A Tale of Two Cities

A spring gust whips dust across the surface of the running track...

Freedom House: Economic Troubles Threaten Stability in Ex-Soviet 'Dictatorships'

In a new report, Freedom House warns that economic woes are threatening...

Kazakhstan: Arshavin Joins Almaty’s Foreign Legion

After weeks of speculation, Andrey Arshavin, the former Arsenal and Russia star,...

The Rise of Europe's New Right

Two faces of Europe's refugee debate squared off this week in Dresden,...

Russia Kicks Off International Army Games With Tank Biathlon, Caspian Contest

Russia has kicked off its inaugural "International Army Games," an Olympic-style competition...

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...

Watchdog Says Press Freedom at Lowest Point in 10 Years

Freedom House says restrictive new laws and violence against journalists resulted in...

Ghosts Of Sochi: Hundreds Killed In Olympic Construction

Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games...

South Stream Ends as West, Russia Clash Over Values

Moscow's surprise announcement it is dropping the South Stream natural-gas pipeline project...

CSTO Chief Accuses U.S. Embassies Of Fomenting Instability In Region

The head of Russia's post-Soviet security bloc said that instability in the...

Russia Wins Tank Biathlon; Next Up, Caspian Naval Biathlon?

Russia hosted -- and won -- the second international tank biathlon competition,...

Russia Follows 'Different Strategy' As Serbia Courts EU

When it comes to European integration in its neighborhood, Russia has a...

Explainer: Is South Stream The Latest Victim Of the Ukraine Crisis?

The Ukraine crisis keeps having unintended consequences. The latest is a setback...

Through CSTO, Moscow Readies For Ideological Battle With West

Russia is gearing up for an ideological battle with the West, using...

Azerbaijan Divided Over Crimea’s Implications for Karabakh Peace

Warily watching Russia’s takeover of Crimea, Azerbaijani officials, politicians and analysts appear...

Russia's Putin, Crimean Leaders Sign Annexation Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders have signed treaties making Ukraine's...

Turkey: The "Erdogan Effect" Hits Ankara's Balkans Diplomacy

While Turkey's foreign policy in the Middle East has faltered over the...

Turkmenistan International Relations

Ashgabat Hosted OSCE International Conference on Energy Security...

Turkmenistan International Relations

Chinese Delegation Holds Talks at Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry...

Call for Applications: UNESCO School in South East Europe - Sustainable Energy Governance in World Heritage Sites

UNESCO, the UN Scientific and Cultural Organization, has put out a call for a...

Georgia: One Darn Thing after Another

Why are there Georgians? Donald Rayfield’s grim history makes one wonder how...

Uzbek-Born Tennis Ace Chases Olympic Dream Under U.S. Flag

It is late June and one of the most anticipated moments on...

Azerbaijan: What’s with Baku’s Serbia Connection?

Azerbaijan has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest and has obtained a seat...

A Euro-Style Recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia's Independence?

After securing support from an archipelago of Pacific island nations for the...

Turkey's Balkan Express Rolls On

In this previous post, I linked to an article about Turkey's growing...

Azerbaijan Abolishes Fines for Hiring Illegal Labor Migrants

Energy-rich Azerbaijan is becoming a regional magnet for illegal labor migrants. The...

Kazakhstan Soccer Shake Up

The Kazakhstan Football Federation is looking for a new boss for the...

Uzbekistan Weekly Roundup

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is sending a...

Turkey's Balkan Express

I missed the RFE/RL article when it first came out last month,...

Georgia Pumped Up about LNG Project with Azerbaijan, Romania

It is being touted as a project that could beat the long-delayed...

Azerbaijan: Baku Backs Idea of a Serbia-Controlled Kosovo

At a December 3 hearing at the International Court of Justice, Azerbaijan...

Caspian Basin: Nabucco Moves Ahead of South Stream in Regional Energy Race

July has seen a sudden reversal of fortune in Caspian and Black...

Caspian Basin: Which Way is Up for Regional Energy Development?

May 15 could become the official birth date of a pipeline that...

Russia: Gazprom's South Stream Pipeline Plans Face Delay

The Kremlin-controlled energy conglomerate Gazprom is pushing back the start date of...

Russia: Gazprom Having Second Thoughts About the South Stream Pipeline?

The Kremlin-controlled energy conglomerate Gazprom is pushing back the start date of...

Georgia: Some Members of US Congress Question Bush Administration Policy Toward Tbilisi

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, seeking to retain the backing of the United...

Diplomatic Standoff over Georgia Heads to Kyiv, Dushanbe

The diplomatic standoff over Moscow's conflict with Tbilisi looks set to move...

Russia and Kazakhstan Strive to Put OSCE Democratization Arm in a Sling

Janez Lenarcic, a Slovenian diplomat, took up his duties at the outset...

Pipeline Politics: Bulgarian Officials Tout Both Nabucco and South Stream Pipelines

The Caspian Basin energy export contest is often portrayed as one in...

Azerbaijan: Did Washington Have a Hand in Stopping Nuclear Shipment Headed for Iran?

Azerbaijan's refusal to release Russian nuclear power plant equipment headed to Iran...

Armenia: Yerevan Rolls Out Its Rhetorical Guns, As Nagorno-Karabakh Peace Process Stumbles

The Nagorno-Karabakh peace process is passing through a rough patch. Armenia has...

Russia and NATO: A Meeting of the Minds on Afghanistan?

During the run-up to the NATO summit in Bucharest, expert attention has...

NATO: Keeping Kosovo from Becoming Entangled with Caucasus Complexities

Kosovo, specifically the impact of its independence on the geopolitical situation in...

Kosovo and Karabakh: How Azerbaijan Sees the Connection

Azerbaijan's decision to withdraw its peacekeepers from Kosovo is playing into a...

Kyrgyzstan Calls On Russia To Stem Tide Of Racial Attacks

Tair Jankirbayev loaded goods in a warehouse in Moscow. Like many of...

Russia Striking Back in Energy Game, Makes Play for Kyrgyz National Gas Company

The Kremlin, via its strategic surrogate Gazprom, is not standing by idly...

Breakaway Republics Look To Advance Statehood At Summit

Representatives of the self-proclaimed republics of Abkhazia, Transdniester, and South Ossetia assembled...

U.S.: Defense Secretary Says 'Nobody Wants A New Cold War'

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with RFE/RL, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert...

Russia Suspends Participation In Key Arms Treaty

President Vladimir Putin has suspended Russian participation in the Conventional Armed Forces...

Bush, Putin To Meet Today To Try Ease Tensions

U.S. President George W. Bush and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, are...

Central Europe: Democracy Report Says New EU, NATO Members 'Backsliding'

The U.S.-based pro-democracy group Freedom House says in its latest report that...

Tbilisi: The Foundry of Reform

Not long after I get to Tbilisi, I'm driving with a group...

Afghanistan: NATO Summit Stresses 'Progress'

NATO members gathered for a summit in Riga have sent an upbeat...

Papal Visit to Turkey Begins

Pope Benedict XVI arrived November 28 in Turkey on perhaps the most...

South Ossetia Holds Independence Referendum

The election commission in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, reporting at...

You Say You Want a Revolution?

Many Georgians experienced a feeling of déjà vu as they watched the...

Uzbekistan: U.S.-Russian-Uzbek 'Secret Mission' To Recover Deadly Uranium

A secret mission by the United States, Russia, and Uzbekistan to secure...

Ilham Aliyev Figures Prominently in Soccer Dispute in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan's national soccer team is preparing to host Finland on September 6...

Kyrgyzstan: OSCE Plans Police Training

The local police chief and the regional governor were dismissed, but it...

NATO: Is the Organization Finished as a Real Alliance?

The 19-member alliance, which defended Western Europe so well during the Cold...

The Politics of "Antifundamentalism"

For well over a year, the Uzbek government has been engaged in...