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South Ossetia

American congressman visits Azerbaijan; was energy security or collusion on the agenda?

A United States congressman is visiting the Caucasus in a show of...

On anniversary of war, Georgians curse Putin

A rowdy rally was held in front of the former Russian embassy...

Georgia’s displaced stuck in crumbling Soviet resort town

In the ruined resort town of Tskaltubo, the Soviet-era hotels were once...

Russia’s Georgian drinking problem

Russia, the world’s biggest drinker of Georgian wine, has threatened to tighten...

Abkhazians appreciate Syrian recognition, no matter the circumstances

Outside Abkhazia’s derelict former parliament, burnt beyond repair during the territory’s secessionist...

Georgia, South Ossetia exchange Magnitsky-like lists

Georgia and its breakaway territories have launched a tit-for-tat blacklist battle in...

Georgia closes airspace to Syrian airlines

Two Syrian airlines have been denied access to Georgian airspace in retaliation...

Georgian vigilantes take on South Ossetia’s creeping border crisis

Russian soldiers hold a position just 250 meters from Georgia's main east-west...

Syria formally recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The Syrian government recognized the independence of Georgia’s breakaway regions Abkhazia and...

Report details increasing trade between Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Informal trade between Georgia and its breakaway territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia,...

Armenia and Azerbaijan compete to attract Iranian cargo

On its heavily fortified border with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Armenia...

Georgia aims at "better future" with breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The Georgian government has unveiled an ambitious new project to reintegrate its...

Georgian President Stumps for More US Support, Details to Follow

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

Deceased Georgian’s Body Still Held in South Ossetia

A protracted tug of war over the body of a Georgian man...

Family Still Waiting for Body of Georgian Killed in South Ossetia

Family members of a Georgian man who died in custody in the...

South Ossetian Police Pressure Investigative Journalist

Government authorities in the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia have pressured...

New Georgian Hospital Aims to Heal, and Win, Abkhazian Hearts and Minds

Two kilometers from the border crossing into breakaway Abkhazia, the village of...

South Ossetian Leader Meets with President of Autonomous Serbian Region

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

Controversial Prisoner Exchange Throws Abkhazian Leadership into Crisis

Abkhazia's release of a Georgian prisoner has resulted in large-scale protests in...

Georgia Kicks Off 2018 with Caucasus Trade Conflict

Three days into 2018, Georgia already is finding it hard to keep...

Russia Aims to Lure South Ossetian, Abkhazian Patients Away from Georgia

A new agreement will encourage residents of Georgia’s breakaway region of South...

Case Continues Against South Ossetian Journalist Accused of “Slandering” Ruling Party

A criminal case against one of South Ossetia's leading civic activists and...

Scottish Town Restores Abkhazian Monument; Calls for "Brotherhood" With Georgia

A Scottish town council has denied reports that it is removing a...

US Approves Long-Sought Sale of Anti-Tank Missiles to Georgia

The State Department has approved the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to...

Abkhazia: Nauru Stays Loyal In Face of U.S. Pressure

The president of the South Pacific island nation of Nauru visited Abkhazia,...

Scottish Memorial Sparks War of Words Between Abkhazia and Georgia

Most of the streets of Sukhumi, capital of the Georgian-claimed secessionist region...

Georgian and Russian Orthodox Church Vow to Jointly Resolve “Abkhazian Schism”

The governments of Georgia and Russia have no formal relations and remained...

Georgia to Promote Abkhaz Language, But Sukhumi Unimpressed

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has announced a new state program aimed...

Bolshevik Squabbles Still Shape the Caucasus

At the end of Leon Avenue, in the capital of Abkhazia –...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

Breakaway South Ossetia is jumping on board with a Russian crackdown against...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

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

Acclaimed Filmmaker’s Trip to Georgia Postponed After South Ossetia Controversy

Serbian film director and musician Emir Kusturica’s upcoming concert in Tbilisi has...

No More Georgian in South Ossetia’s Schools?

The school year has just begun in South Ossetia, but it could...

Georgia Grapples with Wildfires and the Russian Question

Tbilisi asking enemy Russia for help in putting out a devastating, seven-day-long...

On Anniversary of South Ossetia War, Putin Visits Abkhazia

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the breakaway republic of Abkhazia and pledged...

Georgia: Great Expectations Accompany US Vice Presidential Visit

The Trump administration's foreign policy has been, to put it mildly, unpredictable....

Georgia, Azerbaijan Sceptical about Yandex-Uber Rides

Choosing a cab has become an increasingly geopolitically tricky decision in the...

Georgia: Presidential Visit Highlights Hopes, Challenges of Ties With Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko made his first visit to Georgia as Ukraine’s president, as...

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

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

Trump on Georgia's Territorial Integrity: Not Much Interested?

They talked election meddling and...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

Established in 1997, GUAM—a platform named after its members Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan,...

South Ossetia: A “Little Switzerland” for Donbas?

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

Georgia: Reluctant Host for Azerbaijani Dissidents?

For years, Georgia has been a safe harbor for dissidents seeking to...

World's Smallest Island-Nation May Lose US Aid Over Georgia's Breakaways

The tiny Pacific microstate of Nauru may lose US financial support after...

No Ticket to Ride: Georgia Blocks Pro-Kremlin Biker Brigade

The last time a large group of Russian vehicles, revving their engines,...

Georgia: Giving Up on Gazprom for Extra Gas

It’s dated Gazprom and flirted with Iran, but, ultimately, when it comes...

South Ossetia: Voters Opt Against the Kremlin Favorite

Voters in South Ossetia have cast out the territory’s incumbent de facto...

Protests Erupt in South Ossetia as Former President Blocked from Running Again

Upcoming elections for the presidency of South Ossetia have been thrown into...

Georgia to Abandon All Attack Jets, Replace Them With Drones

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

Georgians Get Visa-Free Travel to EU, but to Russia? Not So Fast

After getting the green light for long-awaited visa-free travel to the European...

With New Constitution, Is Karabakh Following in Azerbaijan's Footsteps?

On February 20, the de facto republic of Nagorno Karabakh will hold...

Georgia and Russia Tempt Separatists with a Promise of Europe

One week after the European Parliament granted Georgia visa-free access to the...

Georgia Celebrates as EU Opens Its Doors

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

Ukraine Releases Georgian Soldier Wanted by Russia

Ukraine has released a Georgian soldier whose arrest -- under a Russian...

South Ossetia Keeps Its Military, For Now

South Ossetia's armed forces will become part of the Russian armed forces...

Would South Ossetia, By Any Other Name, Be So Contentious?

The authorities in South Ossetia want to change the name of their...

Kasparov Says Confrontation With West Putin's 'No. 1 Goal'

Kremlin foe Garry Kasparov says President Vladimir Putin is resorting to "external...

Georgia: Disillusion with Establishment Fuels Rise of Populism

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

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

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

Eyes on Russia amidst Turkey Coup Attempt

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

Georgia: Nuclear Smuggling Cases Raise Concern

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

Armenia, Georgia Considered South Ossetia as Trade Route to Russia

“Mimino” truck driver Rubik Khachikian, no doubt, would be proud: Armenian truck...

South Ossetia To Keep Its Army

South Ossetia will keep its army, its de facto president has said,...

Georgian NATO Cooperation Laid Low By Chicken Pox

Georgia has had to drop out of large-scale NATO military exercises because...

Football Tournament for Unrecognized States, Minority Groups Gains Traction

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

Georgia: Attack on Vegan Café Opens New Front in Culture War

Sausage is the new weapon of choice in a simmering culture war...

Georgia: Murder Revives Calls for Tougher Stance on Russia

Despite a public outcry over the brazen murder of a Georgian man by...

Georgia: A Fight Over Family on Family Day

Rockford, Illinois is 5,959 miles (9,590 kilometers) and a total mindset away...

Georgia: NATO and a Woman with a Gun

Ongoing NATO war games in Georgia have elicited not just fears of...

Moldova: Separatist Transnistria Region Reorienting Trade from Russia to EU

In a situation that seems sure to vex the Kremlin, the separatist...

Putin as Peacemaker in Karabakh

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

Nagorno-Karabakh: Trying to Separate Fact from Fiction

When the deadliest fighting in decades broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh in early...

Frozen Conflicts Undermine Nuclear Security

The renewal of armed conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the...

Georgia's Ruling Georgian Dream Shatters Ahead of Parliamentary Vote

This week’s breakup of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition has turned Georgia’s...

U.S. General, Warning Of Russian Aggression, Tells Georgians To Stay NATO Course

The top United States military official in Europe has visited Georgia, promising...

Azerbaijan: Can a Water Reservoir Help Resolve the Karabakh Conflict?

Water, or more accurately access to water, is just another weapon in...

Georgian Military Steps Up Recruiting Among Muslim Minority

Georgia's government is pushing to get more military recruits from the Pankisi...

South Ossetia, Under Russian Protection, Debates Dissolving Its Army

South Ossetia's authorities are fighting among themselves about the future of the...

South Ossetians Now Need KGB Permit to Visit Friends, Family Near Georgian-Controlled Territory

Off-limits for Georgians, the separatist side of breakaway South Ossetia’s boundary with...

Russia Assails ICC For Bias In South Ossetia War Investigation

Russian officials have attacked the International Criminal Court for an anti-Russian bias...

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...

Russia, EU: Who Will Liberalize Visas for Georgians First?

Russia is relaxing its visa requirements for Georgians, possibly trumping the European...

Russia and the EU: The Tale of Two Empires

The differing, imperial-like natures of Russia and the European Union are going...

ICC Prosecutors Allege U.S.-Trained Georgian Units Committed War Crimes

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court have identified Georgian military units trained...

South Ossetia Plans Referendum on Unification with Russia

South Ossetia, a separatist region that sees itself as an independent country,...

Georgia to Push for Broader ICC Inquiry into 2008 War with Russia

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda arrived in Georgia on October 16...

Georgia: U.S. Military Practicing Response To Russian Aggression

The United States is practicing how quickly it can deploy its military...

Georgian And Ukrainian Generals Meet, Discuss Russia

Ukraine's new air force chief is on a visit to Tbilisi to...

Georgia-Russian Wine Relations Again at Risk

Geopolitics rather than terroir may be affecting the quality of Georgian wine,...

Russian Bikers and Billionaire in Karabakh

Pro-Putin Russian bikers, known for their politically incorrect expeditions, have now caused...

Georgia: Move Over, Russia. Here Comes China

China, the world’s largest economy, has set its eyes on Georgia, a...

Georgia Calls for Caution as Tensions Rise with Russia

As anger builds in Georgia over Russia’s latest alleged attempt to redesign...

Georgia: Russia Occupies BP Oil Pipeline

Continuing its game of redrawing borders, Russia has grabbed a 1.5-kilometer-long slice...

Breakaway World Football Cup Comes to Abkhazia

Separatist Abkhazia has been picked as the venue for the wannabe and...

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...

Abkhazia Appoints Russian General As New Army Chief

Abkhazia has appointed a retired senior Russian military officer as its new...

For Victory Day, Post-Soviets Show Their Colors -- Just Not Orange and Black

As the countries of the former Soviet Union prepare, with varying degrees...