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Uzbekistan, Tajikistan talk up new era of amity

For the first time since coming to power in the early 1990s,...

Turkmenistan: Caspian windfall can’t come quickly enough

On August 12, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was in Aktau, Kazakhstan, to take...

Tajikistan fights Islamic State, Interior Minister stages play

With the attention of the world turned to Tajikistan in the wake...

Kyrgyzstan frets over terror plots

Kyrgyzstan is fretting amid claims of a series of terrorist plots and...

Tajikistan and Russia in Pamir military drills first

Tajikistan and Russia are holding military drills in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast,...

Abkhazians appreciate Syrian recognition, no matter the circumstances

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

Attacks in Azerbaijan raise accusations of Islamist extremism, government skullduggery

Two policemen have reportedly been killed in Azerbaijan's second city, Ganja, following...

Kazakhstan, Russia celebrate 20 years of friendship despite the cracks

At the official level at least, Kazakhstan and Russia have been exchanging...

Georgia to extradite Turk involved in killing of Russian pilot

Georgia has arrested a Turkish man allegedly involved in the killing of...

Georgia closes airspace to Syrian airlines

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

Russia transfers five warships out of Caspian Sea

Russia has transferred at least five warships out of the Caspian Sea...

Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge fights “terrorism” stereotypes

“They say we are all terrorists,” says Fatima, a guesthouse owner near...

Uzbekistan still mourns a soccer generation lost to air crash

As a female announcer on Soviet radio read out the day’s soccer...

Syria formally recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia

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

Kazakhstan: Government concerns for media ring hollow

With their country consistently ranked near the bottom of international press freedom...

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

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

Erdoğan calls for ‘common sense’ from new Armenian government

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this week called on Armenia to show...

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...

Tajikistan unplugs internet users on officials’ whim

Countless internet users in Tajikistan were knocked offline for much of April...

Kazakhstan gets Russian flak over UN Syria vote

Indignation is brewing in nationalist quarters in Russia over Kazakhstan’s recent decision...

US says Central Asia-focused ISIS recruiter killed in airstrike

The main alleged recruiter of Central Asian nationals into the ranks of...

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)...

Perspectives | The End of the Power Vertical? Corruption and Stagnation in Putin's Fourth Term

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly promised to tackle corruption. But in...

Kazakhstan to Spend $840M on Countering Religious Extremism

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

Georgians Fear Visa-Free Travel to Europe in Jeopardy

A year ago, when the European Union declared that Georgian citizens could...

Fear, Silence Weigh on Turkey's Armenians after Failed Coup

Aruş Taş, a silversmith in Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar, has witnessed decades...

Turkey's Afrin Operation Draws in Armenians, Azeris

As Turkey’s military intervention in Kurdish-majority Afrin, Syria, entered its third week,...

China Denies Plans to Build Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

China has formally denied reports that it is building a military base...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Is Monitoring of Occupied Territories Back on the Table?

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to increase the size of the international...

Grozny Mayor In Georgia, Reportedly for Security Talks

A prominent Chechen official has reportedly been visiting Georgia for secret security...

Armenia Recognizes IS Massacres of Yezidis as Genocide

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

Royal Role Models: Historical Revisionism in Russia and Turkey

Like his counterpart in Russia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is looking...

Karabakh: More (Relative) Calm Ahead in 2018?

2017 began with dire predictions for Nagorno Karabakh....

Georgia: Security Forces' Killing of Teenager Runs Risk of Alienating Isolated Muslim Region

A teenager shot during the counter-terrorism operations in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge has...

Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

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

Tajikistan: International Callers Hit by Move to Throttle Hi-Tech

Ilhom Nodirov, 25, has been working in Berlin for the past three...

Kyrgyzstan: The Quiet Success of an Islamic Woman’s Group

Every week, hundreds of women trickle in and out of Dilyarom Hamrakulova’s...

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...

Uzbekistan: A Breeding Ground for Terrorism?

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

Karabakh: Syrian Refugees Flee One War Zone for Another

About 20,000 Syrian refugees have settled in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh since the...

As Russian Military Exercises in Armenia, Is Syria on its Mind?

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led military bloc, is carrying out...

Russia to Build New Home Base for Caspian Flotilla

Russia is planning to create a new home base for its Caspian...

Pentagon Looking to Georgia to Help Arm Syrian Rebels

The United States negotiated with Georgia to buy weapons for Syrian rebel...

Murky Azerbaijani Flights to Syria: Whistleblowing or Black PR?

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

Russia & Turkey: The Arms Deal that Signals the Age of Pragmatism

If any single arms deal can capture the shifting nature of Russian...

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...

Central Asia’s Catechism of Cliché: From the Great Game to Silk Road

When people ponder the history of Central Asia, they tend to have...

Turkey’s Black Sea Policy: Navigating Between Russia and the West

“[Istanbul] holds an absolute dominion over the Black Sea. By one door...

Azerbaijan: Russia Stopped Us From "Breaking Armenia's Resistance" in 2016

Russia intervened to stop Azerbaijan's advances in last year's conflict with Armenia,...

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

They talked election meddling and...

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...

Why Russian Ultranationalists Confronted Their Own Government on the Battlefields of Ukraine

On a snowy January day in 2016, a small crowd assembled in...

Kyrgyzstan: Alleged Chinese Embassy Attackers Jailed, Questions Linger

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

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Under Right Conditions, Open to Deployment to Syria

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have denied that they are in talks to send...

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 Holds Military Exercises in Tajikistan -- But Why Not With CSTO?

Russia and several of its allies, including Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, are...

Kyrgyzstan: President Bashes Russian Migrant-Phobia

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

Turkey-Armenia Ties Growing, Even As Historical Dispute Thwarts Reconciliation

A hundred or so mourners gathered on April 24 beneath heavy clouds...

Trump's Strikes on Syria a Big Hit in Caucasus

The United States missile strikes on Syria have gladdened pro-Western hearts among...

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

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

Will There Be a Georgian Invasion of Europe?

Easter brings to Tbilisi the blessing of fewer people and less traffic,...

Russia: Metro Bombing Raises Alarm on Central Asia Terror Link

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

Searching for Putin’s Swedish Friends

Dissatisfied with the mainstream media, Sweden’s old left and alt-right find common...

Azerbaijan: Government Watchdog Transforms Into Attack Dog

An hour into an interview, Eynulla Fatullayev pulls out a cigarette and...

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,...

Russian Cyber Operations: 2017 and Beyond

As Russia's alleged cyber-intrusions into U.S....

Kazakhstan Going Into Soft Power Overdrive

Kazakhstan made the front pages of international newspapers last month when it...

Brexit & Trump Equals Bad News for Balkans

Donald Trump’s rise to power, combined with the UK’s decision to leave...

Kazakhstan: The Labor Crackdown and Possible Unintended Consequences

Things are getting serious again in western Kazakhstan. This oil-rich region on...

Trump’s Ukrainian Blunder: Geopolitical Deja Vu

US President Donald Trump is poised to make one of the gravest...

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...

Team Trump on Russia: Words and Actions

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has picked his Cabinet members and advisors. Here...

Russia: Geopolitical Gifts Mask an Economic Dilemma for Putin

As Russia prepares to celebrate Orthodox Christmas, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has...

Kazakhstan: Security Services Waging War on Extremists

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

Separating Fact from Fiction in Russia’s ‘Information Wars’

The flurry of hacking, paranoia and fake news which preceded the biggest...

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...

Kazakhstan: 7 Aktobe Gunmen Get Life in Prison

A court in the the city of Aktobe on November 28 sentenced...

Russia: Will Trump Become the Kremlin’s “Icebreaker”?

Be careful of what you wish for; it might come true. This...

Jubilation, Caution, Concern as Russia Reacts to 'Great American Revolution'

MOSCOW -- As the news of Donald Trump's upset victory in the...

Russia: The Clash of Civilizations Comes to Valdai Club

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

Kazakhstan: Almaty Shooting Spree Trial Comes to a Close

The trial in Kazakhstan of a man accused of embarking on a...

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

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

Tajikistan: Would-Be Islamic State Plotter Jailed, “Victim” in the Dark

A 26-year old man in Tajikistan has been sentenced to 13 years...

In TV Interview, Few Cracks in Facade of Russia-Azerbaijan Ties

During a largely friendly interview with Russian state media, Azerbaijan President Ilham...

Kazakhstan: Trial Into Aktobe Violence Opens

The trial began in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe on October...

Base Bluster: Doubts Cloud Russian Talk of Far-Flung Military Outposts

MOSCOW -- As ties between Moscow and Washington plunge to new lows...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Embassy Attack Still Mired in Mystery

It will take some time before a satisfactory line is drawn under...

Is the CSTO Preparing for Peacekeeping in Syria?

Russia's post-Soviet security bloc, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, has held discussions...