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Perspectives | On the importance of being Soviet

Travelling one evening on the train from Astana to Almaty in Kazakhstan,...

Caspian agreement may trigger cascade of energy projects

A convention on the Caspian Sea to be signed at an upcoming...

Russia’s Georgian drinking problem

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

Russia transfers five warships out of Caspian Sea

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

Perspectives | Floating nuclear power plant prepares for launch

Russian officials believe they have come up with an innovative way to...

Russia Picks Fight With Armenia Over Nazi Collaboration

A historical dispute between Armenia and Russia over Armenia's liberation-hero-turned-Nazi-collaborator has reignited,...

Russian TV Backs Down After Calling Armenian Hero "Fascist Collaborator"

A Russian state television station has apologized after airing a segment about...

What if the Soviet Union had not Collapsed?

As states go, the Soviet Union died young. It also never made...

The Specter of Red October Still Haunts the Baltics

The Baltic states followed a unique trajectory following the October Revolution, breaking...

Russia to Build New Home Base for Caspian Flotilla

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

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

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

Tajikistan’s Unity After War: Expectation and Reality

Tajikistan opted for Vahdat, or “unity” in Tajik, as the venue in...

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

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

Russian Beyond Russia

Language is harmfully intertwined with politics these days in Eurasia. The swirling...

China’s Strategy in the Caucasus

When leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia took part in a session titled...

Searching for Putin’s Swedish Friends

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

Central Asians See NATO More as Threat than Protection

Central Asians are more likely to see NATO as a threat rather...

Bucking Trump, His Cabinet Promises Hard Line on Russia

President-elect Donald Trump's nominees for his top foreign policy, defense, and intelligence...

Russia: Geopolitical Gifts Mask an Economic Dilemma for Putin

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

Top Trump Adviser Has Shifting Views on Russia, Eurasia

President-elect Donald Trump's top national security adviser has expressed a variety of...

NATO Agrees to Expand Naval, Air Patrols in Black Sea

NATO has agreed to come up with a "coordination body" to manage...

U.S., Bulgaria to Start Joint NATO Air Patrols

The United States and Bulgaria will conduct joint air patrols for the...

Demographic Divergence

After 25 years of independence, some former Soviet republics are experiencing record...

Russia Brings Military Allies to NATO Border

Russian military exercises near its western borders have become de rigeur over...

With New Deployment, Russia Aims at Air Dominance over Black Sea

Russia has announced the deployment of more advanced air defense systems to...

Georgia Announces End To Military Conscription

Georgia's military has abolished mandatory military service, becoming the first post-Soviet state...

Georgia: Tbilisi Tries to Assuage Germany on EU Visa Waiver

Government leaders in Tbilisi are scrambling to address Germany’s stated concerns that...

Chafing at Sanctions, Moscow Pokes and Pries at EU Unity

Standing before a classical Greek frieze at a press conference in Athens...

Russian, Latvian Hockey Players Love Sharapova Drug, Maker Once Touted

The obscure drug revealed in Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova's failed doping...

U.S. Boosts Aid To Georgia To "Resist Russian Aggression"

The United States would give Georgia a big boost in aid to...

Kyrgyzstan: Major Money Laundering Case Exposed

Anticorruption officials in Kyrgyzstan say they have exposed a $58 million money...

Tbilisi Asking U.S. To Store Weaponry In Georgia

Georgia's government is asking the United States to store some of its...

Possible Russia-West Rapprochement Over Syria Stokes Fears in Europe's East

France's surprise embrace of Russia in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist...

Assessing US-Russian Relations Post-Paris

It would be prudent in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks...

Central Asia Battered by Currency Turmoil

Authorities in Kazakhstan have burned through $414 million over two days in...

Russia "Cordially" Greets U.S. Warship In Black Sea

The United States, Ukraine, and other allies are conducting joint naval exercises...

Moldova: Disillusionment Spreading Among Younger Generations

Moldova is marking its 24th birthday on August 27 with a big...

Russia And Allies Conduct Military Exercises Near Baltics

Troops from Central Asia, Armenia, and Belarus are conducting military exercises with...

NATO: We'll Help Protect Trans-Caspian Pipeline

NATO could get involved in protecting a potential trans-Caspian gas pipeline, which...

Moldova: Pondering Unification with Romania?

Hard times in Moldova are prompting some Moldovans to warm to the...

European Parliament Urges United Front on Russia

The European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution on June 10 that assailed...

Kyrgyzstan Signs Final Eurasian Union Treaty

Kyrgyzstan took another halting step toward joining the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union...

At NATO Meeting Turkey Criticizes Russia, Supports Expanding Alliance

As NATO officials gathered last week in the Turkish beach city of...

Turning Back Time: Putting Putin's Molotov-Ribbentrop Defense Into Context

Russian President Vladimir Putin got the world's attention on May 10 when,...

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...

Balts Say Russian Navy Bullying Undersea Cable Crews

Workers laying a cable beneath the Baltic Sea are on the front...

In Call-In Show, Putin Says Russia Will Not Be U.S. Vassal

President Vladimir Putin has said that Western sanctions are aimed at restraining...

'Slowly, Change is Coming': Life for Women in the Post-Soviet World

From bride kidnapping to the gender pay gap, women in the 15...

Worried About Moscow, Belarus's Lukashenka Drifts Toward Brussels

Alyaksandr Lukashenka isn't known for waxing poetically about the Belarusian language. But...

Embattled Ekho Moskvy’s Long Record of Riling Officials

The doggedly independent Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy is facing an existential crisis...

Kyrgyzstan Has “No Alternative” to Closer Russia Ties – Prime Minister

The slowdown of Russia’s economy is inflicting pain across Central Asia. But...

Mounting Russia-West 'Close Encounters...Ripe with Escalation Potential'

A new report says the number and gravity of "close military encounters"...

NATO Asking U.S. For More Warships

NATO is looking for more U.S. warships to counter the Russian "threat,"...

Citing Russian 'Aggression,' Obama Stands Behind Baltic Security

U.S. President Barack Obama has assured Estonia of U.S. support for regional security...

Is Putin 'Rebuilding Russia' According To Solzhenitsyn's Design?

During an informal question-and-answer session at the pro-Kremlin Seliger youth camp on...

Latvia: Neo-Bolshevik Vexes Government

It's not often that a senior government minister in a European Union...

Putin: We're Not Going To Block U.S. Military Transit

Russia does not intend to block U.S. and NATO military transit routes...

U.S. Proposes Boost In Military Aid For Georgia

The United States is preparing a military aid package of about $35...

Armenia Debates: Is the Grass Greener in Pro-EU Georgia?

It only requires a glance at the dance-floor showdown in the Soviet...

Russia: Muscovites Embrace Learning Central Asian Languages

Hear a man speaking Tajik on Moscow’s fashionable Krymskaya Embankment, and you...

Through Russia’s Cracked Looking Glass, Gorby Was an American Puppet

Amid the frenzy of nationalism stoked by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, many...

Pentagon Making Contingency Plans If Russia Blocks Afghan Transit

The U.S. is already making plans to redirect cargo to Afghanistan if...

As Crimea Crisis Deepens, U.S. Sends Fighters, Warships To Region

In response to the crisis in Crimea, the U.S. has undertaken a...

Negotiations Begin Over New Russian Air Base In Belarus

Russia has taken the first steps toward establishing its first air base...

Uzbekistan Props Up Stolen Car Claims Against Tajikistan

Customs officials in Uzbekistan say they have stopped 20 luxury cars stolen...

Ukraine's East-West Dilemma Evokes Century-Old Memories

It's been nearly a century since Ukraine's last effort to decisively embed...

Uzbekistan: Riga Promises Karimov EU Support, Dodges Human Rights Concerns

During a visit to Latvia this week, Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov got...

An Old Game With New Rules In Russia's Backyard

A former Soviet republic has its sights set on moving closer to...

Turkmenistan International Relations

President Berdymukhamedov Visited Japan...

Russia's Medvedev Makes Nuclear Point to Demotivate Georgia’s NATO Cravings

Moscow on August 6 issued a friendly reminder to Georgia that Russia’s...

Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania: The Bug Pit Interview

How can Georgia both improve relations with Russia while remaining on the...

Uzbekistan Setting Up Checkpoints On New Silk Road

Policymakers from the U.S., Europe, and Central Asia gathered last week in...

Baltics Hope NDN Is Route to Closer Ties with Central Asia

The U.S. embassy in Riga held a ceremony on Tuesday celebrating the...

Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has repeatedly claimed Turkmenistan’s immunity from the global...

Kyrgyzstan: Can Bishkek Afford Legal Fight with Latvian Businessman?

Cash-strapped Kyrgyzstan is gearing up for a legal match it cannot afford...

Turkmenistan Economic News

SOCAR: Classic Nabucco Still an Option SOCAR has publicly disagreed with an...

Georgia: Tbilisi Creating Black List for Soviet Political Elite, KGB Collaborators

Georgia has become the first post-Soviet country outside of the Baltics to...

Interview 180 Transcript: Michael Emerson

Michael Emerson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Brussels-based Centre for...

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

The Pentagon reportedly intends to ship 75 percent of all non-military cargo...

Central Asia: Turkmenistan Could Become Key Cog in NDN Supply Route for Afghanistan

The United States wants to significantly expand traffic on the Northern Distribution...

The Miseducation of Central Asia's Militaries

Training and education is not the sexiest aspect of the military; it's...

Alliance Chief Introduces 'NATO 3.0'

BRUSSELS -- NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has showcased NATO's new strategic...

Gulnara Karimova, U.S. military subcontractor?

The problems with U.S. military supply lines in Pakistan have raised the...

Documents Highlight Problems with Uzbek Corridor of Afghan Supply Route

Responses to a Pentagon-issued request for information about sourcing fuel in Uzbekistan...