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Kazakhstan and Corruption: Young Blood, Old Habits

Sometimes a corruption case is about more than just the corruption....

Kyrgyzstan: Arrested MP Found to Have Kazakh Citizenship

The scandal involving a Kyrgyz lawmaker arrested in Kazakhstan last week on...

Armenia Wonders: Are We At Risk From US Sanctions?

The United States has reportedly notified Armenia and other countries that they...

Armenian Olympic Skier Finds Himself With No Skis

Armenia’s only alpine skier at the Winter Olympic games in South Korea...

Kazakhstan Changes Its Alphabet. Again!

Kazakhstan has barely had time to start getting used to its new...

Tajikistan: Grandson of Opposition Leader Denied Medical Treatment

The family members of an exiled opposition politician from Tajikistan have said...

Kazakhstan: Tokmadi Murder Plea Only Creates More Mystery

Murathan Tokmadi, a prominent businessman arrested in Kazakhstan last year on suspicion...

Diversity Declines in Georgia's Southwestern Mountains

For centuries, mountainous southwestern Georgia lay at the crossroad of the Ottoman,...

Tajikistan Debt Crosses a Red Line

Tajikistan’s external debt reached $2.9 billion at the start of 2018, crossing the...

Kyrgyz Lawmakers Mull Forcing Officials to Wear Kalpaks

A pair of lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have drafted a legislative bill that...

Kazakhstan Steps Up Campaign Against Ultra-Orthodox Islam

A good Muslim should look the part – legislation now being pushed...

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Border Impasse: Finding a Way Out of a Tight Spot

The districts of Batken and Lelik are tucked away in a southwest...

Perspectives | A Guide to Central Asia's Sacred Spaces

Władysław Bukowiński, a Polish priest born in what is now Ukraine, was...

Sewage Protest Causes a Stink in Yerevan City Council Meeting

A Yerevan City Council meeting turned violent on February 13 after two...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: Ecologists Run Billboard Experiment to Test Dirty Air

An environmental group in Kyrgyzstan’s capital is running an unusual experiment to...

Azerbaijan: Small Bookstore Owner Describes Hostile Takeover by Powerful Minister

Nigar Kocharli opened her first bookstore – a small space in a...

Azerbaijan President Calls for Return to “Historic Lands” in Armenia

Azerbaijan's president has claimed that large parts of Armenia's territory are Azerbaijan's...

Georgian Government on Defensive in Journalist Kidnapping Case

Released from prison for a day to attend a memorial service for...

Private Jet Sparks Debate on Influence of Business over Armenian Politics

Armenia’s prime minister flew to the World Economic Forum in Davos using...

A Portrait of Tajikistan’s Distant, Unloved Highlands

A sign above the entrance to the local highways department office in...

Controversy Dogs Rollout of Saakashvili’s Book in Armenia

A memoir by former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has received a rocky...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

“To be a Eurasianist should be cool, it should be stylish.”...

Report: Uzbekistan Case Against Jailed Reporter to Be Dropped

A rights activist in Uzbekistan has claimed that sedition charges against reporter...

Turkey's Afrin Operation Draws in Armenians, Azeris

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

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,...

Something Brewing: Georgia’s Tea Renaissance

“Tea,” our friend Lasha indicated with a head nod, driving past fields...

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

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

Tbilisi Metro Collapse Evokes Memories of the Dark 90s

A suspended ceiling in a Tbilisi metro station collapsed on January 30,...


Perspectives | Is the Eurasian Belt and Road Headed toward a Rate Wrangle?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative may be in its infancy,...

Tajikistan Converts 2,000 Mosques Into Public Facilities

Tajikistan last year converted 2,000 mosques into facilities for general public use...

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

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

Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

Three men in plain white face masks gaze into the camera as...

As Uzbekistan’s Last Stalinist Politician Exits Scene, What Next?

The morning in Uzbekistan began, fittingly enough, with an earthquake....

Georgian-Russian Opera Singer Performs in Abkhazia, Scandal Ensues

Renowned opera singer Giorgi Todua, a Georgian with Russian citizenship, performed at...

Tajikistan: Roghun to Begin Producing Power on President’s Day

The first turbines at Tajikistan’s Roghun hydropower plant are set to go...

To Bury, or Not to Bury? Russia Undecided about Legendary Hadji Murad’s Skull

A head severed almost 180 years ago is causing a stir in...

Tajikistan Resumes Building Turkmenistan-China Pipeline

Work has resumed in Tajikistan on construction work on a natural gas...

Kyrgyzstan: Freeze Turns to Hot Fury Over Bishkek's Power Plant Failure

Aigul Dogdurova, a 43-year old native of Bishkek, cannot remember anything like...

Azerbaijan: Painting With Oil – No, Not that Oil

One day, when he was seven years old, Sabir Chopuroglu's parents brought...

Uzbekistan: Contentious Figure Takes Over Top Boxing Post

Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman from Uzbekistan who has been linked by US...

Survey: Armenians' Attitudes Toward Azerbaijan Increasingly Hardening

People in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh are increasingly opposed to making any...

Kyrgyzstan: Capital Freezes as Power Plant Breaks Down

Residents of Kyrgyzstan’s capital endured a teeth-shatteringly cold weekend following a malfunction...

Georgia’s Communists, With Chinese Help, Fight to Preserve Stalin’s Press

Deep in Tbilisi’s Avlabari district sits an old, derelict wooden house. Beneath...

Kazakhstan: Morality Mavens Monitoring Women

A new superhero called Uyatman appeared on the scene in Kazakhstan a...

Tajikistan: Exiled Opposition Politician Returns Home

A prominent opposition politician from Tajikistan has returned home for a brief...

Tajikistan: Is Islamic Banking the Future?

Many of Tajikistan’s traditional banks are wobbling due to years of chronic...

Kazakhstan: Dutch Court Lifts $22B Freeze on National Fund Assets

A court in the Netherlands has lifted a freeze of $22 billion...

Georgia: US-Funded Media Outlet Grapples with Controversy

An in-house controversy within Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is spilling into the...

Kyrgyzstan: Music Teacher Suspended Over Alleged Sex Tape

Culture officials in Kyrgyzstan have suspended a respected singing teacher at the...

Perspectives | Uzbekistan & Tajikistan: Catalysts for a Regional Water Solution?

The continuing rapprochement between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan could provide a boost to...

Kazakhstan Succumbs to Arctic Chill

Northern Kazakhstan has succumbed to glacial conditions so extreme that is startling...

Armenia Recognizes IS Massacres of Yezidis as Genocide

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

Kazakhstan: Businessman a Hostage in Astana-Ablyazov Feud?

Without warning one evening in November, agents from Kazakhstan’s security services mobbed...

Academic Freedom in Tajikistan Endangered: What is to be Done?

Academic freedom is imperiled in Tajikistan, and determined action by the international...

Behind Uzbekistan’s Bus Tragedy, a Story of Grinding Despair

A tiring, uncomfortable bus trip to Russia ended in tragedy for 52...

Kyrgyzstan: Crime Boss Leaves Prison After Serving Just One Year

A court in Kyrgyzstan has ordered the early release of a notorious...

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

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

Kyrgyzstan: Showcase Highway Project Stuck in Funding Jam

The Issyk-Kul highway was supposed to demonstrate that Kyrgyzstan was capable of...

Armenian Defense Minister Crowdfunds Soldier's Surgery

The Armenian defense minister's attempt to crowdfund money for a wounded soldier's expensive...

Of Saakashvili, His Son and Khinkali

Khinkali and Mikheil Saakashvili are among Georgia's best known brands. Combine the...

Turkmenistan Bans Sex, Drugs and Violence on TV

Turkmenistan has adopted broadcasting legislation that in effect bans the depiction on...

Kazakhstan Splurges on Popularizing Latin Alphabet

It is probably safe to say most people in Kazakhstan are decidedly...

Georgia: Gamsakhurdia Biopic Sidesteps Post-Soviet Politics

Deserted by friends, pursued by his enemies, with reality escaping his grip,...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Vows New Breakthrough in US Ties

The visit of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Washington has generated a...

Iran's Caspian Flagship "Seriously Damaged"

The flagship of Iran's Caspian naval fleet has been seriously damaged, and...

Royal Role Models: Historical Revisionism in Russia and Turkey

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

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Travels to US for Working Visit

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has begun a three-day trip to the United...

Uzbekistan: Security Service Personnel to be Removed from Embassies

The president of Uzbekistan has embarked on another sally against the powerful...

Azerbaijani Journalist Abducted in Georgia Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Azerbaijani investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who went missing in Tbilisi in May...

Karabakh: More (Relative) Calm Ahead in 2018?

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

Azerbaijani Teacher Fired After Call for Peace with Armenia

In late December, a group of men from a nationalist organization broke...

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

The United States planned a large increase in special forces training programs...

Has Copyright Become a New Weapon Against Online Media?

YouTube’s copyright rules are being abused by the Azerbaijan government in an...

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...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central...

Georgia: Pankisi Counter-Terror Raid Sparks Controversy

A counter-terrorism raid by Georgian security forces has sparked accusations of excessive...

Uzbekistan: President Announces Fence-Mending Visit to Tajikistan

The president of Uzbekistan announced over the weekend that he is preparing...

Report: China Building Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

China is building a military base for the Afghan armed forces in...

Georgia Kicks Off 2018 with Caucasus Trade Conflict

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

Tajikistan Limits Access on Popular Messaging App

Users in Tajikistan of the popular messaging app Viber have reported they...

Kazakhstan: Taxi Industry a Bellwether for the Economy

By Central Asian standards, Almaty has long been considered an expensive city....

Tajikistan: Prosecutors Investigate Legality of Telecoms Restrictions

Prosecutors in Tajikistan are investigating the circumstances around the recent ban on...

Uzbekistan: Jailed Entrepreneur Keeps Faith in the System

A scroll through Olim Sulaimanov’s Facebook page suggests nothing of a man...

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

Crimea is becoming a growing financial burden for the Russian government. Under...

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

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

Uzbekistan: President Calls for Clipping Security Services' Wings

The president of Uzbekistan called in a wide-ranging and consequential four-hour speech...

Tajikistan: Searching for Food Security

Uzbekistan’s recent efforts to reform its cotton-production system have caught the attention of...

Five Peculiar Soviet Cartoons for the Holidays

Since it’s that time of year again, readers with (or without) an...

Armenia, Turkey Trade Blame After Yerevan Abandons Protocols

Turkey and Armenia are trading accusations over responsibility for the apparent end...

Iran Denies Compromise on Caspian Division

Iran has denied Russian claims that it has agreed on how to...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: Top Official Quits Over Bomb Scare

A high-ranking official in Kyrgyzstan announced his resignation on December 21 after...

Kazakhstan: US Bank Freezes $22Bln in National Fund Assets

A leading US bank has frozen $22 billion worth of assets belonging...

Georgia: Dam Threatens Traditional Svan Way of Life

On his land in the Svaneti mountains, Zaza Vibliani shows off his...

High-Tech Baby Bed Unveiled in Armenia

A new Armenian-made “smart crib” that can sing lullabies, tell stories and...

Kyrgyzstan Takes Authoritarian Turn With Renewed Assault on Media

Officers with Kyrgyzstan’s anticorruption agency moved to shut down an opposition-owned television...

Tajikistan: Major Debtors to Collapsed Bank Detained

The state anticorruption agency in Tajikistan has detained three major debtors to...

The Belt and Road through Eurasia: Who Wins and How?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative will have its winners and...

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

The new National Security Strategy of the United States portrays the Caucasus...