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Armenian Olympic Skier Finds Himself With No Skis

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

Tajikistan Resumes Building Turkmenistan-China Pipeline

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

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Vows New Breakthrough in US Ties

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

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

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

Report: China Building Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

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

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

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

Kyrgyzstan Orders Deportation of AFP Central Asia Correspondent

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have ordered the deportation of the Central Asia correspondent...

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Kazakhstan: Is New Military Doctrine Response to Russia or the West?

In late September, Kazakhstan adopted its fifth military doctrine....

Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

Turkey has accepted the last of thousands of Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine...

China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

China is expected to be a major presence at the 28th meeting...

Uzbekistan Strikes Multibillion Dollar Deals in Korea, Seeks Mining Help

In his latest foray in the mission to reopen his nation to...

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...

Kazakhstan, Paradise Papers: Offshore Propped Up by Bailed-out Bank

A trove of documents obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung has shed...

Full Steam Ahead: Long-Awaited Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Opens

The launch of a new railway in the South Caucasus has the...

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge

Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater,...

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Election Produces First-Round Winner

Kyrgyzstan has chosen a new president, but it remains to be seen...

South Korea Looking for Ways to Boost Central Asian Trade

South Korean officials have established an agency to deepen the country’s trade...

Kyrgyzstan: Competitive Presidential Election Heavy on ‘Kompromat’

For the first time in Central Asia’s post-Soviet history, one elected president...

Azerbaijan Sues French Journalists, In France, For Defamation

Two French reporters appeared in a Parisian court on September 5 to...

Kyrgyzstan: Revamped Transnational Gas Pipeline Unveiled

In a ceremony in Bishkek, top government officials in Kyrgyzstan and the...

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutions Thin Ranks of Presidential Contenders

Two major names in Kyrgyzstani politics have been sentenced to long terms...

Kyrgyzstan: Officials Shackle Journalists with Giant Libel Damages

In order to silence critics of Kyrgyzstan’s president, prosecutors earlier this year...

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...

Mongolia Gets On Board with China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road is putting pressure on Mongolia to resolve a...

Tajikistan: Border Incidents Highlight Drug Trafficking Threat

Border guards in Tajikistan have said two drug traffickers were killed in...

Atambayev Offers Russia to Build Training Base in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is against the expansion of the existing Russian airbase in the...

Kazakhstan’s Expo: Vanity Fair or Imprint of the Future?

Recycling trashcans are everywhere you look at the Future Energy EXPO in...

Russia In Talks With Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Over Military Deployment to Syria

Russia is in talks with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan about sending troops to...

Kyrgyzstan: Most Competitive Presidential Race in Country’s History Taking Shape

When Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister and presidential contender Sooronbai Jeenbekov was serving as...

Kyrgyzstan Investigates Journalist for Reporting on Ethnic Tensions

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have initiated a criminal case for “inciting ethnic...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

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

Kazakhstan: Global Retailer Leader Carrefour Down and Out

When giant French retailer Carrefour arrived in Kazakhstan, it was deemed an...

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

When Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited Washington in early May and...

Uzbekistan Banks on Russian Oil for New Refinery

Uzbekistan revealed in late April that it had begun building a new...

Uzbekistan: President's China Trip Yields Giant Rewards

Uzbekistan’s president went to China last week with great hope of landing...

New Bank Serves as Financial Catalyst for Central Asia’s “Belt and Road” Development

A two-day summit to unveil what China is portraying as the infrastructure...

Central Asia: Challenges Ahead for China’s Belt and Road Project

China’s bid to expand its economic presence in Eurasia – embodied in...

Russia: Petersburg Metro Blast Sets Off Hunt for Central Asian Terrorists

There is work under way to lay down new water pipes near...

The US “Offshore” Industry and the Eurasian Connection

In Cheyenne, Wyoming, a small brick-faced house sits between a Greek Orthodox...

U.S. Boosts Special Forces Training in Central Asia

The United States has stepped up its trainings of elite military units...

Uzbekistan: Leader Pays Bridge-Building Visit to Turkmenistan

The president of Uzbekistan’s maiden foreign trip, to Turkmenistan, may prove a...

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...

Kyrgyzstan: Former PM to Run for President

A former prime minister in Kyrgyzstan has declared he plans to run...

Uzbekistan: Officials Strive to Ease Hassles for Tourists

After seeing much of Europe and countless beaches in Southeast Asia, Dmitry...

Russia’s Colonial Allergy

“The history of Russia is the history of a country that colonizes...

Top Trump Adviser Has Shifting Views on Russia, Eurasia

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

Can Taylor Swift Help Keep Afghanistan Moving Forward?

Proliferating blast walls and security checkpoints have transformed the Afghan capital, Kabul,...

At the Movies: Azerbaijan’s ‘Ali and Nino’ Depicts Sugar-Sweet Caucasus

A screen adaptation of the South Caucasus’ famous love story, Ali and Nino, promoted...

Chinese PM Visits Bishkek as Embassy Bombing Remains Unsolved

China's prime minister, on a visit to Bishkek, called the security situation...

Central Asia: Traveling the Great Game Borderlands

Three of Central Asia’s republics, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, border Afghanistan along...

Azerbaijan Looks to Greater Reliance on Domestically Produced Weapons

With an array of new, domestically produced weapons, including sniper rifles, machine...

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Successor Faces an Economic Mess

What was supposed to be a gala celebration of Uzbekistan’s 25th anniversary...

Azerbaijan: Marching in Lockstep with Turkey in Cracking Down on Gulen

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responds to the failed coup attempt...

Turkmenistan, Iran Seek Closer Ties as Antidote to Isolation

Turkmenistan finds itself isolated of its own volition, Iran through international sanctions....

Contemporary Art from Former Soviet Union Finds Collectors

In the early 1990s, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, art...

SCO Summit Yields More Questions Than Answers

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization's summit concluded with few concrete results and plenty...

Uzbekistan & China: Friends in a Time of Need

Forth of a Five-Part Series...

Kazakhstan & China: Fear, Loathing and Money

Second in a Five-Part Series There is an old Kazakh proverb that...

Tajikistan: Prison Breakout Linked to Islamist Radicalism

Authorities in Tajikistan have said they have all but contained a breakout...

Azerbaijan – Oriental Express Hub? 

With the first Mumbai-to-Moscow train scheduled to chug through Azerbaijan this August, railways seem...

U.S. Signals Greater Focus On Central Asian Security

The U.S.'s primary interests in Central Asia are making sure the region...

Kazakhstan: At Least 10 Killed in Unrest Blamed on Extremists

Authorities in Kazakhstan said at least 10 people were killed on June...

Uzbekistan: Between Russia and the West

Mindful of the diplomatic tightrope walk that his government performs between West...

Tajikistan: TALCO Loses 600 Workers

Tajikistan industry’s visiting card: That was how President Emomali Rahmon once described...

How to Be the Next Central Asian Leader

When 2016 started there were no national elections scheduled in any of...

Kazakhstan: Big Western Brands Braving Economic Downturn

Big Western brands are on the march into Kazakhstan, entering the market...

Child’s Murder Sparks Ethnic Tensions in South Kazakhstan

Ethnic tensions are bubbling in southern Kazakhstan, where local authorities have stepped...

Georgia: China Experiences Black Sea Setback

For China, the New Year got off to an inauspicious start in...

Major Eurasian Railroad Sees Landmark Maiden Shipment

A cargo train carrying a test shipment along the recently completed China-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran...

Russia: Raising a Red Flag About Imperial Overreach

Part 1   Some experts in Russia are cautioning that the Kremlin’s...

Tajikistan: Russian Military Recalibrates Its Mission

Ever since Russia’s Defense Ministry announced it is to convert its military...

Turkmenistan: We Don't Need Russian Help With Afghan Border

Russia has offered Turkmenistan help in guarding that country's restive border with...

Turkey Hunts for Alternatives to Russian Energy

With Russian-Turkish relations bottoming out after Turkey’s downing of a Russian military...

Russian Outreach To Taliban Raises Concerns In Central Asia

Russia has reached out to the Taliban in Afghanistan in what senior...

Tajikistan: President Vows Radiant Future, and More Money for Security

As economic anxieties begin escalating into panic across many former Soviet republics,...

EurasiaNet's 2015 Photos of the Year

Parades across the former Soviet states commemorated the 70-year anniversary of the...

Central Asia Spurning All Anti-Terror Coalition Suitors

In the two weeks since Saudi Arabia announced that it was forming...

Turkmenistan: Work Starts on TAPI, But Will It Finish

Leaders from Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India gathered in Ashgabat on December...

Tajikistan Brushes Off Talk of Islamic State at the Border

A spokesman for a key security body in Tajikistan has wandered off...

Tajikistan Grounds Planes After South Sudan Crash

Tajikistan’s Transportation Ministry has grounded all flights by Tajik-registered cargo company Asia...

China and Georgia Start Free-Trade Talks

The duel between the West and Russia for the Caucasus might just...

With Bank Summit, Georgia Strengthens China's Caucasus Connections

Ever a strategic crossroads, ardently pro-Western Georgia on August 25 became the...

Tajikistan: Afghan Border Anxieties Remain Intense

In a sign of how close the unrest in Afghanistan has crept...

Kyrgyzstan: Starting Pistol Fired for Parliamentary Race

On a baking July day in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, under-employed taxi driver...

Georgia: Move Over, Russia. Here Comes China

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

Turkey: Support for Uighurs Could Undercut Ties with China

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s state visit to China later this month...

Could Russia Spoil Armenia’s Iranian Investment Dreams?

Hopes are running high in Armenia that the pending end of international...

Tajikistan Anticorruption Agency Chases Islamic Radicals

A government anticorruption agency in Tajikistan headed by the president’s son has...

Post-Iran Deal, Azerbaijan Eyes Energy Transit Opportunities

To many, the nuclear deal with Iran spells security. But to Azerbaijan,...

Central Asians Concerned About India, Pakistan Joining SCO

Central Asian states are eyeing with concern the planned expansion of the...

Central Asia: India Woos Regional Leaders

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the middle of a five-nation...

Kremlin Convenes Anti-Western Gatherings

Russia kicked off three days of high-level summitry on July 8, hosting...

U.S. Defends Giving Armored Vehicles To Uzbekistan

State Department officials have defended the provision of armored vehicles to Uzbekistan...

Indian PM To Visit All Five Central Asian States To Discuss Energy, Defense

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to visit all five Central...

State Department, Assessing Terror In Ex-USSR, Turns Focus To ISIS

The State Department has released its annual "Country Reports on Terrorism" reviewing...

State Department Downplays ISIS Threat In Central Asia

A senior State Department official has downplayed the threat of Central Asian...

Russia & Kazakhstan: Using EU Ruling to Press for More Web Censorship

Officials in Kazakhstan and Russia contend a European court ruling sets a...