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Azerbaijan's "dream" pipeline commissioned – but troubles remain

Upwards of a thousand dignitaries – including the presidents of Turkey, Georgia,...

Uzbekistan still mourns a soccer generation lost to air crash

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

Report: Russia chides Kazakhstan on US cooperation

Russia’s top diplomat has reportedly chided Kazakhstan over Astana’s decision to provide...

Perspectives | Rethinking the “Russian World” concept

The concept of Russkii Mir (the Russian World) has been one of...

Perspectives | Russian expert says arms control deserves greater attention

Nuclear proliferation is again making headlines, given Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from...

Perspectives | Floating nuclear power plant prepares for launch

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

Kazakhstan: World War II parade puts local authorities in a bind

With each year that passes, the Immortal Regiment in the northern Kazakhstan...

Tajikistan tightens rules on sending money abroad

Tajikistan has tightened rules on sending money out of the country, complicating...

Uzbekistan resists Russia-style Victory Day memorial march

The mayor’s office in the capital of Uzbekistan has risked drawing the...

Kyrgyzstan man faces prison for Facebook insults

Temir Bolotbek feels strongly about architecture. So much so, that a squabble...

Perspectives | Kazakhstan is Central Asia’s migration outlier

Central Asian states are collectively known as a wellspring of migrants, most...

Armenia's "Velvet Revolution" keeps peace with Russia - for now

The leaders of the protest movement that toppled Armenia's longtime leader Serzh...

As Stalin-era factory turns to crypto mining, Georgian workers protest

The Agara Sugar Company, in the eponymous town about 90 kilometers from...

Perspectives | At Kazakhstan's main airport, are Kyrgyz being singled out for questioning?

For a few months now, I have been hearing stories of Kyrgyzstan...

Kazakhstan gets Russian flak over UN Syria vote

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

Kazakhstan issues hacker warning to banks

Kazakhstan’s security services are sounding the alarm about a possible increase in...

Armenia suspends Schengen visa processor’s activities due to links with Turkey - reports

Armenia’s Justice Ministry suspended activities at a Turkey-linked company hired by the...

Kazakhstan’s 1930s Famine Gets Film Treatment as Memories Fade

The set for Berkutchi, a movie production about the manmade famine that...

Georgian President Stumps for More US Support, Details to Follow

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

Remittances to Central Asia Surge But Fall Short of Historic Highs

Fresh data from Russia’s Central Bank have shown a strong resurgence in...

Ukraine Delays Investigation of Journalist Wanted by Azerbaijan

An opposition Azerbaijani journalist remains in legal limbo in Ukraine after a...

Georgia: Ski Lift Crashes in Gudauri Resort

A ski lift careened out of control, with people jumping or thrown...

Perspectives | In Eastern Ukraine, Civilians Pay

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, now entering its fifth year, has...

For Tajikistan's Asylum Seekers, Poland is a Dead End

Kalandar Sadurdinov, a 70-year-old from Tajikistan, is one of thousands wanted back...

Kazakhstan and Corruption: Young Blood, Old Habits

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

Armenia Wonders: Are We At Risk From US Sanctions?

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

Perspectives | A Guide to Central Asia's Sacred Spaces

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

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.”...

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,...

Kazakhstan: Businessman a Hostage in Astana-Ablyazov Feud?

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

Of Saakashvili, His Son and Khinkali

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

The Royal Role Model: Historical Revisionism in Russia

An anomalous facet of Russia’s authoritarian political system is that presidential elections...

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

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

Five Peculiar Soviet Cartoons for the Holidays

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

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

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

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of...

Saakashvili: Free Again (Seriously)

For the second time running in less than a week, former Georgian...

Saakashvili Recaptured, For Now

Arrested, broke free, arrested again -- the spectacle around ex-Georgian President Mikheil...

What does Kazakhstan’s new military doctrine reveal about its relations with Russia?

Without much ado, Kazakhstan adopted a new military doctrine in September, replacing...

Saakashvili Rallies Supporters in Kyiv after Escaping Arrest

After an hours-long standoff with law-enforcement, supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili gathered outside...

Abkhazia: Counting on a Cryptocurrency

Breakaway Abkhazia plans to launch its own cryptocurrency in a bid to...

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...

Kazakhstan: Official Tamps Down Ruthenium-106 Jitters

Authorities in Kazakhstan have scrambled to reassure the public after an opposition...

Armenia Signs Landmark Agreement with EU

Armenia has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Union, committing to...

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

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

Georgia’s David Lynch Moment

David Lynch paying an “official visit” to the Georgian parliament, meeting lawmakers...

Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as...

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

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

The Specter of Red October Still Haunts the Baltics

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

Bolshevik Squabbles Still Shape the Caucasus

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

Kazakhstan Worries About Catalonia, Thinks About Home

Kazakhstan’s government engaged in some not-so-subtle signaling over the weekend by issuing...

What Is to Be Done About the ‘Russian Question?’

The October Revolution of 1917 was not a singular event, but five...

“Sexy Sheep” Welcome Azerbaijanis to Ukraine

A bare-breasted woman wearing a sheep hat greeted male arrivals from Baku...

Georgia Keeping Its Land Off-Limits for Foreigners

Every month Yuriy embarks on a 17-hour drive from Donetsk to Tbilisi,...

Turkey: Erdoğan Negotiates Release of Crimean Tatar Leaders Imprisoned By Russia

Russia has freed two imprisoned Crimean Tatar leaders after Turkish President Recep...

Russia: Remembering a Soviet Ideal, Purged of Revolutionary Ideas

Russia’s political elite fears the idea of an uprising, making it complicated...

Putin at Valdai: A Deep Dive Into Long-Standing Grievances

Organizers take pride in the Valdai Discussion Club’s generally forward-looking approach. Yet...

Georgia’s Elections: Painting the Town Blue with Kakha Kaladze

Ex-soccer star Kakha Kaladze has scored his biggest win on Georgia's political...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

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

Azerbaijan: Seeking to Arrest Critical Journalists throughout the Ex-USSR

The arrest of an Azerbaijani journalist in Ukraine marks a fresh instance...

Armenia: With EU Deal, Romancing Both Brussels and Moscow

Moscow appears angling to reinforce Armenia’s shaken commitment to the Russia-centric economic...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

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

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

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

Tajikistan: President’s Brother Dies, 67

Authorities in Tajikistan have announced that the elder brother of the president...

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

There are echoes of Soviet times in the way Russia has been...

Evaluating the Risks Posed by Russia’s Nuclear Upgrade

In recently staged exercises, dubbed Zapad, Russian armed forces displayed a robust...

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

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

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

Ukraine is trying to fight back against Russian influence with a new...

Saakashvili Goes to Kyiv

After being propelled into Ukraine over the flimsy resistance of border guards,...

Misha in Revolution Mode

He’s rammed his way across an international border, rallied cheering supporters and...

Ukraine: Saakashvili’s Return Sets Stage for Sovereignty Crisis

Mikheil Saakashvili came to power in his native Georgia in 2003 when...

Mikheil Saakashvili Enters Ukrainian Territory

Chanting “Glory to Ukraine!” and “Misha, Misha, Misha!” a crowd of Mikheil...

Saakashvili’s Train to Ukraine Stopped in Poland

Ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on September 10 found himself stuck in a...

Azerbaijan: State Low-Cost Airline Replaced By Lower-Cost Airline

The Azerbaijani capital of Baku may be associated with oil wealth and...

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

As Ukraine’s recent economic difficulties persist—the country registered a modest growth rate...

At Last Minute, Armenia Drops Out of NATO Exercises in Georgia

At the last minute and with no explanation, Armenia has dropped out...

Georgia: Prank Call Leaves Minister in Hot Water, Confirms No One Wants Saakashvili

If you’re a politician, it’s always unpleasant to be publicly pranked. It’s...

Saakashvili Goes to Poland, but How?

Mikheil Saakashvili has long had a reputation for pulling off the unexpected,...

Uncitizen Saakashvili: Life in Legal Limbo

Caught in a surreal bubble of statelessness, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili...

How Moldovan Politicians Use Foreign Leaders for Domestic Purposes

As thousands of Russian soldiers marched through Moscow’s Red Square on May...

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 and Ukraine’s Saakashvili up in the Air

Disowned first by Georgia and then Ukraine, the most famous revolutionary of...

Azerbaijan, Without Explanation, Drops Out of NATO Exercises

When NATO military exercises kick off in Georgia next week, they will...

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

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

Azerbaijan: Prison for a Blogger, Free Flats for Reporters

It’s been a notable week for Azerbaijan’s efforts to control both foreign...

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

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

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

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

Armenia: Can the Government Reverse Demographic Decline?

Armenia’s government is pursuing an ambitious goal of increasing the country’s population...

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

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

Crimea: Circumventing Trade Sanctions via Novorossiysk

Despite trade sanctions, Crimea is maintaining connections to international markets. Crimean traders...

Armenia: This Time, EU Deal Meets Russian Approval

The last time Armenia negotiated closer ties with the European Union, in...

Azerbaijan: A Reset with the EU?

Azerbaijan is pursuing a new agreement with the European Union focused on...

Expert Opinions, Episode 2: What’s the Matter with Chechnya?

A podcast from the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, hosted by Masha...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

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

Putin Pop: A Guide to Russia’s Most Patriotic Music Genre

A music critic once argued that Vladimir Putin-inspired songs are the worst...