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Diversity Declines in Georgia's Southwestern Mountains

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

Something Brewing: Georgia’s Tea Renaissance

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

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

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

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

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

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

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

Uzbekistan: President Announces Fence-Mending Visit to Tajikistan

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

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

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

Tajikistan: Searching for Food Security

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

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Near Reservoir Agreement

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are nearing definitive agreement over how to share a...

Afghanistan's Ghani Visits Uzbekistan on Mission to Plug Into Central Asia

The president of Afghanistan has visited Uzbekistan on a mission to plug...

Kyrgyzstan: New President Takes Office in Historic Handover

Kyrgyzstan has a new president. And this time it is not because...

Uzbekistan Plans Its Own Hydropower Plant

After years of opposing hydropower projects in neighboring countries, Uzbekistan has sprung...

Armenians Rally Against American GMOs

The United States embassy in Yerevan has sparked controversy by promoting the...

Tajikistan Set to Renew Imports of Uzbek Gas

A source at a state-run natural gas company in Tajikistan has told...

Missing the USSR, Even in Georgia

It’s not uncommon to have a longing for a place you’ve never...

Georgia: Athletes, Politicians Back Soccer Player’s Support for LGBT Rights

Georgian soccer player Guram Kashia faces an outcry at home over his...

Uzbekistan: Without Forced Labor, Who’ll Pick the Cotton?

Uzbekistan’s government has traditionally characterized cotton-picking as hashar, a term for voluntary...

Uzbekistan & Turkey: Is It Love?

The just-concluded Uzbek-Turkish summit meeting in Ankara was like a meeting of...

Georgia Keeping Its Land Off-Limits for Foreigners

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

Karabakh: Syrian Refugees Flee One War Zone for Another

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

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Election Produces First-Round Winner

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

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

The Azerbaijani government has forced the local chapter of the global corruption...

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Ink Era-Defining Partnership Deal

The diplomatic love-in breaking out across Central Asia has forged ahead unabated...

Kyrgyzstan: Competitive Presidential Election Heavy on ‘Kompromat’

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

Georgia: Media Initiative Focuses on Debunking Fake News Reports

Tamuna Kintsurashvili and her team huddle over Apple Macbooks in a nondescript...

Uzbekistan Reducing Cotton Fields But Forced Labor Remains

Uzbekistan is cutting back on its cotton cultivation to make way for...

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Open New Chapter in Relations

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s early September visit to Kyrgyzstan exceeded expectations, as...

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

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

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

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

Diplomacy Flurry as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan's Leaders Meet

The coming weeks will see a flurry of regional diplomacy in Central...

Kazakhstan: Deadly Border Incident Pinned on Smugglers

A deadly shooting on the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan has provided...

Constitutional Reform Raises the Question: What Does Georgian Dream Stand For?

Georgia’s governing party, Georgian Dream, is using the commanding victory it won...

Kyrgyzstan: Two Opposition Trials Conclude With Lengthy Sentences

Courts in Kyrgyzstan wrapped up two separate politically charged trials on August...

Israeli Minister in Armenia: Damage Control or Something More?

Armenia-Israeli relations have been somewhat distant, complicated by the latter's strong ties...

Uzbekistan: King Cotton Confronts Caper Uprising

At the turn of the first millennium, Bukhara-born philosopher Avicenna recommended using...

Crimea: Circumventing Trade Sanctions via Novorossiysk

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

Tajikistan Dreams of Regional Electricity Grid Rebirth

Brutal winter weather in the late 2000s delivered a knockout blow to...

Kazakhstan Hopes to Ride High on Hemp Exports

Kazakhstan has decided to profit from its natural cannabis riches and intends...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

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

Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Party Nominates Presidential Candidate

Kyrgyzstan’s ruling Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan has picked incumbent prime minister...

Uzbekistan: President's China Trip Yields Giant Rewards

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

Made in Uzbekistan Brand Wows Tajikistan

When a delegation of traders from Uzbekistan recently came to show off...

Uzbekistan: President in Pursuit of Big Deals in China During 5-Day Visit

The president of Uzbekistan’s travel itinerary has served as a useful shortcut...

Azerbaijan: Flower Power Struggles to Revive

For over a decade, Azerbaijan celebrated the birthday of former president Heydar...

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

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

Kazakhstan: Rainy Season Causes Major Floods

Areas of northern and central Kazakhstan has been hit by intense floods...

Kazakhstan Takes Over Russian Missile Test Site

Kazakhstan has shut down another Russian military testing site, as it steadily...

China’s Strategy in the Caucasus

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

Kyrgyzstan: The Low-Key Prelude of an Opposition Crackdown

Before the security services in Kyrgyzstan came for Omurbek Tekebayev, there were...

Kazakhstan: Memories of the Chechen Exodus Don’t Fade

Polina Ibrayeva is now a frail old lady with sparkling brown eyes....

Kyrgyzstan: President's Remarks Ruffle Feathers in Kazakhstan

Unguarded comments made by Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev in remarks to Euronews...

Uzbekistan: Corruption Whistleblower Summoned to Court

An entrepreneur in Uzbekistan who made a splash last year after appearing...

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained...

Uzbekistan Embarks on Grand Chicken-Rearing Drive

Uzbekistan has embarked on a campaign to popularize the rearing of chickens...

Azerbaijan: Using Soviet Methods to Revive Cotton Industry

In September, at the beginning of the cotton harvesting season, Azerbaijani President...

Kazakhstan: Security Services Waging War on Extremists

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

Azerbaijan: Netanyahu Visit Boosts Azerbaijani-Israel Ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent official visit to Baku signals that...

Azerbaijan’s Holiday Gambit: Hanukkah, Trump and Netanyahu 

Azerbaijan made a double PR-play on December 14 that could have proven...

Would South Ossetia, By Any Other Name, Be So Contentious?

The authorities in South Ossetia want to change the name of their...

A History of Ukraine with Big Ambitions, Mixed Results

“To understand the trends underlying current events in Ukraine and their impact...

Turkmenistan: Shortages in the Era of Might and Happiness

Turkmenistan celebrated the 25th anniversary of independence recently with a mass show...

How to Party at a Polling Station

In US elections, very little is reported about the inner workings of...

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Taking Cautious Steps to End Dam Impasse

Demonstrating his hands-on management style, Tajikistan’s president donned a hardhat earlier this...

Uzbekistan: Acting President Finally Has Day in the Sun

By a decision of Uzbekistan’s Central Election Commission on October 20, presidential...

Uzbekistan Ratifies Convention on Freedom of Association

Uzbekistan’s acting president Shavkat Mirziyoyev has ratified the International Labour Organization’s Convention...

Tajikistan: President's Son Takes Hard Look at Corruption

The son of Tajikistan’s leader, a 29-year old sometimes touted as a...

Can Millionaires Fix Armenia?

You know it’s time for change when you’ve had an armed standoff...

Report: Tajikistan River to Be Stemmed for Dam Project

In what has been billed as a historic development, Tajikistan will later...

Moldova: Can Presidential Election Alter Geopolitical Course?

Direct presidential elections will be held in Moldova on October 30....

Uzbekistan: Mirziyoyev Flirting With Regional Reset?

When Uzbekistan’s acting president Shavkat Mirziyoyev addressed a joint session of parliament...

Kyrgyzstan Faces Mounting Debt Pile

An International Monetary Fund official is sounding the alarm over Kyrgyzstan’s rapidly...

Ukraine: Tech Sector Looks to Move Beyond Outsourcing

Ukraine has long been known as an outsourcing center because of its...

Uzbekistan: Life After Karimov, More of the Same

On his first day in charge in Uzbekistan, Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev made...

Uzbekistan: The Life and Legacy of Islam Karimov

Following days of uncertainty surrounding the fate of the septuagenarian strongman who...

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Successor Faces an Economic Mess

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

Kyrgyzstan: President Rages at Critics of Constitutional Fix

Kyrgyzstan’s president struck a sour and far from statesmanlike note during independence...

Tajikistan: Bogus Vanishing, Thrashing Pile Misery on Bank

Barely day passes at Tajikistan’s most troubled bank without some grim or...

Uzbekistan: Teachers Mobilized for Ferghana’s Cotton Season

When cotton-picking season comes around in Uzbekistan, lists of names start to...

Uzbekistan: Caterpillar-Picking Adds to Forced Labor Woes

For the past week, Firuza has been waking at five in the...

Kazakhstan: Rare Public Outreach Being Wound Down

Kazakhstan launched a rare exercise in consulting with the general public earlier...

Turkmenistan: President's Son Gets Foreign Ministry Job

In a custom fitting to the region, Turkmenistan’s ruler has picked a...

Uzbekistan: Poor Grain Yields Put Pressure on Farmers

In a bad year for grain, farmers in Uzbekistan are feeling pressure...

Uzbekistan’s Losing Battle Against Drought

The last time Berdybai Nauryzbayev harvested rice was five years ago....

Kazakhstan: Security Services Lay Out Coup Plot Account

Kazakhstan’s security services have presented an extraordinarily exotic case against a businessman...

Armenia to House World’s Largest Yazidi Temple

The small village of Aknalich, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of...

Turkmenistan, Iran Seek Closer Ties as Antidote to Isolation

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

Kyrgyzstan Reaches New Heights of Debt

Kyrgyzstan’s state debt has almost hit the $4 billion mark, sailing upward...

Tajikistan Looking for Yet More Bailouts

Tajikistan’s National Bank is once again pleading for an international bailout as...

Tajikistan: Italians Picked for Rogun Dam Contract

The state commission in charge of the project for Tajikistan’s Rogun mega-dam...

Kazakhstan: Deputies Seal Fate of Land Law. For Now

Parliament in Kazakhstan has slapped a veto on the contentious land law...

Kazakhstan & China: Fear, Loathing and Money

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

Armenia’s First Smartphone Goes on Sale

Armenia’s first-ever smart phone arrived in stores on June 6, as the...

Chafing at Sanctions, Moscow Pokes and Pries at EU Unity

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

German Lawmakers Recognize 1915 Armenian Massacre as Genocide

Over protests from Turkey, Germany on June 2 passed a resolution recognizing...

Kazakhstan: Land Commission Trudges On Amid Arrests

A public commission set up in Kazakhstan as an attempt to defuse...

Georgia: How Closely Should the State Embrace the Church?

Twenty-five years after regaining its sovereignty, the South Caucasus country of Georgia...

Kazakhstan: Land Issue Fueling Social Discontent

Kazakhstan is taking stock after the worst social unrest in years erupted...

Do Turkish Tomatoes Travel via Armenia to Russia?

The Turkish tomato, the ultimate victim of the Russia-Turkey food fight, is...

Kyrgyzstan: President Trash-Talks Opposition Following Coup Arrests

In the wake of fresh arrests in Kyrgyzstan of would-be coup plotters,...