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Turkish lira casts pall over Caucasus and Central Asia

The Turkish Lira last week ended one of the most turbulent weeks...

After 100 days, what's new in the “new Armenia”?

August 17 marks 100 days since Nikol Pashinyan became prime minister of...

Anti-Russia sanctions torpedo Kazakhstan’s currency

The woes of the Russian ruble have infected Kazakhstan, causing a tumble...

Georgia’s predatory lenders are punishing the poor

When a friend asked Kato Abramishvili, a 40-year-old single mother in Tbilisi,...

Turkmenistan: Caspian windfall can’t come quickly enough

On August 12, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was in Aktau, Kazakhstan, to take...

American congressman visits Azerbaijan; was energy security or collusion on the agenda?

A United States congressman is visiting the Caucasus in a show of...

Taliban holds talks in Uzbekistan

A group of representatives for Afghanistan’s Taliban militant organization last week wrapped...

Uzbekistan remains desolate place for opposition politics

Contrary to what some may believe, Uzbekistan does have a political opposition. ...

Perspectives | On the importance of being Soviet

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

Istanbul's storied 'suitcase trade' with ex-USSR remains resilient despite downturn

It's rush hour in Istanbul's Laleli district, and young porters are hauling...

Turkmenistan: Facts are stubborn things

A government get-together in Turkmenistan this week was a predictable smorgasbord of...

Kazakhstan: Will Astana’s financial gamble pay off?

If the gamble behind the Astana International Financial Center pays off, Kazakhstan...

For Armenians, they're not occupied territories – they're the homeland

When Alexander Kananyan moved to Kelbajar in 2000, it was “completely destroyed,”...

Killings in Tajikistan send chill through tourism business

The murder of four foreign cyclists in Tajikistan this week has al...

Unpacking debt in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

To maintain their current growth momentum, the five post-Soviet Central Asian republics...

Turkmenistan: The more it changes, the more it stays the same

Finally some good news is on the horizon for Turkmenistan....

Music review | Straight outta Kazakhstan, rapping in Russian

A Russian friend once explained to me that the world’s first rapper...

Saudis brag about giving Tajikistan $200M in aid

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Tajikistan has revealed in an interview that Riyadh...

Billionaire’s big talk on his big plans for Georgia

Love him or hate him, Georgia’s richest man Bidzina Ivanishvili is the...

Armenia shelves Iranian railway project as Azerbaijan steams ahead

An Armenian official has announced that the long-discussed railway line connecting the...

Armenia’s former president Kocharyan charged for "usurping state power"

The second president of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, has appeared in a Yerevan...

Kyrgyzstan: Is notorious customs boss back in business?

A decision taken this week by a court in Kyrgyzstan to reinstate a disgraced...

Perspectives | Russia’s migration landscape: New policies, new contradictions

Anybody trying to understand the apparent inconsistencies of Russia’s migration landscape needed...

Mining dispute threatens Armenia’s post-revolutionary political consensus

“Honestly, would you come here for a vacation?” asks Aharon Arsenyan, 24,...

Turkmenistan: Lots of sinking, not much swimming

In keeping with the summer holiday season, news out of Turkmenistan has...

Russian press portrays Armenia's Pashinyan as "carbon copy" of Poroshenko

Russia appears to have stepped up its information war against the new...

Now hiring in Georgia: presidential candidates

Presidential elections are scheduled for this fall in Georgia, and many expect...

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan shuttle trade booms, but for how long?

In late June, the Dostuk crossing on the border between Kyrgyzstan and...

Russia: New migrant registration rules threaten tenuous livelihoods

Russia has adopted new registration rules impacting millions of foreigners working in...

Ethnic Kazakh's life in balance as deportation to China looms

A trial taking place in a small quiet town in eastern Kazakhstan,...

Tajikistan and Russia in Pamir military drills first

Tajikistan and Russia are holding military drills in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast,...

Pashinyan in Brussels: “We expect more assistance”

Armenia's newly elected prime minister Nikol Pashinyan visited Brussels and had a...

Uzbekistan, Russia agree on nuclear power station

Uzbekistan has said it has reached an agreement with Russia to jointly...

Kazakhstan’s banks to gain access to Uzbekistan

The central banks of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have come together to agree...

Kazakhstan, Russia celebrate 20 years of friendship despite the cracks

At the official level at least, Kazakhstan and Russia have been exchanging...

Turkmenistan: Keep the family close, and keep the population closer

Unlike regular people in Turkmenistan, the ruling family is getting to do...

Ra-Si-Ya: How Kyrgyzstan supported Russia in the World Cup

On July 7, Russia faced Croatia in the soccer World Cup quarterfinals. ...

Uzbekistan: Even in death, cult grows around Karimov

A whimsical plaque at the entrance to an exhibition hall in Uzbekistan’s...

Georgian government shells out on ACs to cool public anger

School admissions tests can make students break a metaphorical sweat. But that...

Following Armenian uprising, Azerbaijan’s saber rattling grows louder

Azerbaijan has sharpened its threats of war against Armenia in an apparent...

Turkmenistan: The art of flattery

When the history books are written at the end of time, it...

Russia extends blockade on Ukraine goods headed to Central Asia

Russia has extended an embargo on the transit of a range of Ukrainian...

With new railway, Turkey seeks to isolate Armenia and integrate Azerbaijan

Kars, in far eastern Turkey, has a long history as a frontier,...

Report highlights plight of Kyrgyz forced laborers in Kazakhstan

A detailed report by an international human rights organization has documented how...

Perspectives | Making dynastic rule fashionable again: The case of Turkmenistan

Dynastic rule is coming back into fashion in Central Asia. And the...

In the shadow of war: Life in Armenia’s defensive corridor

On April 4, 2016, Gevorg Azoyan was in the mountains of Karabakh...

Turkmenistan: If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov took time out of his crammed schedule this...

Georgia gets new PM promising "small government"

Georgia has a new prime minister-designate after a surprise decision by former...

Turkmenistan's president effects radical switch-around of top security officials

The head of Turkmenistan’s security services has been fired and substituted by...

Perspectives | Russia’s grassroots environmentalists form civil society’s vanguard

When Vladimir Putin was asked about air pollution during last week’s marathon...

Turkmenistan’s mommy issues

A headline in Turkmenistan’s state media declaring the bouncing health of the...

Washed-up Kyrgyz official heads Tajikistan telecoms company

A mobile phone company in Tajikistan has appointed a disgraced former government...

Report: Russia chides Kazakhstan on US cooperation

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

Azerbaijan boosts carpet making, but at what cost?

Azerbaijan has a long history of carpet making, with generations of artisans...

Perspectives | Rethinking the “Russian World” concept

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

A series of defections leaves Armenia's parliament in Pashinyan’s hands

The Republican Party of Armenia lost its parliamentary majority when MP Samvel...

Kyrgyzstan: Jeenbekov goes to Beijing with China the talk of Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s state visit to China kicked off on June...

Whither Armenia’s jailed opposition?

After forcing Armenia’s authoritarian ruler Serzh Sargsyan out of office in April,...

Turkmenistan’s vicious cycle

The president of Turkmenistan’s love affair...

Kazakhstan and renewables: Make-believe or visionary trend-setting?

A friendly cartoon character appears onscreen and fantasizes about how “grand wizard...

Kazakhstan’s returnees frustrated by cold shoulders

The joy that Tursynzhan Yesenalyuly felt in moving to his ethnic homeland...

Kyrgyzstan: Bride-kidnapping case triggers rare UN response

The United Nations office in Kyrgyzstan has issued a rare criticism of...

Syria formally recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The Syrian government recognized the independence of Georgia’s breakaway regions Abkhazia and...

Young activists and regime veterans: Armenia’s new compromise government

Armenia's new prime minister Nikol Pashinyan has formed his first post-uprising government,...

Uzbekistan: Hizb ut-Tahrir trial a testbed for religious boundaries

The opening hearing of Guzal Tokhtakhadjayeva’s criminal trial last month began late...

Azerbaijan marks centennial of democratic republic with little fanfare

One hundred years ago this month, the first secular democracy in the...

Armenia hopes to benefit from new Iran-Eurasian Union free trade deal

Armenia has welcomed a historic new free-trade agreement between the Russian-led Eurasian...

Uzbekistan aglow after president’s successful US visit

As the Washington rain beat down during the conclusion of Uzbek President...

Class war: Armenia's student protesters set sights on universities

Students played a key role in the protests that ousted long-time leader...

Turkmenistan: Fast and furious. And broke

Akhal-Teke is a weekly Eurasianet column compiling news and analysis from Turkmenistan....

Uzbekistan: Coming to America

“Amerika serkhli diyor!” — America, a land of wonder!...

Tajikistan: Saudis to acquire stake in troubled bank

An investment fund from Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy a controlling...

Pashinyan and Putin hold first meeting, pledge to build closer ties

Newly elected Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with Russian President Vladimir...

Tajikistan: Turning pigs into sheep, and other plagiarism adventures

It was like something out of a fairytale. Nazrulo Amirov turned pigs...

Armenia elects protest leader as prime minister

Armenia's parliament has elected backbencher and protest leader Nikol Pashinyan as the...

Turkmenistan says one thing, does another

In Turkmenistan, statistics are not so much a science as an art....

Kyrgyzstan: Probe into ex-deputy PM reveals unexplained riches

An investigation in Kyrgyzstan into the holdings of a former deputy prime...

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...

Turkmenistan's new $1.5 billion port: Show over substance?

Accolades are rolling in for cash-strapped, cut-off Turkmenistan’s newly opened $1.5 billion...

Reports: Pakistan pushes through accelerated plan for TAPI

Depending on whom you believe, the TAPI pipeline is either going to...

Turkmenistan: Taking in the dirty laundry

Akhal-Teke is a Eurasianet column compiling news and analysis from Turkmenistan....

Uzbekistan: Turkish president’s visit generates billions in deals

The renewed friendship between Turkey and Uzbekistan has generated a few more...

Perspectives | Radicalization among Central Asia’s migrants: Views from the ground

The latest contribution to the field of research on violent religious radicalization...

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

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

Head of Kyrgyzstan's corruption agency fired after 10 days in job

Every shashlik cook worth his salt knows the secret is to give...

Kyrgyzstan and its government: New names, old faces, uncertain future

There is at least one new thing about Kyrgyzstan’s latest prime minister....

In wake of Armenia's peaceful uprising, diaspora's clout is questioned

The huge anti-government protests in Yerevan that toppled longtime leader Serzh Sargsyan...

Armenia's leader resigns amid peaceful mass protests

Armenia's longtime leader stepped down April 23, toppled by an overwhelming wave...

Uzbekistan signs up to TAPI pipeline

Uzbekistan has committed to take part in constructing the natural gas pipeline...

Azerbaijan appoints new prime minister from old elite

Azerbaijan’s parliament has unanimously approved the appointment of Novruz Mammadov, a longtime...

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

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

Turkmenistan protests too much as citizens are halted from leaving country

As if for no reason, Turkmenistan’s migration authorities this week decided to...

Armenia's Sargsyan appointed PM as protestors declare "velvet revolution"

Armenia’s National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to install Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister...

Kazakhstan gets Russian flak over UN Syria vote

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

Tajikistan: With e-wallets scuppered, shoppers more stranded than ever

A recent desperate and quixotic measure by Tajikistan’s government to boost budget...

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan's unremarkable election

Azerbaijan's presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev...

Armenia and Azerbaijan compete to attract Iranian cargo

On its heavily fortified border with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Armenia...

As Armenia effects its political transition, all eyes on Sargsyan

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stepped down on April 9 and handed his...

Tajikistan's ruling family extends control over telecoms

The utter control wielded by Tajikistan’s ruling family over business in the...