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Azerbaijan appoints new prime minister from old elite

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

Why Georgians second-guess their doctors

Veranika Ebralidze, a stay-at-home mother of two from Tbilisi, took a deep...

Kazakhstan adopts Hollywood glamor to energize cinema industry

Mondays are not normally a busy day for cinemas, but at least...

Georgia aims at "better future" with breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The Georgian government has unveiled an ambitious new project to reintegrate its...

Young Azerbaijani teachers heed the call of village life

With a cartoon character tattooed to her wrist and a pierced eyebrow,...

Perspectives | Scholar Contemplates the Limits of Change in Uzbekistan

Since assuming power over 18 months ago, Uzbekistan’s president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has cultivated...

Perspectives | After Russia's Election, Expect Economy to Putter On as Before

In the two months between Vladimir Putin’s virtually assured victory on March...

Perspectives | Poll Highlights Paradox on Economic Attitudes in Russia

As Russia prepares to hold a presidential election, polling data indicates that an...

Perspectives | Putin's Reelection Won't Fix Poverty and Pensions

Russians are growing frustrated with poor healthcare, underfunded schools, and increasing poverty,...

The World's First Democratically Elected Muslim Woman Was from Georgia

The village of Karajala is fairly typical of the dozens of settlements...

Kazakhstan to Spend $840M on Countering Religious Extremism

Security officials in Kazakhstan have reportedly said that they intend to spend...

Kazakhstan Steps Up Campaign Against Ultra-Orthodox Islam

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

A Portrait of Tajikistan’s Distant, Unloved Highlands

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

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

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

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...

Uzbekistan: Tajik-Speaking Teachers in Short Supply

A state-owned newspaper in Uzbekistan for the ethnic Tajik community has published...

Kazakhstan: Morality Mavens Monitoring Women

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

Kazakhstan Succumbs to Arctic Chill

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

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

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

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

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

Armenian Defense Minister Crowdfunds Soldier's Surgery

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

Azerbaijan Keeps Aiming High with World Expo Bid

Azerbaijan’s appetite for the grandiose shows no signs of satiation, as it...

Of Saakashvili, His Son and Khinkali

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

Kazakhstan: Traffic Cop Accidentally Rams Presidential HQ in Porsche

The most trivial incidents sometimes tell the most interesting stories. Consider a...

Azerbaijani Teacher Fired After Call for Peace with Armenia

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

Taking the Temperature of Turkmenistan’s Economic Meltdown

In his year-end address to the nation, Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, brimmed...

Azerbaijan’s Pre-Soviet Independence Embroiled in Post-Soviet Polemics

In 1918, Azerbaijan became the first democratic and secular republic in the...

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

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

High-Tech Baby Bed Unveiled in Armenia

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

Uzbekistan: Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm

British pop singer Robbie Williams has sparked online rage in Uzbekistan by...

Kyrgyzstan: The Quiet Success of an Islamic Woman’s Group

Every week, hundreds of women trickle in and out of Dilyarom Hamrakulova’s...

Kyrgyzstan: Children’s Literature Taking Fresh Look at Old Fables

Esal, a seven-year-old girl, was born in a country where everything is...

Georgia: A Church Divided against Itself

The Georgian Orthodox Church is having an eventful year: priests have been...

Kyrgyzstan: Ex-Mufti’s Second Wife Sparks Polygamy Debate

A prominent religious authority in Kyrgyzstan has admitted to taking a second...

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

With only days remaining before his six-year tenure as chief executive ends,...

Georgia’s David Lynch Moment

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

Kazakhstan: Financial Illiteracy Hampering Economic Recovery

Kazakhstan’s National Bank will embark on research next year to find out...

Kazakhstan: Wave of Emigration to Russia Shows No Sign of Abating

The outflow of technically qualified and educated people from Kazakhstan has been...

Armenia: Students Protest, Declare Hunger Strike Over Draft Deferment Bill

Changes in Armenia’s military conscription laws have resulted in large-scale protests among...

Uzbekistan Allows Call to Prayer on Loudspeakers

The capital of Uzbekistan has for the first time in more than...

Georgia to Promote Abkhaz Language, But Sukhumi Unimpressed

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has announced a new state program aimed...

Islam, the State, and Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia

It is a common assumption that the Bolsheviks, after consolidating their hold...

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

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

Gender and the Bolsheviks: A Contested Legacy

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, one of the most contested...

Central Asia and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Look at the Balance Sheet at the Centennial

Although it happened thousands of miles away, and did not reflect any...

Tajikistan: Student Medic Pays $16,000 Admission Bribe

The size of the alleged bribe needed to get an aspiring medical...

Russia: Remembering a Soviet Ideal, Purged of Revolutionary Ideas

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

Life in Limbo: Inside Bishkek's Illegal ‘New-Builds’

Hundreds of thousands fled their villages for novostroika slums on the edge...

Karabakh: Syrian Refugees Flee One War Zone for Another

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

Uzbekistan: Media Conference Overshadowed by Jailing of Reporter

A conference on media freedoms that took place this week in Uzbekistan...

Kyrgyzstan: Dirty Election, Vibrant Electorate

While the sharp escalation of dirty tricks has soured the mood ahead...

On Language: The Many Flavors of Persian in Eurasia

Is Tajik a dialect of Persian? Or a language in its own...

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

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

Turkmenistan: Economy, Finance Ministries Merged to Save Money

Turkmenistan has merged two key ministries in the latest of a series...

Tajikistan: Saudis Give Loans to Build Schools, But Why?

Saudi Arabia has pledged to fund to build 66 schools in Tajikistan...

Kyrgyzstan: Competitive Presidential Election Heavy on ‘Kompromat’

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

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

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

Tajikistan: Anti-Graft Officials Snared in Elite Rumble are Sentenced

Tajikistan’s highest court has over the past few weeks been convicting former...

Uzbekistan: Cotton Slave Labor Out, Human Rights Ombudsman In?

Just as the annual cotton-picking season entered its most intense phase in...

Armenian Delegation in Baku Criticizes Azerbaijan’s "Xenophobic Propaganda"

Two Armenian members of parliament have made a rare visit to Azerbaijan,...

New Language Learning Policy Revives Controversy Over Russian in Armenia

A new government education policy that gives a special status for the...

Kazakhstan: Children in Hijabs Barred From Schools

The management of educational affairs in the town of Zhanaozen, in western...

No More Georgian in South Ossetia’s Schools?

The school year has just begun in South Ossetia, but it could...

Tajikistan: Saudis Brag About Pushing Out Iran

Middle Eastern rivalries are playing out in Tajikistan....

Kazakhstan: Latin Alphabet Is Not a New Phenomenon Among Turkic Nations

Kazakhstan’s planned transition to the Latin alphabet raises complex questions. While alphabets...

Kazakhstan Takes Decisive Step Toward Adopting the Latin Alphabet

Kazakhstan’s long-awaited transition from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet may be...

Music Festival Brings Armenians, Azerbaijanis, and Georgians Together

A music festival in Georgia strives to evoke a time when the...

Kazakhstan: Middle Schools Start Teaching in English

As of September, 33 middle schools in Kazakhstan’s largest city will start...

Uzbekistan Puts a Stop to Live Broadcasts After On-Air Bust-Up

Politically themed live broadcasts have been cancelled in Uzbekistan following a on-air...

Kazakhstan: Banking System Undermined by Expensive Credit

Kazakhstan’s banking sector is having trouble finding that light at the end...

Tajikistan: What Festivities Can You Celebrate in Style?

The upper house of parliament in Tajikistan this week adopted legislation intensifying...

Armenia: New Embassy Is Sign of Strengthening Chinese-Armenian Ties

China is building a new embassy in Yerevan that, once completed, will...

Has Turkmenistan Learned to Love Dogs? (Hint: No)

Turkmenistan loves sports, so this unusually despotic nation’s attempt to garner some...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Scrap Rainbow Wall Over Suspicions of LGBT Propaganda

Officials in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe thought it might be...

Tajikistan Accuses Iran of Assassination Campaign in Foreign Policy Gambit

Despite the close cultural connection that Tajikistan has with Iran, Dushanbe seems...

Tajikistan’s Government Lays Down Rules on What Not to Wear

On the afternoon of August 3, police officers and other officials descended...

Armenia: Ethnic Minorities Gain a Voice in Parliament

Armenia is the most ethnically homogeneous of all the post-Soviet states. But...

Uzbekistan: Exam Day Means Humiliating Anti-Cheat Inspections

When exam time comes around in Uzbekistan it is open season on...

Armenia: Attitudes Toward Turks Slowly Changing

When Üfük Özden, a translator from Istanbul, visited Armenia last year, it...

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

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

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation

By M. Ashraf Haidari, the Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the...

Uzbekistan and Polygamy: New Love and Broken Hearts

Jalil Buriyev left Uzbekistan for Russia two decades ago, when he was...

With Islamic Games Over, Baku Tears Down Mosque

When protesters tried to stop the demolition of a Baku mosque in...

Uzbekistan: 22-Year Old Named Deputy Education Minister

Uzbekistan’s nomenklatura has long had a musty Soviet whiff about it, so...

Azerbaijan: A Reset with the EU?

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

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: Male MPs Ditch Parliament During Discussions on Women’s Rights

When it came time to discuss the rights of women and girls...

Kyrgyzstan: Kneeling Incident Poses Challenge for Higher Education Initiative

An initiative to expand higher education opportunities in Central Asia is experiencing...

Uzbekistan: Teenager Death Prompts Education Reforms

The death of a young college student earlier this month has shocked...

Armenia: Nation-Army Plan Raises Concerns About Society’s Militarization

A new program is promoting the closer integration of Armenia’s military and...

Georgia: Dissident Snatching Dents Georgia’s Image

Georgia’s international standing has long benefited from being sandwiched between authoritarian countries,...

Georgia-Turkey-Azerbaijan Cooperation: Pragmatism Proves Durable Formula

Regional cooperation endeavors often have a short shelf life in the post-Soviet...

Russia’s Double Standard on Dealing with “Fake” News

Russia’s efforts to flood the media landscape in both the United States...

As Islamic Games Open, Azerbaijan Wrestles With Muslim Identity

With an opening ceremony rich in pageantry, Azerbaijan welcomed athletes and tourists...

Tajikistan: US Embassy Complains of Aid-Blocking Bureaucracy

In an unusual display of candor, officials at the U.S. Embassy of...

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...

Russia: Authorities Appear to Deem Original Historical Research Dangerous

History is now such a sensitive subject in Russia that education officials...

Azerbaijan: Creationist Textbooks Stir Controversy, Public Action

“And it is He who created the heavens and the earth in...

How Many Tetri Are in a Lari? The Importance of Municipal Statistics for Good Governance

The government of Georgia has committed itself to collecting and publishing policy-relevant...