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Kazakhstan Steps Up Campaign Against Ultra-Orthodox Islam

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

Tajikistan to Sell Electricity to Uzbekistan in Boon For Integration

Starting in April through to September, Tajikistan will export 1.5 billion kilowatt...

Georgian Government on Defensive in Journalist Kidnapping Case

Released from prison for a day to attend a memorial service for...

A Portrait of Tajikistan’s Distant, Unloved Highlands

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

TAPI Enters Afghan Phase with Little Cash and Many Problems

It is the natural gas pipeline project that many have long said...

Uzbekistan Racing Against Time to Avoid Energy Crunch

Since the soil beneath Uzbekistan is brimming with oil and gas riches,...

European Bank Gives Go-Ahead to Controversial Georgian Dam

The largest hydroelectricity project in Georgia’s independent history looks set to go...

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

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

Tajikistan Resumes Building Turkmenistan-China Pipeline

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

Kyrgyzstan: Freeze Turns to Hot Fury Over Bishkek's Power Plant Failure

Aigul Dogdurova, a 43-year old native of Bishkek, cannot remember anything like...

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

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

Kazakhstan Succumbs to Arctic Chill

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

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Travels to US for Working Visit

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has begun a three-day trip to the United...

Не доверяя намерениям Китая, Монголия делает выбор в пользу более дорогостоящего проекта развития национальных железных дорог

Изыскивая пути освоения богатых запасов полезных ископаемых страны, политическое руководство в Улан-Баторе,...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

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

Taking the Temperature of Turkmenistan’s Economic Meltdown

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

Uzbekistan: President Announces Fence-Mending Visit to Tajikistan

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

Azerbaijan: Higher Oil Prices Mean Increased Military Spending

While low energy revenues have forced Azerbaijan's government to cut back in...

Iran Denies Compromise on Caspian Division

Iran has denied Russian claims that it has agreed on how to...

Kyrgyzstan: Top Official Quits Over Bomb Scare

A high-ranking official in Kyrgyzstan announced his resignation on December 21 after...

Georgia: Dam Threatens Traditional Svan Way of Life

On his land in the Svaneti mountains, Zaza Vibliani shows off his...

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

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

Caspian Pact Paves Way for Turkmen Gas Exports to Europe – Eventually

After close to 30 years of haggling over the legal status of...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

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

Tajikistan: How a Broke Government Keeps its Books Balanced

In its annual budget, Tajikistan is relying on unusual accounting maneuvers to ensure...

Kazakhstan Looks to Azerbaijan for Gas Transit

Kazakhstan is exploring options with Azerbaijan on finding new export outlets for...

Kazakhstan: President Demands Return of Offshore Funds

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has threatened companies stashing money abroad with ominous...

Armenia Debates Shift Away From Nuclear Power

With its aged nuclear power plant scheduled to close in a decade,...

Russia Claims Caspian States Reach Agreement on Sea's Status

The five states bordering the Caspian Sea have finally agreed on "all...

Kazakhstan: Uranium Miner Slashes Output Ahead of Privatization

Kazakhstan’s state-run uranium producer has said it plans to cut back output...

Abkhazia: Counting on a Cryptocurrency

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

Kazakhstan: Government Presses Forward on Hazy Growth Strategy

Kazakhstan’s government has approved a development strategy blueprint to be implemented by...

Kazakhstan: Official Tamps Down Ruthenium-106 Jitters

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

Russia Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste Hazards in Far North

Confronting one of the most hazardous environmental legacies of the Soviet era,...

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...

Kazakhstan: Financial Illiteracy Hampering Economic Recovery

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

Karabakh: What to Make of the Fresh Diplomatic Round?

With relative quiet continuing on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact, bilateral negotiations...

Uzbekistan Plans Its Own Hydropower Plant

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

Turkmenistan: Iran, Saudis Dangle Exits from Energy Cul-de-Sac

In these lean times, Turkmenistan has been seeking out potential clients and...

Iranian FM Goes to Tajikistan on Mission to Patch Up Relations

Iran’s foreign minister has embarked on a curious mission to Tajikistan, possibly...

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Power Grids to Reunite in Boon for the Region

In the latest heartening indication of improving energy cooperation in Central Asia,...

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

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

Russian-Armenian Tycoon Expanding Influence in Armenia

Samvel Karapetyan, an Armenian-born billionaire who has built a business empire in...

Uzbekistan & Turkey: Is It Love?

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

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

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

Azerbaijan: EBRD Gives Go Ahead for Azeri Pipeline Funding Despite “Laundromat” Allegations

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s board on October 18 approved...

Fuel Crisis Grips Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, a nation rich in hydrocarbons, is grappling with a gasoline shortage...

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

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

South Korea Looking for Ways to Boost Central Asian Trade

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

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Ink Era-Defining Partnership Deal

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

Georgia’s British Candidate

Georgia’s upcoming local elections would be quite local, indeed, were it not...

Georgia: Case of Abducted Azeri Journalist Stays in Spotlight, as Investigation Lags

Before this summer, if Leyla Mustafayeva walked into a coffee shop in...

Kyrgyzstan: Where Hydropower Dreams and Penny Stocks Meet

It is back to square one for Kyrgyzstan, as the Central Asian...

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Open New Chapter in Relations

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

China Eyes Iran as Important Belt and Road Hub

China’s strategic interest in Iran is intensifying. Chinese manufacturers are looking to...

Georgia: Still No Answers for Azerbaijani Journalist's Kidnapping

Three months have passed, but, still, Azerbaijani reporter Leyla Mustafayeva has no...

Starbucks Opening in Turkmenistan is Fake News

In a plush shopping center in Turkmenistan's capital, Ashgabat, a brand new...

Kyrgyzstan: Revamped Transnational Gas Pipeline Unveiled

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

Coca-Cola’s Secret Ingredient in Tajikistan: Sycophancy

Coca-Cola’s representative office in Tajikistan has, as a marketing gimmick, begun to...

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

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

Kazakhstan: Banking System Undermined by Expensive Credit

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

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: New PM Seen as Powerbroker of the Future

The chief of staff in the administration of Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev...

Georgia: Statistical Hiccup Prompts World Bank Downgrade

Georgia’s economy appeared to take a step backward earlier this summer when...

Turkmenistan: Indoor Games Playing Tricks on Population

It was almost seven years ago that Turkmenistan announced it would host...

Tajikistan Accuses Iran of Assassination Campaign in Foreign Policy Gambit

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

Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan: Energy Cooperation or Competition?

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have declared themselves strategic partners as the two sides...

Kazakhstan: Horse Milk Gallops Into the Dairy Market

Putting horse milk to better use has been 86-year-old Toregeldy Sharmanov’s life...

Russia: Does Website Closure Indicate the Kremlin Is Feeling Economic Pinch?

It seems that Russia’s economic troubles may be starting to hinder the...

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

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

Did Kyrgyzstan Get Sold a Hydropower Pup?

Barely a week passed after Kyrgyzstan triumphantly declared it had struck a...

Georgia: Backsliding on Rule of Law Is Damaging Investment Climate

A recent wave of confiscatory moves against foreign investors in Georgia –...

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation

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

Turkmenistan Abolishes Oil and Gas Construction Company to Save Cash

Turkmenistan has in an attempt to slash its expenditures scrapped the state...

Kazakhstan Set to Drift Away from OPEC Deal

Kazakhstan is, as expected, bracing to drift away from its role in...

Kyrgyzstan, Czech Company Sign Deal to Kick-Start Stalled Hydropower Project

Kyrgyzstan has signed a deal with a Czech company specializing in renewable...

Tajikistan Dreams of Regional Electricity Grid Rebirth

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

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...

Russia and Nuclear Power

In an age where sources of renewable energy are becoming an increasingly...

Uzbekistan: The Hard Labor Behind Soft Silk

As has always happened at the end of every May, Nasiba Barkasheva’s...

Time to Reset US Policy in the South Caucasus

Geopolitical conditions in the South Caucasus have experienced a substantial shift in...

Not All that Glitters in Kazakhstan Is Gold

By Mihra Rittmann, Central Asia Researcher at Human Rights Watch   Kazakhstan’s...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

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

Will the Great Gulf Game Spill Over Into the Caucasus?

The Caucasus has long been caught up in the rivalry between Russia...

Turkmenistan: Anti-Corruption Body Created to Fight Crisis

With the economic crisis in Turkmenistan getting only deeper, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov...

Georgia: Dissident Snatching Dents Georgia’s Image

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

Kazakhstan: Oil Output to Go Up Despite OPEC Pledges

Kazakhstan’s energy officials are continuing to officially confirm to the public what...

Georgia-Turkey-Azerbaijan Cooperation: Pragmatism Proves Durable Formula

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

Georgia: Tbilisi Protests Azerbaijani Journalist’s Kidnapping

As the trial of abducted Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli opened in Baku,...

Uzbekistan: Mr. Mirziyoyev Going to Washington

The leader of Uzbekistan’s next major official foreign visit will reportedly be...

Uzbekistan Banks on Russian Oil for New Refinery

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

Georgia: Reluctant Host for Azerbaijani Dissidents?

For years, Georgia has been a safe harbor for dissidents seeking to...

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Pledge Game-Changing Energy, Power Cooperation

The love affair between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan shows every sign of intensifying,...

Turkmenistan: Is Corruption Probe Sign of Government Panic?

A very public campaign against corruption in Turkmenistan is picking up steam...

Uzbekistan: President's China Trip Yields Giant Rewards

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