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With Port Project, Georgia Seeks Place on China's Belt and Road

For years, Beijing has cast a shadow on a patch of swamp...

Kazakhstan Steps Up Campaign Against Ultra-Orthodox Islam

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

Fear, Silence Weigh on Turkey's Armenians after Failed Coup

Aruş Taş, a silversmith in Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar, has witnessed decades...

Report: Uzbekistan Case Against Jailed Reporter to Be Dropped

A rights activist in Uzbekistan has claimed that sedition charges against reporter...

Georgia: US-Funded Media Outlet Grapples with Controversy

An in-house controversy within Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is spilling into the...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tajikistan: Searching for Food Security

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

Georgia: Dam Threatens Traditional Svan Way of Life

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

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...

Armenia Debates Shift Away From Nuclear Power

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

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

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

Armenians Rally Against American GMOs

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

Russian-Armenian Tycoon Expanding Influence in Armenia

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

Astana’s Plan to Stay Warm in the Winter? Build a Ring of One Million Trees

In 1997 the Kazakh president launched a plan to protect his new...

Armenia: EU Officials Making Tactical Retreat in Values War

Armenia’s government has introduced long-awaited legislation to ban domestic violence, an issue...

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge

Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater,...

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

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

Music Festival Brings Armenians, Azerbaijanis, and Georgians Together

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

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

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

Azerbaijan’s "Last Independent Media Outlet" Faces Persecution

Azerbaijan’s government has accused the Baku-based Turan Information Agency, widely seen as...

Armenia: Attitudes Toward Turks Slowly Changing

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

Azerbaijan Quickly Becoming Turks' Best (Only?) Friend

Turkey has gone through a rough foreign policy patch over the past...

Azerbaijan: Prison for a Blogger, Free Flats for Reporters

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

Georgia: Backsliding on Rule of Law Is Damaging Investment Climate

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

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...

Kyrgyzstan: Destroying Independent Media, Mission Accomplished

If the intention of Kyrgyzstan’s authorities was to destroy a prominent independent...

Crimea: Circumventing Trade Sanctions via Novorossiysk

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

Uzbekistan: Teenager Death Prompts Education Reforms

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

Kyrgyzstan: Lineage Associations and Informal Politics

As Kyrgyzstan constructs a modern national identity, a social institution long considered...

India, Pakistan Extend Reach of SCO to Half the World

After years of speculation about their accession, India and Pakistan have finally...

Uzbekistan: Preserving Life Amid an Environmental Disaster

Rafat Aimuratov is on a crusade to save Muynak....

World's Smallest Island-Nation May Lose US Aid Over Georgia's Breakaways

The tiny Pacific microstate of Nauru may lose US financial support after...

Turkey: In Winning Referendum, Erdoğan Loses Cities

Before he immersed himself in politics, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was...

Tajikistan: New Mayor’s Reign Begins With Transport Fiasco

When the president of Tajikistan earlier this year appointed his son to...

EurasiaNet Garners Nomination for an “Oscar of the Internet”

Journalist Andrew North’s dedication to “slow story-telling” has helped EurasiaNet.org garner a...

China’s Strategy in the Caucasus

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

Uzbekistan: Police Crackdown on Currency Traders Signals Elite Infighting

Shortly after lunchtime on March 20, a boxy, old Zhiguli sedan pulled...

Uzbekistan: EBRD Visit Marks Win for Liberal Faction

Top representatives of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development traveled to...

Azerbaijan, Dropping Out of Transparency Initiative, Issues Challenge to Foreign Investors

Azerbaijan has decided to leave the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) after...

Kyrgyzstan: Showdown Deepens Between Government and Opposition

The crowd that gathered on Bishkek’s Ala-Too Square on February 27 was...

Kyrgyzstan: A Haven for Reporters amid Love and Strife

In a rough neighborhood for journalists, Kyrgyzstan is a relative safe haven....

Georgia: PM Stokes Debate About Discrimination and the Sex Industry

In the heart of Tbilisi, not far from luxury hotels and high-end...

Tajikistan: Prosecutors Probe Bailed-Out Banks

Weeks after the government in Tajikistan announced an ambitious bond issue to...

Kyrgyzstan: Rural Residents Cope with Water Woes

In Kyrgyzstan’s southern Batken Region there is a village called Beshkent, where...

Azerbaijan: Using Soviet Methods to Revive Cotton Industry

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

Azerbaijan’s Holiday Gambit: Hanukkah, Trump and Netanyahu 

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

Separating Fact from Fiction in Russia’s ‘Information Wars’

The flurry of hacking, paranoia and fake news which preceded the biggest...

Uzbekistan: Familiar Landslide Election Win Portends More of the Same

The victory of Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Uzbekistan’s special presidential election December 4...

Watchdog Accuses Kazakhstan of Flouting Labor Rights

Kazakhstan is flouting the rights of its workers to organize in trade...

At the Movies: Azerbaijan’s ‘Ali and Nino’ Depicts Sugar-Sweet Caucasus

A screen adaptation of the South Caucasus’ famous love story, Ali and Nino, promoted...

With Donald Trump's Election, Georgia Dusts Off Plans for a Trump Tower

A real-estate development company in the South Caucasus state of Georgia, a...

The Armenian Diaspora and Armenia: A New Relationship?

Leading members of the Armenian Diaspora are looking to take on a...

NATO Agrees to Expand Naval, Air Patrols in Black Sea

NATO has agreed to come up with a "coordination body" to manage...

Can Millionaires Fix Armenia?

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

Kazakhstan: Subsidies Skew Media Development

The government of Kazakhstan maintains a system of state subsidies for mass...

Russia: Bank Scores Direct Hit in Info War

As it has demonstrated with stunning effect in Ukraine and elsewhere, Russia...

Uzbekistan Angles for $100M Job Creation Loan

Under the late President Islam Karimov, the government in Uzbekistan boasted unconvincingly...

Kazakhstan: Aktobe’s No. 1 Mosque Leaves Employees Unpaid

A shocking outbreak of violence in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe...

Uzbekistan: New Leader Carrying Out Personnel Overhaul

Uzbekistan’s interim leader is wasting no time in culling officials and bringing...

Armenia Acquires New Russian Missiles... Or Did It?

Armenia has shown off advanced missile systems it acquired from Russia, giving...

Uzbekistan: Leader’s Death Felt on Streets and in Pockets

Since reports began circulating about the death of Uzbekistan’s president, shoppers have...

Kazakhstan: Living with Semipalatinsk’s Nuclear Fallout

In the village of Znamenka in northeastern Kazakhstan, adults have vivid memories...

Kazakhstan: New Labor Code Squeezes Older Workers

Economic pressures are prompting older workers in Kazakhstan to stay on the...

Commentary: Hybrid Business -- The Risks in the Kremlin's Weaponization of the Economy

"How many divisions does the pope have?" Josef Stalin was meant to...

With New Deployment, Russia Aims at Air Dominance over Black Sea

Russia has announced the deployment of more advanced air defense systems to...

Georgia: Nuclear Smuggling Cases Raise Concern

Amid heightened concern about Islamic militant activity in Turkey, questions are being...

Contemporary Art from Former Soviet Union Finds Collectors

In the early 1990s, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, art...

Kazakhstan: Independent Magazine Killed by Squeezed Finances

A much-respected current affairs publication in Kazakhstan has announced it is set...

Azerbaijan: A New Course for Armenian Diplomacy After the Four-Day War

Commentary from Azerbaijan (Also see Introduction and Commentary from Armenia)...

U.S. Signals Greater Focus On Central Asian Security

The U.S.'s primary interests in Central Asia are making sure the region...

Azerbaijan’s Formula One: Engines Rev Up, Air Quality Goes Down

The upcoming June 17-19 Formula One race in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, may...

Kazakhstan: Aktobe Violence Wrongfoots Authorities

The weekend’s bloodshed in Kazakhstan seemed to catch the government off-guard....

Kazakhstan: At Least 10 Killed in Unrest Blamed on Extremists

Authorities in Kazakhstan said at least 10 people were killed on June...

Kazakhstan: Banks Deny Loans to Disabled Customers

Being hard of hearing in Kazakhstan is enough in at least one...

Kyrgyzstan: Gold Miner Fined Again as Saga Rolls on

Kyrgyzstan’s largest foreign investor is in hot water again and has been...

Kazakhstan: Struggling for Air in a Suffocating City

People in Almaty know their air is filthy, but when a group...

Russia: Charting Capital Flight

One way to gauge domestic confidence in Russia’s economic and political environment...

Kazakhstan: Graffiti Gets Artist Invitation to Festival

A graffiti artist in the industrial Kazakhstan town of Temirtau has ended...

Georgia: Project Aims to Boost Orthodox Church’s Support for EU Integration

Many proponents of European Union integration tend to see the Georgian Orthodox...

Georgia: Sex-Video Scandal Prompts Outcry that "Sex Is Not a Crime"

As the country heads toward a highly contested parliamentary election, Georgia has...

Tajikistan: Exiled Opposition Gets Reprieve, Pressure Strong at Home

The exiled opposition to President Emomali Rahmon’s rule in Tajikistan has enjoyed...

Kyrgyzstan: Court Rejects Reporter’s Lawsuit Against President

As should probably have been expected, a countersuit filed by journalist Dayirbek...

Tajikistan: Casting Net Abroad in Hunt for Opposition

The government’s persecution in Tajikistan of its domestic opposition in recent months...

Tajikistan: Data Gateway Deals Blow to Internet Freedom

In November, international experts and officials gathered in the capital of Tajikistan...

Gay Marriage Lawsuit Launched in Georgia

In a first for the Caucasus, a Georgian man has filed a...

Looking at Latvia’s Cultural Fault Line

A version of this article originally appeared on Re:Baltica.  Part 1 of...

Armenia and Georgia: Frenemy Battles over Song and Dance

The Caucasus’ most legendary love-hate relationship careened heavily toward hate recently amid...

Azerbaijan Blames Protests on Everything but Economy

They blame the opposition. Or “religious radicals.” Or even poachers. But whatever...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Make Martyrs of Political Nobodies

Authorities in Kazakhstan have flexed their muscles in an attempt to rattle...

It's Not Just About the Horse Penis, It's About the Gold Mine

Kyrgyz were variously enraged and bemused after a British expat working at...

The Russia-Turkey Spat: The Big Picture

The past, in particular a shared desire to right perceived historical wrongs,...

Report: Central Asia Key Site For Chinese Military Training

China places a priority on Central Asia as a site for training...

What Does Azerbaijan’s Crackdown Look Like From the Inside?

It has been a year since Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was...

Kyrgyzstan Expels U.S. Human Rights Monitor

Kyrgyzstan has barred entry to a researcher with advocacy group Human Rights...

Kazakhstan: NGO Law Approved Amid Civil Society Resistance

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed off on a controversial law regulating the...

Kazakhstan: Donkey Wrestler Puts Animal Abuse on Agenda

Cruelty to animals has hit the headlines in Kazakhstan following the arrest...

Turkmenistan: IMF Forecasts Big Dip in Economic Growth

Turkmenistan is set to experience a notable slowdown in economic growth in...