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Turkmenistan: Digging your way out of trouble

There is a sequence in Barbet Schroeder’s 1974 documentary about the late Ugandan leader...

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...

Turkmenistan: Caspian windfall can’t come quickly enough

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

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...

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....

Tajikistan: Four foreign cyclists killed in apparent attack

Four tourists, including two U.S. citizens, were killed in Tajikistan while cycling...

Russian telecoms giant seeks $750M in damages from Turkmenistan

Russian telecommunications giant MTS has filed a case with a World Bank...

Saudis brag about giving Tajikistan $200M in aid

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

Kazakhstan: In two minds about cryptocurrencies

The cryptocurrency business can be a flash in the pan....

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...

Georgia’s displaced stuck in crumbling Soviet resort town

In the ruined resort town of Tskaltubo, the Soviet-era hotels were once...

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...

Central Asia sees opportunity in US-China trade war

In the escalating trade dispute between Washington and Beijing, Central Asia stands...

The soft power of fame: A Kazakh star in China

In May, China televised a live concert to celebrate its grand infrastructure...

Armenia's old regime fights legal onslaught

The government of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is undertaking a wide-ranging...

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: New law limits outflow of money

A law has come into effect in Kazakhstan stiffening control over the...

Azerbaijan suffers blackout, and political blame game begins

Azerbaijan suffered a massive, country-wide blackout after an explosion at a power...

Georgian government shells out on ACs to cool public anger

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

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

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

With draft convention, resolution of Caspian Sea status appears closer than ever

A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea,...

Azerbaijan's "dream" pipeline commissioned – but troubles remain

Upwards of a thousand dignitaries – including the presidents of Turkey, Georgia,...

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...

Stolen cattle provoke anti-Turkish backlash in Georgian border villages

Residents of a village on Georgia's border with Turkey have blocked a...

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

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

Perspectives | Floating nuclear power plant prepares for launch

Russian officials believe they have come up with an innovative way to...

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...

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...

Armenian youth, the ‘engine of the revolution,’ fight for a fairer society

For many of the activists who took to Yerevan's streets in recent...

Kazakhstan: Government dips into pension pot to help banks

The president of Kazakhstan has promised to put an end to state...

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...

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...

New report lifts lid on Azerbaijani elites’ business empires

Azerbaijan’s most powerful families have been using offshore networks to make investments...

Tajikistan takes another go at bond market

Heavily indebted Tajikistan has reportedly decided to take another run at the...

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

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

Perspectives | Washington joins Azerbaijan to undercut a transparency initiative

Campaigners were joyous nine years ago when Azerbaijan became the first country...

Armenia and Azerbaijan compete to attract Iranian cargo

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

Kyrgyzstan: In Kazarman, nothing gold can stay

The language of gold-making spills easily from people’s mouths in Kazarman. Every...

China assures Kazakhstan that US trade offensive won't hit imports

China has pledged to boost imports from Kazakhstan and guaranteed that US...

Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

Masha Udensiva-Brenner tells the story of New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson’s...

European Investment Bank Approves $1 Billion Funding for TANAP Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 932 million Euros ($1.15 billion)...

Central Asia Leaders Confab but Stop Short of Binding Commitments

A gathering of Central Asia presidents held in Kazakhstan’s capital this week...

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

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

Perspectives | What Another Six Years of Putin Spells for Russia’s Economy

Most Russians would be forgiven for skipping this month’s presidential election. With...

Kyrgyzstan: The Ponzi that Broke a Village

When Sattylyk first arrived in Boz Beshik, a little village poised scenically...

Turkmenistan: TAPI Deadline Pushed Back to 2022?

The government of Turkmenistan has regularly stated it expects the trans-Afghan TAPI...

Turkmenistan's Plan B: Electricity Exports

With all the fanfare that accompanied the recent start to work on...

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

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

South Ossetian Police Pressure Investigative Journalist

Government authorities in the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia have pressured...

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

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

Azerbaijan: Small Bookstore Owner Describes Hostile Takeover by Powerful Minister

Nigar Kocharli opened her first bookstore – a small space in a...

European Bank Approves 1.5 Billion Euros For Azeri Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 1.5 billion euros in financing...

TAPI Enters Afghan Phase with Little Cash and Many Problems

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

Something Brewing: Georgia’s Tea Renaissance

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


Perspectives | Is the Eurasian Belt and Road Headed toward a Rate Wrangle?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative may be in its infancy,...

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...

Tajikistan: Is Islamic Banking the Future?

Many of Tajikistan’s traditional banks are wobbling due to years of chronic...

Kazakhstan: Airlines Warn of Price Increases as Taxes Rise

Some prominent international air carriers working in Kazakhstan last week formed a...

Kazakhstan: Dutch Court Lifts $22B Freeze on National Fund Assets

A court in the Netherlands has lifted a freeze of $22 billion...

Kazakhstan: Businessman a Hostage in Astana-Ablyazov Feud?

Without warning one evening in November, agents from Kazakhstan’s security services mobbed...

Presidential Selection: Armen Sargsyan’s Second Coming to Armenia

On January 19, Armenia’s outgoing president Serzh Sargsyan presented his ambassador to...

Turkmenistan Bans Sex, Drugs and Violence on TV

Turkmenistan has adopted broadcasting legislation that in effect bans the depiction on...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Travels to US for Working Visit

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

Azerbaijani Journalist Abducted in Georgia Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Azerbaijani investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who went missing in Tbilisi in May...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

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

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

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

Kazakhstan: US Bank Freezes $22Bln in National Fund Assets

A leading US bank has frozen $22 billion worth of assets belonging...

Georgia: Dam Threatens Traditional Svan Way of Life

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

The Belt and Road through Eurasia: Who Wins and How?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative will have its winners and...

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

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

Uzbekistan Restoring Closer Military Ties with Russia

Uzbekistan has agreed to buy Russian attack helicopters, the latest sign that...

Tajikistan: How a Broke Government Keeps its Books Balanced

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

With Opening of Turkish Border, Georgia's Armenians Grow Uneasy

A few weeks ago, residents of the village of Dadash, on Georgia's...

Kazakhstan Looks to Azerbaijan for Gas Transit

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

Tajikistan: Aluminum Giant Suffers Output Slump

Tajik Aluminum Company, by far Tajikistan’s largest industrial concern, has said it...

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,...

Eurasian Economic Union:  Many Problems, Few Solutions

The squabble between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan was relatively petty, but the cracks...

Abkhazia: Counting on a Cryptocurrency

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

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...

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

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

Afghanistan Betting on Transit Corridor to Europe via Caucasus

Eurasia has no shortage of ambitious, difficult-to-implement transit route projects in the...

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...