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Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian village becomes showcase of postwar reconstruction

Two years ago, Azerbaijani troops entered the village of Talish, less than...

Azerbaijan's New Pro-Government TV Network Has Some Familiar Faces

A new, all-news television station has started broadcasting in Azerbaijan. And as...

Perspectives | Contrasting the Media in America and Russia

Both Russian and American media have come under scrutiny in the United...

Kazakhstan to Spend $840M on Countering Religious Extremism

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

Central Asia: Put Out the Islamic State Flags

A curious little drama has played out in Tajikistan that neatly encapsulates...

Azerbaijani Government Taps Social Media to Woo Youth

Last August, a new, Azeri-language media brand appeared on Facebook and immediately...

Perspectives | A Guide to Central Asia's Sacred Spaces

Władysław Bukowiński, a Polish priest born in what is now Ukraine, was...

Russia Picks Fight With Armenia Over Nazi Collaboration

A historical dispute between Armenia and Russia over Armenia's liberation-hero-turned-Nazi-collaborator has reignited,...

Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

Three men in plain white face masks gaze into the camera as...

Kazakhstan: Online Anonymity Ban in Force from April

Kazakhstan has set the clock running on stamping out anonymous commenting on...

Georgia’s Communists, With Chinese Help, Fight to Preserve Stalin’s Press

Deep in Tbilisi’s Avlabari district sits an old, derelict wooden house. Beneath...

Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

Azerbaijan’s government is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing...

Five Peculiar Soviet Cartoons for the Holidays

Since it’s that time of year again, readers with (or without) an...

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...

Russian TV Backs Down After Calling Armenian Hero "Fascist Collaborator"

A Russian state television station has apologized after airing a segment about...

Georgia: US Works to Counter Russian Narratives

Using means like television programs, fact-checking websites, and book clubs, the United...

What if the Soviet Union had not Collapsed?

As states go, the Soviet Union died young. It also never made...

Kazakhstan: New-Look Alphabet Makes First Outings

A local newspaper in northern Kazakhstan has become the first publication to...

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

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

The Russian Orthodox Church and the Impact of Bolshevism

It is common knowledge that the advent of Bolshevism in 1917 was...

Celebrity Chef Bourdain Visits Armenia, Karabakh, Probably Not Azerbaijan

American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has visited Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, to...

Armenia: EU Officials Making Tactical Retreat in Values War

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

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

There are echoes of Soviet times in the way Russia has been...

Evaluating the Risks Posed by Russia’s Nuclear Upgrade

In recently staged exercises, dubbed Zapad, Russian armed forces displayed a robust...

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

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

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

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

Report: Nationalist Rhetoric on the Rise in Armenia and Azerbaijan

A new report has detailed how nationalist rhetoric has become more widespread...

Georgia: Media Initiative Focuses on Debunking Fake News Reports

Tamuna Kintsurashvili and her team huddle over Apple Macbooks in a nondescript...

Putin’s Surprise Myanmar Challenge from Chechnya

Ramzan Kadyrov has called himself a foot soldier in Putin’s army, but...

Uzbekistan Moves to Rehabilitate Blacklisted Muslims

State television in Uzbekistan has reported that some 16,000 people formerly featured...

Kim Kardashian West Reportedly “Infiltrates” Azerbaijan with Lipstick 

Azerbaijan has detected something of a national security breach. And this time...

Azerbaijan’s Displaced Footballers Become European Cinderellas

Qarabag FK, an Azerbaijani internally displaced soccer team, became the country's first...

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...

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

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

Azerbaijan’s ANS: Death of a TV Station

“I’ll call ANS TV.” Until a year ago, that was the threat...

Georgians March against Muslim Immigrants

Carrying crosses, icons and flags, hundreds of Georgians marched through an increasingly...

Tajikistan: Relatives of Islamic State Commander Killed in Clash

Four close relatives of the riot police commander that left Tajikistan to...

Why Russian Ultranationalists Confronted Their Own Government on the Battlefields of Ukraine

On a snowy January day in 2016, a small crowd assembled in...

Kazakhstan: Astana Airport Named After Nazarbayev

In an inevitable development, the government of Kazakhstan has decided to name...

Russian-Speaking LGBT Community Shows Pride

Vulnerable to persecution in Russia and other states in Eurasia, Russian-speaking members...

Azerbaijan Tags Armenia, Georgia in Journalist Kidnapping

It only took so much time before Azerbaijan blamed Armenia for the...

Georgia: Disapproval Rising for NATO Membership

NATO recently recognized Georgia’s contributions to peacekeeping missions from Afghanistan to Kosovo...

Kazakhstan: Activist Recantation Demoralizes Civil Society

Only two years ago, civic rights activist Olesya Khalabuzar was proclaiming ambitiously...

Backlash Grows Against Ukraine’s Attempts to Block Russian Social Media

The Ukrainian government has descended to the Kremlin’s level with its decision...

Tajikistan: Citizens Doling Out Violence to Law Enforcers

The southern Tajikistan region of Khatlon has seen two vicious attacks on...

Uzbekistan: Top UN Human Rights Official on Landmark Visit

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, arrived...

No Ticket to Ride: Georgia Blocks Pro-Kremlin Biker Brigade

The last time a large group of Russian vehicles, revving their engines,...

Russia: Confessions of a (Former) State TV Reporter

After working for Kremlin TV, a Russian reporter explains how the state...

Uzbekistan: Russia-Themed War Remembrance Ribbons Ruffle Feathers

In advance of the May 9 holidays to mark victory in World...

Azerbaijan: Creationist Textbooks Stir Controversy, Public Action

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

Uzbekistan: Internet Cafes, Gaming Halls Closed En Masse

Security services in Uzbekistan have for the last few days been ordering...

Xinjiang: China Wary of Possible Islamic State Terror Attack

Chinese authorities are on high alert in western Xinjiang province after the...

Searching for Putin’s Swedish Friends

Dissatisfied with the mainstream media, Sweden’s old left and alt-right find common...

Central Asia: Chinese Authorities on High Alert in Xinjiang Over IS Threat

Chinese authorities are on high alert in western Xinjiang Province after the...

Ukraine: Are We Seeing a Lull Before the Russian Storm?

Western media may not be paying much attention now to Ukraine, but...

Why Europe’s Last Dictator May Suddenly Need Uncensored TV

Belarus may lose the only TV channel that dares to criticize its...

Moldova and Ukraine: Diverging Neighbors?

To a casual observer, Moldova and Ukraine appear quite similar with their...

Russian Cyber Operations: 2017 and Beyond

As Russia's alleged cyber-intrusions into U.S....

Uzbekistan: Anti-Terrorist Blockbuster Slated by Public

The recently released trailer for a film telling the story of militant...

Armenia: Is Concern About Domestic Violence a Liberal Value?

Legislation aimed at preventing domestic violence in Armenia has been scuttled after...

Uzbekistan Churns Out New Anti-Terrorism Melodrama

A movie hitting the big screens in Uzbekistan this week is a...

Team Trump on Russia: Words and Actions

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has picked his Cabinet members and advisors. Here...

Azerbaijan: Deepening Economic Crisis Stimulating Brain Drain

Even when Hasan Suleymanov had a steady job, he could barely get...

Kazakhstan: Fake State TV Interview Claims Newsreader Job

A state-controlled TV channel in Kazakhstan has waded into a fresh scandal...

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

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

Kazakhstan: Conviction Shows Separatism Nerves Still Raw

A man in northern Kazakhstan has reportedly been sentenced to 5 1/2...

Russia: The Clash of Civilizations Comes to Valdai Club

Founded in 2004 with the support of the Russian government, the Valdai...

Remembering Edward Allworth

It was with immense grief that I heard that my mentor and...

Russia: Bank Scores Direct Hit in Info War

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

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Stature Grows After Death

Uzbekistan’s long-serving leader may be dead, but the government is intent on...

Uzbekistan: The Life and Legacy of Islam Karimov

Following days of uncertainty surrounding the fate of the septuagenarian strongman who...

Uzbekistan’s 2011 Constitutional Reforms and Succession

Tinkering with constitutions in authoritarian nations rarely draws much attention,  and understandably...

Azerbaijan: Mountain Jews See Government as Protectors

Beyond Azerbaijan’s bustling capital city of Baku, with its modern skyline now...

Kazakhstan and the Cyber-Snitch

It's no secret that social-network sites on the Internet are being abused...

With Pro-NATO, Pro-Russia Proposals, Geopolitics Enters Georgia's Elections

Geopolitics has taken center stage in Georgia's election campaign, with one party...

Google Maps Reverts to Soviet-Era Place Names in Russia-Annexed Crimea

U.S. tech giant Google has reinstated existing Soviet-era place names on online...

Russian Paper Shuttered Over Tajikistan Slur

The Tajikistan edition of Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda has been shuttered following...

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...

Coup Attempt Ripple Effect: Azerbaijan Closes TV Station

Azerbaijan, a strategic ally of Turkey, has suspended a national TV station...

Kazakhstan: Independent Magazine Killed by Squeezed Finances

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

Uzbekistan & China: Friends in a Time of Need

Forth of a Five-Part Series...

Azerbaijan: Pharrell Williams' Few Words on Freedom

American singer Pharrell Williams became the only visiting celebrity to call for...

Kazakhstan: At Least 10 Killed in Unrest Blamed on Extremists

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

Kazakhstan: Mud-Slinging at Protesters Highlights Apparent Media Double Standards

Aimira Shaukentayeva reads her news bulletins with a stony and ferocious demeanor....

Georgia: How Closely Should the State Embrace the Church?

Twenty-five years after regaining its sovereignty, the South Caucasus country of Georgia...

Kyrgyzstan: Anti-LGBT Bill Hits the Buffers

A draft bill in Kyrgyzstan aimed at marginalizing lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

Georgia: A “Family” Gathering Commemorates an Anti-Gay Riot

An anti-LGBTQ conference provides ecumenical and political unity among American, Georgian and...

Georgia Debates Stalin and NATO

The South Caucasus country of Georgia marked May 9, the day former...

Russia: Young, Russian, Gay, and Pro-Putin

Why do many Russian LGBTQ members support Putin’s presidency?...

Kyrgyzstan’s Beacon of Tolerance Under Threat From Manufactured Kremlin Homophobia

We knock again, hard. But still there is no sound of anyone...

Investigating Money and Power, Prokhorov's RBC Seen in Firing Line

MOSCOW -- Just a few years ago, Russian media group RBC had...

Azerbaijan Slams Amal Clooney as Armenia’s Secret Weapon

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney’s April 26 remarks to the BBC have...

The Clooneys' Star Power in the Caucasus

It has been a Caucasian weekend for the Clooney couple. The Hollywood-star...

Nagorno-Karabakh: Trying to Separate Fact from Fiction

When the deadliest fighting in decades broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh in early...

Can Karabakh Pull Back from the Brink?

After a long simmer, the Nagorno-Karabakh war has once again boiled over....

Azerbaijan: Can a Water Reservoir Help Resolve the Karabakh Conflict?

Water, or more accurately access to water, is just another weapon in...

Georgia: The Unhappiest Country in the Ex-USSR?

Georgia is one sad post-Soviet place, according to the World Happiness Report, which...