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Young Azerbaijani teachers heed the call of village life

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

Tajikistan: Searching for Food Security

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

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...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: Dirty Election, Vibrant Electorate

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

Georgia’s British Candidate

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

Kyrgyzstan: Government Struggles to Reduce Landslide Threats

On the night of March 26 in the village of Nichke-Say in...

Kazakhstan: Memories of the Chechen Exodus Don’t Fade

Polina Ibrayeva is now a frail old lady with sparkling brown eyes....

Uzbekistan: Hard-Pressed Population Unimpressed by Election Fanfare

When Uzbek citizens go to vote in a special presidential election on...

Kyrgyzstan: Constitution Fixes Cause Cracks in Coalition

Kyrgyzstan’s five-party ruling coalition appears to have seen better days as quarrels...

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

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

Uzbekistan: The Men Who Buried Karimov

It was Tajikistan’s presidential press service, of all people, that provided some...

Kazakhstan: Celebrity Beating Puts Spotlight on Issue of Domestic Violence

Pop music producer and actress Bayan Yessentayeva may not be the most...

Kyrgyzstan: Earthquake Crisis Reveals Cracks in the System

Months after an earthquake shook the Kara-Suu district of southern Kyrgyzstan, families...

Georgia Investigates Alleged ISIS Blog

A Georgian-language blog that claims to represent Islamic State terrorists is spreading...

Turkmenistan Set to Scrap Core Welfare Benefits

In a signal of a major downgrade in Turkmenistan’s generous welfare system,...

Grisly Murder in Tajikistan Reveals Tensions in Family Ties

From Tajikistan, a family affair to forget.   On August 25, a...

Kyrgyzstan: Five Years After Pogroms, Healing a Work in Progress

For years, Kyrgyz herders from Osh’s hilly outskirts would come down to...

Kyrgyzstan: Activists Say Government Dithering on Disability Convention

When Maria Neboga’s daughter was diagnosed at birth with three debilitating neurological...

'Slowly, Change is Coming': Life for Women in the Post-Soviet World

From bride kidnapping to the gender pay gap, women in the 15...

The Fight to Reclaim Pankisi

Georgia’s poverty-stricken northeast valley is struggling to dump its label as a nest of terrorists...

Armenians Struggle for the Right to Die without Pain

For Heghine Simonian, the memories of her 27-year-old daughter’s suffering are still...

Kyrgyzstan: Off-Radar Gold Mine Sustains Mountain Village

A generation after independence from the Soviet Union, most villages in Kyrgyzstan...

Azerbaijan: Emphasizing IDPs’ Right to Return over Right to Stay Put

Nearly 20 years after a ceasefire brought a halt to all-out warfare...

Turkmenistan: Opposition Blasts Government for Water, Heating Cuts

An exiled opposition leader says cuts to basic utilities signal that Turkmenistan’s...

Azerbaijan: Wishing Critical Media "Давай, До Свидания" During Election Campaign

Azerbaijan has hit the obligatory day of silence before its October 9...

Armenia Says It Is No Longer Poor

Never mind all those labor migrants and the protests over transportation-fare hikes....

Georgia Arrests a Minaret

After a forced separation from the mosque it calls home, a minaret...

Turkey: Amidst Economic Boom, Popular Gloom

In his EurasiaNet article today, my colleague Dorian Jones argues convincingly that...

Kazakhstan: Will the Elderly “Swallow” Pension Reform?

Zhaken Bissenova, the head of a non-profit that helps impoverished women in...

Kyrgyzstan: Bride Kidnapping Not Just a Rural Phenomenon

Seven years ago Aijan was walking home from her waitressing job in...

Kazakhstan Gets Nazarbayev’s Official Life Story

Star of stage and screen, fairy-tale hero – Kazakhstan’s Leader of the...

Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan: Disputed Border Heightens Risk of Conflict

Ask an ethnic Kyrgyz in the cramped village of Tash-Tumshuk what country...

Uzbekistan Detains Market Photographers for “Pursuing a Strategic Goal”

Two independent journalists have been detained in Uzbekistan’s capital for taking photos...

Turkmenistan Domestic Developments

Turkmen Schools Lack Teachers...

Turkmenistan Economic News

Prices in Turkmenistan Continue to Increase...

Turkey: Village Preserves “Bird Language” in a Cell-Phone World

In most ways, Kuşköy resembles countless other villages nestled in the Pontic...

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek’s “New Settlements” Produce Winners and Losers

In the newer suburbs that ring the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, a piece...

Kyrgyzstan: Agricultural Woes Give Way to Food Security Concerns

Kyrgyzstan was renowned during the Soviet era as a producer of milk...

Tajikistan: Using Force to Maintain a Standing Army

Hunger, unheated barracks, beatings and regular outbreaks of disease: it could be...

Kazakhstan: Concern Rising Over Ethnic Kazakh Returnees

Not far from Kazakhstan’s main seaport on the Caspian Sea lies a...

Central Asia: Struggling to Keep the Lights On

A combination of severe cold and antiquated infrastructure this winter is leaving...

Uzbekistan: French Journalist Acquitted in Libel Case of President's Daughter

A French court today acquitted a journalist who had been sued for...

Kazakhstan's Leader of the Nation Takes a Bow

Hot on the heels of a silver screen version of Kazakh President...

Turkmenistan: Rally Organizers Arrested; Complaints Commission Formed

Remember those 50 demonstrators in Ashgabat who were mad that their homes...

Bride Kidnapping: A Tradition Or A Crime?

Some 200 people took to the streets in a northern Kyrgyz province...

Kyrgyzstan Lifts Ban On International Adoptions

Azamat was abandoned by his mother at a Bishkek maternity ward the...

Tajikistan’s Ethnic Uzbeks: Poor Like Everyone, But Sidelined More

Ask one of the million-plus ethnic Uzbeks living in Tajikistan how bad...

Picking Up The Pieces Following Kandahar Offensive

Abdul Wahid, a young farmer in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar Province, has mixed...

Mongolia: The Land of Steppes Searches for Urban Planning Solution

Mongolia may be best known for its endless steppe and nomadic culture,...

Afghanistan: Donor Funding Missing Mark

Aid workers in Afghanistan say the expanding scope of the Islamic radical...

Turkey: Homemade Vehicles Take Root in Rural Regions

Ismail Aktekin is a simple farmer in Turkey's Konya province. But history...

Kyrgyzstan Ranks Last in Major Education Assessment

Officials at Kyrgyzstan’s Education Ministry have little reason to celebrate this holiday...

Where's That Second Party in Turkmenistan?

Back in February, after Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov visited France and met...

In One Azerbaijan Village, 'Carrying Water Is Women's Work'

CELEBILER, Azerbaijan -- In this small, dusty village in central Azerbaijan, daily...

Ethnic Russian Sect Struggling to Survive in Azerbaijan

When Ivan Varonin passed away in late June at the age of...

Soviet-Era Registration System Fosters Discontent in Kyrgyzstan

Azim Pasanov’s home on the outer limits of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, has...

Georgia's Elderly Remarkable, But Record-breaking?

Recent publicity about an allegedly 129-year-old woman living in a mountain village...

Turkmen Farmers Caught Between Collectivization, Privatization

MARY PROVINCE, Turkmenistan -- For Bagul, a 35-year-old mother of three struggling...

Georgia: Amid Democratization, Village Elder Tradition Survives in Mountainous Svaneti Region

In the remote mountain villages of Georgia’s northwest region of Svaneti, 84-year-old...

Three Women Reflect on International Women's Day

Diana Karibova, a 24-year-old marketing manager at the American Chamber of Commerce,...

Mongolia: Ethnic Kazakhs Eye Land of Opportunity to the West

There was a festive mood in a village in Mongolia's Khovd District...

Tajikistan: In Remote Badakhshan, Community Funds Spearhead Economic Independence

Isolated from the rest of Tajikistan, with their own dialect and religious...

Kazakhstan: President Nazarbayev Marks Two Decades in Power

When Nursultan Nazarbayev took charge of Soviet Kazakhstan 20 years ago, he...

New Power Line Lights Up Afghan Capital

The lights are on again in Kabul. And that's no small change....

Uzbekistan: Tashkent's Job-Creation Plans May Stoke Rural Discontent

Amid a worsening financial picture in Uzbekistan, President Islam Karimov is pulling...

Tajikistan: Dushanbe Confronts Dysfunction in Education Sector

With a fast-growing population, teacher shortage and an outdated curriculum, Tajikistan is...

Turkey: Erdogan's AKP Party Looks to Sweep Local Elections

Turkey's Islamic-rooted governing party looks set to solidify its hold over domestic...

Kazakhstan: Astana Lures Ethnic Kazakh Migrants with Financial Incentives

In spite of the current gloom-and-doom economic atmosphere in Kazakhstan, Astana is...

Azerbaijan: Energy-Rich, Healthcare-Poor

Azerbaijan may have the mega-energy revenues needed to build roads and to...

Afghanistan: One Of The World's Most Difficult Places To Become A Mother

In Afghanistan's northeastern Badakhshan Province, Sharifa feeds rice and bread to her...

Afghanistan: Marriage Practice Victimizes Young Girls, Society

Most girls dream about about falling in love, getting married in a...

Central Asia: Banned Islamic Group Hizb ut-Tahrir Continues To Gain Members

Authorities in Central Asia say membership in the banned Islamic group Hizb...

Ruling Party Takes Huge Lead In Turkish Election

Early results show Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) party leading by...

Turkey: In Some Areas, Clans Call the Political Shots

When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdrogan recently expressed a wish to...

Turkish Fishing Villages Blame Pipeline for Dwindling Catches

"For the fisherman, life has gotten worse since the pipeline arrived," said...

Afghanistan: World Bank Country Director Sees 'Staggering' Changes

The World Bank's director for Afghanistan, Alastair McKechnie, says he expects the...

Afghanistan: World Bank Country Director Sees 'Staggering' Changes

The World Bank's director for Afghanistan, Alastair McKechnie, says he expects the...

Turkey: A Divided Country Struggles For Identity

Islamic head scarf or miniskirt? In a nutshell, that's the choice Turks...

Turkmenistan: The Human Toll Of Ashgabat's Evictions

Authorities in the capital of Turkmenistan launched an ambitious policy of urban...

Kyrgyzstan: Debate On Legalized Polygamy Continues

The debate on legalizing polygamy has returned to Kyrgyzstan. The issue has...

Azerbaijan: Coping With The Oil Windfall

From the minute you arrive in Baku, you can smell the oil....

Nagorno-Karabakh: A Limbo with No End

It could be viewed as a success. According to the UN's refugee...