Russia accused of killing Georgian, but Tbilisi stays silent

Joshua Kucera Sep 12, 2019
Lopota A screenshot of a Georgian TV report about a police operation in the Lopota Gorge, near Dagestan, in 2012. The killing of an ethnic Chechen Georgian citizen has brought up unwelcome memories of that episode.

The dramatic murder of a Georgian citizen in Germany, apparently by Russian security services, has made worldwide news. But in Georgia itself, reaction to the killing has been uncharacteristically muted, as it has revived recent historical memories inconvenient to both the government and the opposition.

Pashinyan calls for unification between Armenia and Karabakh

Joshua Kucera Aug 6, 2019
Stepanakert The crowd for Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's speech in Stepanakert. (photo: Facebook, Nikol Pashinyan)

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has visited Nagorno-Karabakh and called for the reunification of Armenia with Karabakh. The forceful appeal indicated that Pashinyan is taking a harder line on Karabakh even as he has made efforts to revive the negotiations with Azerbaijan over settling the conflict.

Kremlin continues pressure campaign against “Russophobia” in Georgia

Joshua Kucera Jun 24, 2019
anti-Russia protests Signs opposing Russia and its president on display at a June 20 demonstration in Tbilisi. The Kremlin has responded to the protests by trying to stop Russian tourists from visiting Georgia. (photo: George Gogua)

Amid their worst crisis in years Russia continued to increase the pressure on Georgia, with officials in Moscow hinting at the possibility of blocking imports of Georgian wine and saying they were forced to act because of “Russophobic” sentiments being expressed in Georgia.

Fatal frontline shootings heighten tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Joshua Kucera Jun 3, 2019
OSCE monitoring Vehicles from the OSCE monitoring mission on the line of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces. (photo: MoD Azerbaijan)

In recent days one Armenian and one Azerbaijani soldier were killed on the Nagorno-Karabakh line of contact, a rare outburst of deadly violence since the two sides began a new round of negotiations over ending their decades-long conflict.

After peace negotiations, threats of war break out between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Joshua Kucera Apr 1, 2019
Tonoyan Armenian Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan, inspecting positions near the border with Azerbaijan in May 2018. Tonoyan recently threatened to take more Azerbaijani territory. (photo:

In the wake of the first meeting between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to discuss a peace deal for their long-running conflict, a war of words has erupted between the two sides.

First formal Aliyev-Pashinyan meeting deemed a success

Joshua Kucera Mar 30, 2019
Aliyev Pashinyan Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan meet in Vienna. (photo:

The first formal meeting between Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev met the modest expectations that most observers had for it, with both sides assessing the negotiations positively and pledging to continue talks.

Post-Soviet conflict areas see promise, threat in Trump’s Golan Heights announcement

Joshua Kucera Mar 27, 2019
Trump Netanyahu U.S. President Donald Trump and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu show off a decree recognizing the Golan Heights as part of Israel. (photo: Twitter, Benjamin Netanyahu)

When U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would formally recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel, most of the rest of the world rejected the move. But he found an ally in the de facto leadership of Nagorno-Karabakh.

CSTO to remain headless another year – report

Joshua Kucera Feb 22, 2019
CSTO CSTO member state heads of state meet at the group's las summit, in St. Petersburg in November. The group has operated without a secretary general since then. (photo; CSTO)

As the leadership struggle between Armenia and the rest of the Collective Security Treaty Organization drags on, Russia – which dominates the group – is coming to the conclusion that the solution may just be not to name a secretary general until Armenia’s current term expires next year.