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It’s been a notable week for Azerbaijan’s efforts to control both foreign and Azerbaijani narratives about itself. Russian-Israeli-Ukrainian blogger Alexander Lapshin got a three-year prison sentence for traveling to Nagorno Karabakh -- the first...
An ethnically diverse historic neighborhood in Tbilisi has become the battlefield for an ongoing cultural war in Georgia over minorities’ rights, with two demonstrations – one by ultranationalists, the second against them --  pounding the...
Donald Trump, Junior’s much-scrutinized “Russian” meeting has a broadening Caucasus dimension to it. Enter Irakli Kaveladze, a Georgian-born businessman who, US media outlets have reported, attended the Trump campaign’s sit-down with a high-profile...
Carrying crosses, icons and flags, hundreds of Georgians marched through an increasingly Middle Eastern retail district in downtown Tbilisi on July 14 to call for an end to Muslim immigration. Police, journalists and bystanders urged bewildered...
Azerbaijani-Russian pop star Emin Agalarov has landed on the American political stage pretty much the same way that he descended from the sky during his 2012 Eurovision Song Contest performance -- out of nowhere. Still, perhaps it's only fitting...
They talked election meddling and Syria. And, in some way, cyber-security. But, as far as is known, during their two-hour-plus, July 7 get-together in Hamburg, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin did not broach last week’s...
For the first time ever, a foreign citizen who visited breakaway Nagorno Karabakh, the Caucasus’ main flashpoint, is now on trial in Azerbaijan for allegedly violating the country’s borders. Its outcome could have serious implications for how far...
Just over a month since the kidnapping of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from Tbilisi, the Georgian government still has no official explanation for his disappearance from the Georgian capital and incarceration in an Azerbaijani jail. As yet...
This Sunday, just as Georgia was caught up in another national debate about its constitutional future -- is it going to be a parliamentary republic, a presidential republic or a little bit of both? -- a voice from above pitched the idea of a...
Already featuring a record-length cableway, Armenia plans to launch the world’s longest, nearly 2.7-kilometer-long zip line this summer to rope in more tourists.   Its ancient cultural heritage, which, incidentally, includes the world’s...