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Azerbaijan: Painting With Oil – No, Not that Oil

One day, when he was seven years old, Sabir Chopuroglu's parents brought...

Turkey Suspends Talk Show for ‘Insulting’ Azeri Leader and Wife

Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog suspended a popular talk radio program and slapped one...

Iran's Caspian Flagship "Seriously Damaged"

The flagship of Iran's Caspian naval fleet has been seriously damaged, and...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

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

Iran Denies Compromise on Caspian Division

Iran has denied Russian claims that it has agreed on how to...

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

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

Kazakhstan Looks to Azerbaijan for Gas Transit

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

Russia Claims Caspian States Reach Agreement on Sea's Status

The five states bordering the Caspian Sea have finally agreed on "all...

Iran Launches New Corvette on Caspian

Iran has launched a new warship on to the Caspian, in what...

Afghanistan Betting on Transit Corridor to Europe via Caucasus

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

Turkmenistan: Iran, Saudis Dangle Exits from Energy Cul-de-Sac

In these lean times, Turkmenistan has been seeking out potential clients and...

Turkmenistan: Fear and Loathing in Ashgabat

When the opportunity arose to travel to Turkmenistan and cover the 5th Asian...

Full Steam Ahead: Long-Awaited Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Opens

The launch of a new railway in the South Caucasus has the...

Azerbaijani Navy Visits Iran for First Time Amid Warming Ties

Azerbaijan's navy has made its first-ever visit to Iran, signaling warming ties...

Russia to Build New Home Base for Caspian Flotilla

Russia is planning to create a new home base for its Caspian...

Azerbaijan and BP Cement Ties Through 2050

The government of Azerbaijan signed a new production sharing agreement (PSA) with the...

Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan: Energy Cooperation or Competition?

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have declared themselves strategic partners as the two sides...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

Established in 1997, GUAM—a platform named after its members Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan,...

Russia Holds Military Exercises in Tajikistan -- But Why Not With CSTO?

Russia and several of its allies, including Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, are...

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Pledge Game-Changing Energy, Power Cooperation

The love affair between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan shows every sign of intensifying,...

Uzbekistan: President Cannot Get Enough of Turkmenistan

When Uzbekistan’s president likes a place, he likes it to pay it...

Azerbaijan: Racing to Develop Natural Gas Potential

Back in 1994, when the so-called “Contract of the Century” was signed,...

Central Asia: Challenges Ahead for China’s Belt and Road Project

China’s bid to expand its economic presence in Eurasia – embodied in...

Iranian Navy Makes First-Ever Visit to Kazakhstan

Iran's navy has made its first formal visit to Kazakhstan as Tehran...

China’s Strategy in the Caucasus

When leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia took part in a session titled...

At Summit, Aliyev and Nazarbayev Talk Trade and Karabakh

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev traveled across the Caspian on an official visit...

Turkmenistan: Salesman President Pleads for Help from Qatar

The president of Turkmenistan embarked on a two-day trip to Qatar this...

Uzbekistan: Leader Pays Bridge-Building Visit to Turkmenistan

The president of Uzbekistan’s maiden foreign trip, to Turkmenistan, may prove a...

Kazakhstan: The Labor Crackdown and Possible Unintended Consequences

Things are getting serious again in western Kazakhstan. This oil-rich region on...

Turkmenistan's Navy Shows Off New French Missiles

Turkmenistan has equipped its naval vessels with new anti-aircraft weapons, suggesting that...

Azerbaijan: Energy Hopes vs. Italian Olive Groves

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline is a key element of Azerbaijan’s efforts to export...

Turkmenistan's Leader Heads to Russia for Talks With Putin

The president of Turkmenistan is due visit Moscow on November 1 for...

I'm Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov And I'm Asking For Your Vote

Authorities in Turkmenistan have announced that the country will conduct a presidential...

Kazakhstan: Oil Strike Over in Zhanaozen

An oil strike that started in late September in the western Kazakhstan...

Turkmenistan Adopts Constitution Broadening President’s Powers

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has made a major stride toward being enshrined...

U.S., Bulgaria to Start Joint NATO Air Patrols

The United States and Bulgaria will conduct joint air patrols for the...

Russia Signals Intentions to Fire More Missiles from Caspian

Russia asked Iran and Iraq for permission to to use their airspace...

Presidents of Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia, Meet, with Armenia in Background

The presidents of Russia, Iran, and Azerbaijan met in Baku this week, for...

Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkish Leaders to Meet for Gas Talks

A high-level meeting reportedly set to take place later this year in...

Is the Caspian Sea Dispute Finally About to be Resolved?

Are the five states around the Caspian Sea finally going to resolve...

Coup Attempt Ripple Effect: Azerbaijan Closes TV Station

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

Azerbaijan – Oriental Express Hub? 

With the first Mumbai-to-Moscow train scheduled to chug through Azerbaijan this August, railways seem...

Azerbaijan’s Formula One: Engines Rev Up, Air Quality Goes Down

The upcoming June 17-19 Formula One race in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, may...

Kazakhstan Enlisting European Tech To Build Caspian Navy

Kazakhstan is teaming up with German, Turkish, and Spanish firms to boost...

Azerbaijan Has Advantage Over Armenia In U.S. Military Aid

Azerbaijan has gotten $20 million in military aid from the U.S. Department...

Turkmenistan Starts Massive, Unprecedented Military Exercises

Turkmenistan's armed forces are conducting unprecedented large-scale, unannounced exercises, an indication of...

Georgia’s DIY Oil Pipeline: The Art of Concealing Crude under Cabbage

While Georgia’s been caught up recently in a major pipeline competition, with...

Kazakhstan Stepping Up Defenses Against Caspian Marine Invasion

Kazakhstan is acquiring new naval mines to help defend its shores on...

As Russia Plans New Caspian Assault Ship, Some Wonder: Assault Whom?

Russia's plans to introduce a new amphibious assault ship into its Caspian...

Turkey and Russia: History Fuels Rancor

A long history of mutual enmity is exacerbating tension between Turkey and...

Russia, NATO, Both Start Exercises On Black Sea

Russia is conducting snap exercises around the Black Sea and southern Russia...

Major Eurasian Railroad Sees Landmark Maiden Shipment

A cargo train carrying a test shipment along the recently completed China-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran...

Economy and Sanctions Derail Russia’s Central Asian Investments

After years of embarking on promising forays into Central Asia’s economy, Russia...

Azerbaijan Denies Asking for $4-Billion Bailout

Azerbaijan on January 28 denied reports of having asked for billions of...

Turkey Hunts for Alternatives to Russian Energy

With Russian-Turkish relations bottoming out after Turkey’s downing of a Russian military...

Post-Sanctions, Iran Looms as the Energy Game-Changer in the Caucasus

The ending of international sanctions against Iran could soon send Iranian gas...

Following Russia, Kazakhstan Tests Missile On Caspian

Kazakhstan has, for the first time, launched an anti-aircraft missile from a...

'Torture by Hunger': Horse Breeder Describes Desperate Days in Turkmen Prison

After armed guards led Geldy Kyarizov through the gates of Ovadan Depe,...

Putin: We Need Caspian Airspace For Military Operations

The disruption of air traffic over the Caspian Sea is a sacrifice...

Russia Launches More Cruise Missiles From Caspian To Syria

Russia has launched another salvo of missiles at Syrian targets from the...

South Korean Admiral Makes Caspian Tour

The head of South Korea's navy is on a short tour around...

Top U.S. Navy Official Visits Baku, Dushanbe

The United States Secretary of the Navy has visited Azerbaijan amid heightened...

Turkmenistan: President Orders Start to Work on TAPI Pipeline

Turkmenistan has fired the starting pistol on the ambitious TAPI natural gas...

Azerbaijani, Armenian Leaders Visit Georgia to Talk Gas

In the space of a week, the leaders of both Armenia and...

Without Explanation, Iranian Navy Skips Baku Visit

Iran's navy appears to have quietly scrapped plans to make its first-ever...

Russia Launches Another Long-Range Missile From Caspian

Less than a month after its first-ever launch of a cruise missile...

Report: German Energy Company to Pull Out of Turkmenistan

German company DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG is set to relinquish its natural...

Where Does the Caspian Sea Figure in Russia’s Strategic Calculus?

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced in early October that Russian warships...

Kyrgyzstan’s Colossal Dordoi Bazaar: A Time of Opportunity and Change

In August, Kyrgyzstan became the fifth member of the Eurasian Economic Union...

Iranian Navy To Make First Visit To Azerbaijan

Iranian warships are on a rare trip around the Caspian, calling on...

Kazakh, Other Airlines Rerouting Caspian Flights After Russia Missile Launch

Kazakhstan's Air Astana and other airlines are altering their flight routes over...

Russian Missile Launch Jolts Sleepy Caspian

Russian cruise missiles launched from ships on the Caspian Sea have struck...

Who Needs Putin’s Mini-NATO?

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led, ex-Soviet military alliance, may have...

Russian Military Flights To Syria Skirting Caucasus

New flight-tracking data suggests that Russia is sending military equipment to Syria...

Azerbaijan to Quit Key Forum for EU Cooperation

Azerbaijan has moved to end a major parliamentary dialogue with the European...

Could Russia Use Georgian, Armenian Airspace for Syria Flights?

Amidst mounting concerns in Washington about Russia’s military presence in war-ravaged Syria,...

Azerbaijan: Can Segregated Beaches Be “Positive Discrimination”?

The contrast between the Azerbaijani government’s secular orientation and the country’s increasingly...

Activists Demand Freedom for Georgian Dolphins

A recent scuffle between animal-rights activists and staff at a dolphinarium in...

Tajikistan’s Ancient Treasures Suffer from Neglect

After a brief, winding trek up the hillside along a main thoroughfare,...

Baku Prosecutor Seeks Nine-Year Sentence For Journalist Ismayilova

A state prosecutor in Azerbaijan has asked for a nine-year prison sentence...

Azerbaijan: Shorts Spark Long Public Debate

The cultural fault line that seems to divide the West and many...

Recriminations Follow Azerbaijan's Poor Showing In Caspian Naval Games

The first-ever "Caspian Cup" naval skills competition has ended with Russia, unsurprisingly,...

NATO: We'll Help Protect Trans-Caspian Pipeline

NATO could get involved in protecting a potential trans-Caspian gas pipeline, which...

Donald Trump: Thinking Big in Azerbaijan

“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big,” goes...

What Does Greek Crisis Mean for Azerbaijan’s Energy Interests?

The near collapse of Greece’s economy has raised pressing questions for energy...

Georgia: Russia Occupies BP Oil Pipeline

Continuing its game of redrawing borders, Russia has grabbed a 1.5-kilometer-long slice...

Central Asia: India Woos Regional Leaders

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the middle of a five-nation...

Caspian Sea States To Hold Talks On Collective Security System

The Caspian sea states will discuss creating a "collective security system" on...

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Visits Georgia

Tbilisi had an unusual visitor on July 2. But one whose presence...

Azerbaijan’s European Games: The View from the Streets of Baku

Authorities in Azerbaijan assert that playing host to the European Games marks...

Baku: Sports Capital of the World?

Azerbaijan appears to be on a roll for hosting international sports events,...

Azerbaijan Inaugurates New Caspian Naval Base

Azerbaijan has inaugurated a new base for its navy on the Caspian...

Even for Favored Turks, Turkmenistan a Risky Investment

Entrepreneurs from Turkey have enjoyed success in Turkmenistan, a market known mostly for...

Azerbaijan: Falling Economy, Rising Karabakh War Risk

Azerbaijan is a major energy exporter. It is also one of the...

Turkmenistan: EU Eyes Trans-Iranian Gas Pipeline

With the world’s fourth largest gas reserves, Turkmenistan has enough to keep...

EU Issues New Challenge To Russia With Caspian Pipeline Project

The United States and the European Union have taken renewed interest in...

Kazakhstan: Documentary Flags Mass Poisoning Outside Oil and Gas Field

In November 2014, in a Kazakhstani village near one of the world’s...

Iran Offers Guns and Friendship to Azerbaijan

Iran and Azerbaijan have made a surprise decision to form a joint...

Azerbaijan Claims It Has Patented Breakfast

Known for its penchant for curbing civil liberties, the government of Azerbaijan...