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Fear, Silence Weigh on Turkey's Armenians after Failed Coup

Aruş Taş, a silversmith in Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar, has witnessed decades...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

“To be a Eurasianist should be cool, it should be stylish.”...

New Georgian Hospital Aims to Heal, and Win, Abkhazian Hearts and Minds

Two kilometers from the border crossing into breakaway Abkhazia, the village of...

Uzbekistan Takes Another Stab at Visa Rules Shakeup

Just in time for the tourist season, Uzbekistan is undertaking another attempt...

Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

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

Tajikistan: Roghun to Begin Producing Power on President’s Day

The first turbines at Tajikistan’s Roghun hydropower plant are set to go...

Uzbekistan: President Fires Powerful Security Services Chief 

The president of Uzbekistan has in his most dramatic personnel reshuffle since...

Academic Freedom in Tajikistan Endangered: What is to be Done?

Academic freedom is imperiled in Tajikistan, and determined action by the international...

Presidential Selection: Armen Sargsyan’s Second Coming to Armenia

On January 19, Armenia’s outgoing president Serzh Sargsyan presented his ambassador to...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Vows New Breakthrough in US Ties

The visit of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Washington has generated a...

Uzbekistan: Security Service Personnel to be Removed from Embassies

The president of Uzbekistan has embarked on another sally against the powerful...

США должны делать больше для перемещенных лиц Кыргызстана – Представитель организации по делам беженцев

Ведущая независимая организация по правам беженцев призывает Вашингтон активнее включиться в международную...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

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

Taking the Temperature of Turkmenistan’s Economic Meltdown

In his year-end address to the nation, Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, brimmed...

Uzbekistan Pins Tourism Dreams on Celebrity Ambassadors

Arnold Schwarzenegger in a tyubeteika. Cristiano Ronaldo in a khalat. Those are...

Kazakhstan: Taxi Industry a Bellwether for the Economy

By Central Asian standards, Almaty has long been considered an expensive city....

Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

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

Tajikistan: International Callers Hit by Move to Throttle Hi-Tech

Ilhom Nodirov, 25, has been working in Berlin for the past three...

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

The new National Security Strategy of the United States portrays the Caucasus...

Uzbek Leader Dreams of Border-Free Region as Kyrgyzstan’s President Visits

It was all smiles and laughter during this week’s visit to Uzbekistan...

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

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

Tajikistan: How a Broke Government Keeps its Books Balanced

In its annual budget, Tajikistan is relying on unusual accounting maneuvers to ensure...

With Opening of Turkish Border, Georgia's Armenians Grow Uneasy

A few weeks ago, residents of the village of Dadash, on Georgia's...

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...

Russia Claims Caspian States Reach Agreement on Sea's Status

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

Kazakhstan: Is New Military Doctrine Response to Russia or the West?

In late September, Kazakhstan adopted its fifth military doctrine....

Armenia: War Hero Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

On November 28, a court in Yerevan sentenced Karabakh war hero Samvel...

Kyrgyzstan: Mr. Jeenbekov Goes to Moscow

Right out of the gate, Kyrgyzstan’s new president is seeking to prove...

Armenia Signs Landmark Agreement with EU

Armenia has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Union, committing to...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

With only days remaining before his six-year tenure as chief executive ends,...

Afghanistan Betting on Transit Corridor to Europe via Caucasus

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

US Approves Long-Sought Sale of Anti-Tank Missiles to Georgia

The State Department has approved the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to...

Scottish Memorial Sparks War of Words Between Abkhazia and Georgia

Most of the streets of Sukhumi, capital of the Georgian-claimed secessionist region...

Kazakhstan Summons Landmark Central Asian Leaders Summit

Kazakhstan is seeking to reprise its role as a locomotive for regional...

Georgia to Promote Abkhaz Language, But Sukhumi Unimpressed

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has announced a new state program aimed...

Russian-Armenian Tycoon Expanding Influence in Armenia

Samvel Karapetyan, an Armenian-born billionaire who has built a business empire in...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: MPs Move to Legalize Glacier Mining

A parliamentary subcommittee in Kyrgyzstan has given backing to legislative changes that...

The Russian Orthodox Church and the Impact of Bolshevism

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

Putin at Valdai: A Deep Dive Into Long-Standing Grievances

Organizers take pride in the Valdai Discussion Club’s generally forward-looking approach. Yet...

Armenia: EU Officials Making Tactical Retreat in Values War

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

Aliyev and Sargsyan Tete-a-Tete Meets Low Expectations

The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met October 16 for the first...

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

The Azerbaijani government has forced the local chapter of the global corruption...

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

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

Uzbekistan: Journalist Accused of Seeking Government Overthrow

A journalist detained in Uzbekistan last week has reportedly been charged with...

Uzbekistan: The Tashkent Spring Experiences a Frost

Speaking at the UN General Assembly in mid-September, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev...

Kyrgyzstan: Competitive Presidential Election Heavy on ‘Kompromat’

For the first time in Central Asia’s post-Soviet history, one elected president...

New Language Learning Policy Revives Controversy Over Russian in Armenia

A new government education policy that gives a special status for the...

Abkhazia: Is Chinese Investment a Panacea or a Pipe Dream?

Spend enough time at Brehalovka, an iconic coffee house and hotbed of...

Uzbekistan: Official Currency Trading Hints at Size of Black Market

In the first week following the government’s decision to make the national...

Putin’s Surprise Myanmar Challenge from Chechnya

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

Azerbaijan: Journalist Apartment Give-Away Faces Criticism Over Selection Process

A government program in Azerbaijan to provide free state-constructed apartments to journalists...

Armenia Debates Leaving the Eurasian Union

A pro-Western group in Armenia's parliament has submitted a proposal for the...

Kazakhstan: Former Top Security Chief Convicted, But Why?

A military court in Kazakhstan has sentenced a former head of the...

China Eyes Iran as Important Belt and Road Hub

China’s strategic interest in Iran is intensifying. Chinese manufacturers are looking to...

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

As Ukraine’s recent economic difficulties persist—the country registered a modest growth rate...

Report: $7 Million Payment Tied to Hungary's Extradition of Azerbaijani Axe-Murderer

A new report has uncovered a $7 million payment from Azerbaijan into...

Uzbekistan Returns to Currency Convertibility, Delivers Blow to Black Market

The big bang has arrived for Uzbekistan’s financial system, with the government...

Kyrgyzstan: New PM Seen as Powerbroker of the Future

The chief of staff in the administration of Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev...

Kim Kardashian West Reportedly “Infiltrates” Azerbaijan with Lipstick 

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

Armenia: New Embassy Is Sign of Strengthening Chinese-Armenian Ties

China is building a new embassy in Yerevan that, once completed, will...

Georgia Thwarts EU Engagement with Abkhazia

Two years ago, the European Union commissioned a senior diplomat to write...

Turkmenistan: Indoor Games Playing Tricks on Population

It was almost seven years ago that Turkmenistan announced it would host...

Uzbekistan PM Visits Kyrgyzstan on Ice-Breaking Mission

The prime minister of Uzbekistan, Abdulla Aripov, flew to neighboring Kyrgyzstan on...

Tajikistan Accuses Iran of Assassination Campaign in Foreign Policy Gambit

Despite the close cultural connection that Tajikistan has with Iran, Dushanbe seems...

Israeli Arms Manufacturer Alleged To Have Attacked Armenia From Azerbaijan

Officials from an Israeli arms manufacturer fired two drone missiles from Azerbaijan...

Constitutional Reform Raises the Question: What Does Georgian Dream Stand For?

Georgia’s governing party, Georgian Dream, is using the commanding victory it won...

Uzbekistan: Evaluating the Chances for a Convertible Currency

Uzbek monetary authorities recently announced an intention to make the country’s national...

California Secessionists Retain Russian Connection

Secessionists in California are making a second attempt to win support for...

How Moldovan Politicians Use Foreign Leaders for Domestic Purposes

As thousands of Russian soldiers marched through Moscow’s Red Square on May...

Georgia: Great Expectations Accompany US Vice Presidential Visit

The Trump administration's foreign policy has been, to put it mildly, unpredictable....

Uzbekistan: King Cotton Confronts Caper Uprising

At the turn of the first millennium, Bukhara-born philosopher Avicenna recommended using...

Azerbaijan Quickly Becoming Turks' Best (Only?) Friend

Turkey has gone through a rough foreign policy patch over the past...

Central Asia’s Catechism of Cliché: From the Great Game to Silk Road

When people ponder the history of Central Asia, they tend to have...

Georgia: Presidential Visit Highlights Hopes, Challenges of Ties With Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko made his first visit to Georgia as Ukraine’s president, as...

Turkey’s Black Sea Policy: Navigating Between Russia and the West

“[Istanbul] holds an absolute dominion over the Black Sea. By one door...

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

Montenegro’s recent accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sent an...

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation

By M. Ashraf Haidari, the Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the...

Mongolia Gets On Board with China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road is putting pressure on Mongolia to resolve a...

Uzbekistan: 22-Year Old Named Deputy Education Minister

Uzbekistan’s nomenklatura has long had a musty Soviet whiff about it, so...

Armenia: This Time, EU Deal Meets Russian Approval

The last time Armenia negotiated closer ties with the European Union, in...

Azerbaijan: A Reset with the EU?

Azerbaijan is pursuing a new agreement with the European Union focused on...

Uzbekistan: Artists Need Permission to Post on YouTube

As of July 1, singers in Uzbekistan will need to get permission...

Kazakhstan’s Expo: Vanity Fair or Imprint of the Future?

Recycling trashcans are everywhere you look at the Future Energy EXPO in...

Kazakhstan: EXPO Draws Critics, and EXPOs Misfires Back

The EXPO-2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan’s latest glitzy and expensive attempt to showcase...

Time to Reset US Policy in the South Caucasus

Geopolitical conditions in the South Caucasus have experienced a substantial shift in...

Not All that Glitters in Kazakhstan Is Gold

By Mihra Rittmann, Central Asia Researcher at Human Rights Watch   Kazakhstan’s...

India, Pakistan Extend Reach of SCO to Half the World

After years of speculation about their accession, India and Pakistan have finally...

Azerbaijan: Tbilisi Arrest Highlights Crackdowns on Remote Opposition

On February 18, 2017, just ten minutes after Netherlands-based Azerbaijani activist Orduhan...

Georgia: Disapproval Rising for NATO Membership

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

Turkmenistan: Anti-Corruption Body Created to Fight Crisis

With the economic crisis in Turkmenistan getting only deeper, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov...

Georgia: Dissident Snatching Dents Georgia’s Image

Georgia’s international standing has long benefited from being sandwiched between authoritarian countries,...

Uzbekistan: Mr. Mirziyoyev Going to Washington

The leader of Uzbekistan’s next major official foreign visit will reportedly be...

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

When Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited Washington in early May and...

Turkmenistan: Report Claims Deputy PM Committed Suicide

Foreign-based news website Chronicles of Turkmenistan has claimed in a report that...

Russia: Why Does Moscow’s Perennial Quest for Recognition Go Nowhere?

The rise of Donald Trump’s administration in the United States was supposed...

Uzbekistan: President in Pursuit of Big Deals in China During 5-Day Visit

The president of Uzbekistan’s travel itinerary has served as a useful shortcut...

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

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