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Diversity Declines in Georgia's Southwestern Mountains

For centuries, mountainous southwestern Georgia lay at the crossroad of the Ottoman,...

Kazakhstan: Men's Health Magazine Says Nuts to Women's Health

The Kazakhstan edition of Men’s Health magazine has sparked ire on social...

Armenia's Next President Faces Eligibility Challenge

Investigations by Armenian opposition media have suggested that the ruling party's candidate...

A Portrait of Tajikistan’s Distant, Unloved Highlands

A sign above the entrance to the local highways department office in...

Controversy Dogs Rollout of Saakashvili’s Book in Armenia

A memoir by former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has received a rocky...

Kyrgyzstan’s Diaspora: An evening of Music and Conversation

The Kyrgyz are among the smallest and newest Central Asian diasporas to...

Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

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

As Uzbekistan’s Last Stalinist Politician Exits Scene, What Next?

The morning in Uzbekistan began, fittingly enough, with an earthquake....

Uzbekistan: Tajik-Speaking Teachers in Short Supply

A state-owned newspaper in Uzbekistan for the ethnic Tajik community has published...

Georgia: US-Funded Media Outlet Grapples with Controversy

An in-house controversy within Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is spilling into the...

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

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

Kazakhstan Splurges on Popularizing Latin Alphabet

It is probably safe to say most people in Kazakhstan are decidedly...

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...

Tajikistan: Brain Drain Rush Causes Annual Riot

Such was the crowd of people in Tajikistan’s capital that turned up...

Tajikistan: President’s Son Intervenes to Save Messaging Apps

Users of messaging apps in Tajikistan have had a rollercoaster start to...

Azerbaijan’s Pre-Soviet Independence Embroiled in Post-Soviet Polemics

In 1918, Azerbaijan became the first democratic and secular republic in the...

Tajikistan Limits Access on Popular Messaging App

Users in Tajikistan of the popular messaging app Viber have reported they...

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...

Uzbekistan: President Calls for Clipping Security Services' Wings

The president of Uzbekistan called in a wide-ranging and consequential four-hour speech...

Five Peculiar Soviet Cartoons for the Holidays

Since it’s that time of year again, readers with (or without) an...

Uzbekistan: Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm

British pop singer Robbie Williams has sparked online rage in Uzbekistan by...

Azerbaijan: Elaborate Smear Campaign Targets Prominent Activist

A scandal has erupted in Azerbaijani legal and activist circles after the...

Post-Soviet Governments Weaponize Transparency: Report

Authoritatian governments have cleverly used the liberal norm of transparency in order...

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...

Kyrgyzstan: Children’s Literature Taking Fresh Look at Old Fables

Esal, a seven-year-old girl, was born in a country where everything is...

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

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

Uzbekistan: Starting to Grapple with Labor Migration Issue

The recent murder of an Uzbek migrant in the Moscow region was stunning for its...

Armenia Signs Landmark Agreement with EU

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

Tajikistan: President Seizes on Audiobook Fad

The president of Tajikistan appears to be seizing on the audiobook fad...

Currency Reform in Uzbekistan: Pain Precedes Gain

On the morning of November 15, motorists in Uzbekistan arrived at filling...

Kazakhstan: New Latin Alphabet Criticized as Apostrophe Catastrophe

Just weeks after making its debut, Kazakhstan’s provisional Latin alphabet is drawing...

Scottish Memorial Sparks War of Words Between Abkhazia and Georgia

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

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...

The Many Languages of Islam in the Caucasus

While visiting Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge towards the end of the second Chechen...

Uzbekistan Allows Call to Prayer on Loudspeakers

The capital of Uzbekistan has for the first time in more than...

Russia’s Oil Industry: Surmounting the Bolshevik Legacy of Inefficiency

As an economic experiment, the communist system of central planning constituted a...

Kazakhstan: President Sees Red Over Collapsing Bank

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has angrily condemned management at  a mid-sized bank...

The Specter of Red October Still Haunts the Baltics

The Baltic states followed a unique trajectory following the October Revolution, breaking...

Georgia to Promote Abkhaz Language, But Sukhumi Unimpressed

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

Kazakhstan Worries About Catalonia, Thinks About Home

Kazakhstan’s government engaged in some not-so-subtle signaling over the weekend by issuing...

Gender and the Bolsheviks: A Contested Legacy

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, one of the most contested...

“Sexy Sheep” Welcome Azerbaijanis to Ukraine

A bare-breasted woman wearing a sheep hat greeted male arrivals from Baku...

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...

Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View

The use of heavy-handed tactics by police to disrupt the Catalan referendum...

Uzbekistan: Media Conference Overshadowed by Jailing of Reporter

A conference on media freedoms that took place this week in Uzbekistan...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

Russia popularized the concept of “hybrid warfare” starting with its 2014 annexation...

On Language: The Many Flavors of Persian in Eurasia

Is Tajik a dialect of Persian? Or a language in its own...

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

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

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Ink Era-Defining Partnership Deal

The diplomatic love-in breaking out across Central Asia has forged ahead unabated...

Azerbaijan’s Last Free Newswire Fears Closure by December

Azerbaijan is continuing its investigation into the finances of the country’s last-standing...

Kyrgyzstan: Court Releases Writer Accused of Offending Muslims

A court in Kyrgyzstan has released a writer previously jailed on charges...

The Kremlin’s Internet Master Bears Down

A previously obscure Russian oversight body has been turned into the government’s...

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

Ukraine is trying to fight back against Russian influence with a new...

Uzbekistan: Cotton Slave Labor Out, Human Rights Ombudsman In?

Just as the annual cotton-picking season entered its most intense phase in...

Armenia: Diaspora Conference Promotes Concept of New “Global Armenian Identity”

An all-day conference in Los Angeles, to be held September 23, will...

New Language Learning Policy Revives Controversy Over Russian in Armenia

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

No More Georgian in South Ossetia’s Schools?

The school year has just begun in South Ossetia, but it could...

Tajikistan: Saudis Brag About Pushing Out Iran

Middle Eastern rivalries are playing out in Tajikistan....

Kazakhstan: Latin Alphabet Is Not a New Phenomenon Among Turkic Nations

Kazakhstan’s planned transition to the Latin alphabet raises complex questions. While alphabets...

Kazakhstan Takes Decisive Step Toward Adopting the Latin Alphabet

Kazakhstan’s long-awaited transition from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet may be...

Azerbaijan’s Aliyev Opens Some Prison Doors

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is in an uncharacteristically charitable mood: on September...

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...

Murky Azerbaijani Flights to Syria: Whistleblowing or Black PR?

Earlier this summer, the Bulgarian daily newspaper Trud published a sensational report,...

Kazakhstan: Middle Schools Start Teaching in English

As of September, 33 middle schools in Kazakhstan’s largest city will start...

Tajikistan: What Festivities Can You Celebrate in Style?

The upper house of parliament in Tajikistan this week adopted legislation intensifying...

Kim Kardashian West Reportedly “Infiltrates” Azerbaijan with Lipstick 

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

Azerbaijan: Pioneering Theater Gives Stage to Actors with Disabilities

“Do not be ashamed of your own body. Do not be shy...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: Biometric IDs Fuel Debate About Ethnicity

Kyrgyzstan’s government is distributing biometric ID cards with embedded microchips to its...

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...

Russia: Content Analysis Serves as a Tool of Biased Courts

Magomednabi Magomedov, a Salafist imam, received a five-year prison term from a...

Kyrgyzstan: Officials Shackle Journalists with Giant Libel Damages

In order to silence critics of Kyrgyzstan’s president, prosecutors earlier this year...

Kazakhstan: Repentant Activist Gets 2 Years Limited Freedom

A civic rights activist in Kazakhstan who once led the charge for...

How Moldovan Politicians Use Foreign Leaders for Domestic Purposes

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

Kazakhstan: Language Students Land in Egyptian Jails

When a group of students from Kazakhstan traveled to Egypt to improve...

Russia: Does Website Closure Indicate the Kremlin Is Feeling Economic Pinch?

It seems that Russia’s economic troubles may be starting to hinder the...

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...

Georgian Women March against Misogyny and Racism

An ethnically diverse historic neighborhood in Tbilisi has become the battlefield for...

Kazakhstan: Language Joke on Russian TV Raises Hackles

The language issue is a touchy one in Kazakhstan, as an ethnic...

Moscow Suggests Armenia Adopt Russian As Official Language

Russian officials have suggested that it might be a good idea for...

Uzbekistan: President Tells MPs to Get Onto Social Media

Although they should be representatives of the people, members of parliament in...

Kyrgyzstan, Czech Company Sign Deal to Kick-Start Stalled Hydropower Project

Kyrgyzstan has signed a deal with a Czech company specializing in renewable...

Tajikistan: Opposition Beds Down and Plots in Polish Exile

The smell of plov and freshly prepared kulcha bread wafts improbably throughout...

HRW and BBC Returning to Uzbekistan?

In possibly its boldest gesture toward openness in years, Uzbekistan has announced...

Blogger in Distress in Azerbaijan

For the first time ever, a foreign citizen who visited breakaway Nagorno...

Uzbekistan: 22-Year Old Named Deputy Education Minister

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

Georgia: Still Waiting for Results from Azerbaijani Journalist Kidnapping Investigation

Just over a month since the kidnapping of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli...

Why Russian Ultranationalists Confronted Their Own Government on the Battlefields of Ukraine

On a snowy January day in 2016, a small crowd assembled in...

Azerbaijan: A Reset with the EU?

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

Kyrgyzstan: Kneeling Incident Poses Challenge for Higher Education Initiative

An initiative to expand higher education opportunities in Central Asia is experiencing...

Can Georgia Save the World from Antibiotics Overuse?

Dr. Zemfira Alavidze’s desk was covered with a variety of antibiotics –...

European Rebuke a "Severe Blow" to Georgia; Less So to Azerbaijan

The European Parliament issued an unusual rebuke to Georgia, along with a...

Kyrgyzstan Investigates Journalist for Reporting on Ethnic Tensions

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have initiated a criminal case for “inciting ethnic...

Azerbaijan Tags Armenia, Georgia in Journalist Kidnapping

It only took so much time before Azerbaijan blamed Armenia for the...

Georgia: Government Offering Subsidies to Foreign Filmmakers

Officials in Georgia hope to turn the country into a global hub...