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Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Border Impasse: Finding a Way Out of a Tight Spot

The districts of Batken and Lelik are tucked away in a southwest...

Perspectives | A Guide to Central Asia's Sacred Spaces

Władysław Bukowiński, a Polish priest born in what is now Ukraine, was...

European Bank Approves 1.5 Billion Euros For Azeri Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 1.5 billion euros in financing...

TAPI Enters Afghan Phase with Little Cash and Many Problems

It is the natural gas pipeline project that many have long said...

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Reach Visa Deal, Settle Border Dispute

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have reached a deal to scrap visa requirements for...

Kyrgyzstan: Top Official Quits Over Bomb Scare

A high-ranking official in Kyrgyzstan announced his resignation on December 21 after...

Uzbekistan: Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm

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

Kazakhstan: Coal Miners End Strike After Compromise Reached

Mass industrial action at a coal mining company in Kazakhstan has ended...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of...

Kazakhstan: Coal Miners Declare Strike in Plea For Higher Pay

More than 600 coal miners in Kazakhstan’s Karaganda region have gone on...

Kazakhstan: Uranium Miner Slashes Output Ahead of Privatization

Kazakhstan’s state-run uranium producer has said it plans to cut back output...

Abkhazia: Counting on a Cryptocurrency

Breakaway Abkhazia plans to launch its own cryptocurrency in a bid to...

Uzbekistan Strikes Multibillion Dollar Deals in Korea, Seeks Mining Help

In his latest foray in the mission to reopen his nation to...

Kyrgyzstan: Activists Demand Halt to Glacier Mining

The government and the activist community in Kyrgyzstan are at loggerheads over...

Kazakhstan, Paradise Papers: Offshore Propped Up by Bailed-out Bank

A trove of documents obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung has shed...

Kyrgyzstan: MPs Move to Legalize Glacier Mining

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

As Russian Military Exercises in Armenia, Is Syria on its Mind?

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led military bloc, is carrying out...

Kyrgystan and Centerra Clinch Pre-Election Deal

Kyrgyzstan and its largest foreign commercial investor, Centerra Gold, claim to have...

Belarus Balks at Prospect of Big Investments in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan’s investment climate is so poor that even companies in one of...

Karabakh: De-mining Continues Amid Rising Tension

At 7 AM on a recent Monday morning, the staff of the...

Azerbaijan’s Displaced Footballers Become European Cinderellas

Qarabag FK, an Azerbaijani internally displaced soccer team, became the country's first...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: Two Opposition Trials Conclude With Lengthy Sentences

Courts in Kyrgyzstan wrapped up two separate politically charged trials on August...

Tajikistan: Authorities Go After Relatives of Opposition

A crackdown in Tajikistan that began in 2015 has forced large swaths...

The Trump Meeting's Irakli Kaveladze: It All Started with Matryoshkas

Donald Trump, Junior’s much-scrutinized “Russian” meeting has a broadening Caucasus dimension to...

Georgia: Backsliding on Rule of Law Is Damaging Investment Climate

A recent wave of confiscatory moves against foreign investors in Georgia –...

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

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

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

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

Russian Librarian Found Guilty For Keeping Ukrainian Books

As Russia’s war with Ukraine stretches into a third year, the Kremlin...

Turkmenistan: Report Claims Deputy PM Committed Suicide

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

Repression is the Mother of Invention: Civil Society Groups Embrace Technological Innovation

Activists and innovators are joining forces to improve watchdog capabilities in Eurasia....

EITI Suspension of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Tests Its Global Leverage

With the suspension of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, along with Azerbaijan’s withdrawal, the...

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...

Uzbekistan: EBRD Visit Marks Win for Liberal Faction

Top representatives of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development traveled to...

Georgia Offers NATO to Build a Black Sea Base at Poti

When NATO officials announced last month that they were planning to increase...

Kazakhstan: Pre-Soviet History Packed with Political Mines

Sitting in a modest, domed brick mausoleum, a bust of the partisan...

Georgia: Retail Workers’ Protests Give Labor Movement Momentum

Unprecedented protests by workers at two of Georgia’s largest retailers are calling...

Azerbaijan: Ruined Village Becomes Showcase for “Great Return”

Mahammud Mirzaliyev, a soft-spoken farmer clearly unaccustomed to the media limelight, stood...

Drowning in Data – EITI in Kazakhstan Must Mean More

Kazakhstan is an implementing country in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and...

Tajikistan: Russia’s Rusal Offloads Tajik Assets and Flees

It is virtually axiomatic in Tajikistan that any major investor should, metaphorically...

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Flights Open New Chapter in Ties

A plane carrying paying customers, officials and reporters completed the first commercial...

Kyrgyzstan: Former PM to Run for President

A former prime minister in Kyrgyzstan has declared he plans to run...

Kyrgyzstan’s Referendum: A Vote for Continuity and Tradition

Kyrgyzstan’s voters will head again to the polling stations this weekend for...

Tajikistan: US Warns of Possible Terror Attacks

The US Embassy in Tajikistan issued a warning on its website on...

Azerbaijan Looks to Greater Reliance on Domestically Produced Weapons

With an array of new, domestically produced weapons, including sniper rifles, machine...

Kerry: Armenia and Azerbaijan "Not Ready" for Peace

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has created a diplomatic stir...

Uzbekistan: Mirziyoyev Flirting With Regional Reset?

When Uzbekistan’s acting president Shavkat Mirziyoyev addressed a joint session of parliament...

Kyrgyzstan: Former Presidential Aide Fears Arrest as Mudslinging Escalates

A former presidential chief of staff in Kyrgyzstan has said he anticipates...

Kyrgyzstan: Atambayev Turns up Heat in Political Row

President Almazbek Atambayev is raising the stakes in his souring confrontation with...

Kyrgyzstan: President Rages at Critics of Constitutional Fix

Kyrgyzstan’s president struck a sour and far from statesmanlike note during independence...

Guns of August: Fears of Full-Scale War Return as Casualties Mount in Ukraine

Maryinka, Ukraine -- Framed by a tiny cutout in the fortified bunker,...

Tajikistan Mulls Prosecuting Rude Russian Reporter

Tajikistan’s General Prosecutor is considering prosecution for a Russian journalist for “inciting...

Kyrgyzstan: MPs Clamor for Constitutional Fixes

With the presidential election coming into view in Kyrgyzstan, parliament is bracing...

Tajikistan's Milk-Free Cash Cow Reveals Debt Pile

Tajikistan’s largest industrial concern has for the first time revealed the scale...

Kyrgyzstan: Canadian Court Unfreezes State's Centerra Shares

Kyrgyzstan’s state-run Kyrgyzaltyn gold company says a court in Canada has lifted...

Russian Paper Shuttered Over Tajikistan Slur

The Tajikistan edition of Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda has been shuttered following...

Commentary: Hybrid Business -- The Risks in the Kremlin's Weaponization of the Economy

"How many divisions does the pope have?" Josef Stalin was meant to...

Kyrgyzstan: Government Continues Circling No. 1 Investor

Kyrgyzstan’s largest investor, mining company Centerra Gold, received a reprieve when a...

Uzbekistan: A Soccer Team Called Courage

Zahid Tashkhojayev has a routine. Before he heads out for training with...

Turkmenistan Getting More Involved In Northern Afghanistan

Turkmenistan is getting more directly involved in affairs in northern Afghanistan, an...

Will China Bring Nuclear Power to Moldova?

China appears willing to help Moldova become a nuclear power. But for...

Briton Faces Down Kyrgyzstan's Most Wanted Exile

A British court has begun reviewing a civil case involving the youngest...

Kyrgyzstan: Investigators Link Coup Plots and Kumtor

Kyrgyzstan has arrested yet another once-powerful politician on charges of plotting a...

Kazakhstan Enlisting European Tech To Build Caspian Navy

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

Tajikistan's First President Dies, Aged 84

Qahhor Mahkamov, the first president of Tajikistan, who led the country until...

Angered at Arms Sales to Azerbaijan, Armenians Push Away from Russia’s Embrace

When Armenia joined the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union in 2015, Armenian President...

Kyrgyzstan: Gold Miner Fined Again as Saga Rolls on

Kyrgyzstan’s largest foreign investor is in hot water again and has been...

Kazakhstan: Metals Spill Into River Sowing Alarm

An accident at a metals mining-and-processing complex in a northern Kazakhstan town...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: President Trash-Talks Opposition Following Coup Arrests

In the wake of fresh arrests in Kyrgyzstan of would-be coup plotters,...

Kyrgyzstan: How Will Kumtor Game of Chicken End?

Kyrgyzstan has upped the stakes in its on-and-off battle against the operators...

Nagorno-Karabakh: Painting a True Picture About Civilians in Karabakh

By Hikmat Hajiyev, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the...

Kyrgyzstan: Constitutional Changes Afoot?

With Kyrgyzstan facing a presidential election in 2017, speculation is mounting about...

Did Karabakh Fighting Weaken the Panama Papers’ Impact?

Gold mines for Azerbaijan’s presidential offspring, an ex-Georgian leader’s offshore com...

Kyrgyzstan: Azerbaijan Ruling Family Sought Gold Interests

Azerbaijan has intermittently displayed interest in investing in Kyrgyzstan, but the latest...

Can Kyrgyzstan’s Opposition Bite as It Barks?

Spring has come early in Kyrgyzstan and so the ragtag, non-parliamentary opposition...

Kazakhstan Stepping Up Defenses Against Caspian Marine Invasion

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

Russian Communists Want to Scrap Historic Treaty with Turkey

As Moscow tests for Turkey’s weaknesses in the fight over the downed...

Russia: Burning Undesirable Books

Authorities in a resource-rich territory in Russia are on a witch-hunt for...

It's Not Just About the Horse Penis, It's About the Gold Mine

Kyrgyz were variously enraged and bemused after a British expat working at...

Kyrgyzstan: Horse Penis Slur Incites Rage

Kyrgyzstan’s year has begun in incendiary fashion amid talk of horse penises,...

Kyrgyzstan: Talks Over Gold Mine Again Hit Rocks

In a fresh act of brinkmanship, Kyrgyzstan has told Canada’s Centerra Gold...

Kyrgyzstan: Key Gold Mine at Risk of Stoppage

A member of the public supervisory board at Kyrgyzstan’s state mining agency...

Uzbekistan Touts Privatization Drive in Risky Climate

Uzbekistan is on a mission to woo foreign investors, touting a massive...

Kyrgyzstan: Public Television Gives Presidential Party Unfair Boost

A report aired after a live prime-time election debate in Kyrgyzstan on...

Three Armenian Civilians Killed By Azerbaijani Shelling

Azerbaijani shelling killed three Armenian civilian women living near the border between...

Kyrgyzstan: Decoding Party Programs Amid Parliamentary Election Campaign

The spectacle of Kyrgyzstan’s politicians campaigning for votes ahead of the October...

Armenia: Debt-Ridden Power Company Ranks as Top Donor to Presidential Fund

The Russia-operated Electricity Networks of Armenia, the country’s main power supplier, claimed...

Kyrgyzstan Hails Epoch-Making Power Line

A high voltage power line inaugurated in Kyrgyzstan has sparked talk of...

With Bank Summit, Georgia Strengthens China's Caucasus Connections

Ever a strategic crossroads, ardently pro-Western Georgia on August 25 became the...

Kazakhstan To Assemble South African Armored Vehicles

Kazakhstan will start assembling armored vehicles as part of a joint venture...

Baku Court Sentences Activist Couple To Tough Prison Terms

A Baku court has sentenced Azerbaijani human rights activists Leyla Yunus to...

Tragedy at Concert in Uzbekistan Causes Fatalities

Fatalities have been reported following an accident at a concert in northwestern...

Kyrgyzstan: Starting Pistol Fired for Parliamentary Race

On a baking July day in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, under-employed taxi driver...

Kyrgyzstan: In Radioactive Hotspot, Residents Fearful and Uninformed

In a pharmacy on the ground floor of Mailuu-Suu’s central hospital, Ainagul...

Georgia: Move Over, Russia. Here Comes China

China, the world’s largest economy, has set its eyes on Georgia, a...

Report: Gold Mine Blast in Uzbekistan Kills Dozens

A dispute among rival outlaw gold miners in Uzbekistan has ended with...