A long history of mutual enmity is exacerbating tension between Turkey and Russia. Leaders in both countries are apt to view their current hostilities through the prism of a bitterly contested imperial past.
Falling oil prices and a recent currency devaluation are spurring businesses to lay off workers in Azerbaijan. But, in a sign of the political sensitivity of the country’s economic downtown, some companies are keeping unemployment numbers under wraps.
The unexplained resignation in late December of Irakli Gharibashvili from the post of Georgian prime minister put an end to two years of friction between him and the country's president, Giorgi Margvelashvili.
Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin seems prepared to throw budgetary caution to the wind as he strives to establish Russia as “the uncontested regional hegemon” in Eurasia, according to American intelligence analysts.
An obscure organization is urging governments across the former Soviet Union to shore up their “cyber-borders” in the face of threats from potential color revolutions, and consider blocking websites such as Google, Facebook and YouTube.