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Kazakhstan: Government concerns for media ring hollow

With their country consistently ranked near the bottom of international press freedom...

Report details increasing trade between Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Informal trade between Georgia and its breakaway territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia,...

Erdoğan calls for ‘common sense’ from new Armenian government

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this week called on Armenia to show...

Georgia Protests: Nightlife against Nationalists

Georgia's fierce culture wars escalated over the weekend after a heavy-handed police...

Armenian youth, the ‘engine of the revolution,’ fight for a fairer society

For many of the activists who took to Yerevan's streets in recent...

Perspectives | Eric Lee’s The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution

The Georgian Democratic Republic was short lived – lasting only from 1918...

Azerbaijan comes out in favor of Yerevan protests

The Azerbaijani government and media have come out in support of the...

Azerbaijan reaches deal with Belarus over missile purchases - report

Azerbaijan has reached a deal to buy missiles from Belarus, a Russian...

Armenia's Sargsyan appointed PM as protestors declare "velvet revolution"

Armenia’s National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to install Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister...

Kazakhstan gets Russian flak over UN Syria vote

Indignation is brewing in nationalist quarters in Russia over Kazakhstan’s recent decision...

Heavy metal fights to survive, and bridge communities, in the Caucasus

In a damp, dimly lit tunnel underneath Tbilisi, a singer, clad in...

For many Azerbaijani voters, the only choice is to laugh

Azerbaijani voters go to the polls on April 11 for a presidential...

Kazakhstan to send 120 peacekeepers to Lebanon

A senior Defense Ministry official in Kazakhstan has said that 120 troops...

As Armenia effects its political transition, all eyes on Sargsyan

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stepped down on April 9 and handed his...

Washington experts take rare look at Armenia

American experts on the post-Soviet space discussed United States policy toward a...

Kadyrov announces plan for road to connect Georgia and Chechnya

The government of Chechnya has expressed its readiness to construct a road...

Armenians and Azerbaijanis commemorate two years since breakout of “April War”

On April 2, Armenians and Azerbaijanis marked the second anniversary of the...

Tajikistan celebrates its Kemerovo heroes

A group of laborers from Tajikistan who saved dozens of lives during...

Rugby gains hold in Georgia as Georgian rugby rises abroad

On a mild Sunday afternoon, before a whistling, clapping, honking crowd of...

Nowruz Brings Iranian Tourists to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Nowruz, the Persian New Year, brings one certainty to Armenia, Azerbaijan and...

In Armenia, Azerbaijani Leader's Ancestral Village Lies Abandoned

High in Armenia’s mountains, near Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan exclave, sits Tanahat, an abandoned...

Nagorno Karabakh Leader Makes Unprecedented Visit to Washington

The de facto president of Nagorno Karabakh, Bako Sahakyan, has made an...

Think Tank Warns of Possible Unrest In Tajikistan's Pamir Region

An International Crisis Group briefing on Tajikistan is sounding the alarm on...

Kyrgyzstan: High-Level Resignation Points to Trouble at the Top

The defection of a high-ranking figure from within Kyrgyzstan’s presidential administration has...

Perspectives | In Eastern Ukraine, Civilians Pay

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, now entering its fifth year, has...

Kazakhstan to Spend $840M on Countering Religious Extremism

Security officials in Kazakhstan have reportedly said that they intend to spend...

Azerbaijani Claims on Armenia Spark International Backlash

Statements by Azerbaijan’s president calling for a “return to historical lands” in...

Baku Embraces Conspiracy Theory Blaming Armenians for Own Pogrom

This February marks the 30th anniversary of the events that launched the...

South Ossetian Police Pressure Investigative Journalist

Government authorities in the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia have pressured...

Diversity Declines in Georgia's Southwestern Mountains

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

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

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

Something Brewing: Georgia’s Tea Renaissance

“Tea,” our friend Lasha indicated with a head nod, driving past fields...

Armenia Reportedly Blocks Belarus-Azerbaijan Arms Deal

Armenia has managed to block a significant arms sale from Belarus to...

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

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

Georgian-Russian Opera Singer Performs in Abkhazia, Scandal Ensues

Renowned opera singer Giorgi Todua, a Georgian with Russian citizenship, performed at...

Survey: Armenians' Attitudes Toward Azerbaijan Increasingly Hardening

People in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh are increasingly opposed to making any...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Is Monitoring of Occupied Territories Back on the Table?

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to increase the size of the international...

Grozny Mayor In Georgia, Reportedly for Security Talks

A prominent Chechen official has reportedly been visiting Georgia for secret security...

Perspectives | Uzbekistan & Tajikistan: Catalysts for a Regional Water Solution?

The continuing rapprochement between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan could provide a boost to...

Azerbaijan’s Model Soldier: Pinup, Writer and Fighter

An elite trooper competing in beauty pageants and posing for risqué photoshoots...

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...

Karabakh: More (Relative) Calm Ahead in 2018?

2017 began with dire predictions for Nagorno Karabakh....

Azerbaijani Teacher Fired After Call for Peace with Armenia

In late December, a group of men from a nationalist organization broke...

Georgia Kicks Off 2018 with Caucasus Trade Conflict

Three days into 2018, Georgia already is finding it hard to keep...

Armenia, Turkey Trade Blame After Yerevan Abandons Protocols

Turkey and Armenia are trading accusations over responsibility for the apparent end...

Case Continues Against South Ossetian Journalist Accused of “Slandering” Ruling Party

A criminal case against one of South Ossetia's leading civic activists and...

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

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

Kazakhstan: Coal Miners End Strike After Compromise Reached

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

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

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

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

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

Trump's Jerusalem Gambit Prompts Opposition From Armenia, Concern From Georgia

United States President Donald Trump’s decision to defy international law and recognize...

Scottish Town Restores Abkhazian Monument; Calls for "Brotherhood" With Georgia

A Scottish town council has denied reports that it is removing a...

Turkey Investigates Karabakh Visitors After Azerbaijan Issues Warrant

Turkey has opened a criminal investigation into four prominent intellectuals after they...

CSTO Ready, But Not Yet Willing, To Send Troops to Syria

Leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led security bloc, have...

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

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

Azerbaijan Blocks Russian Choice for New Ambassador

Azerbaijan has rejected Russia's nominee for its new ambassador to Baku, further...

Kazakhstan: State TV Doc on Kyrgyzstan’s 2010 Revolt Ruffles More Feathers

A state broadcaster in Kazakhstan has tweaked Kyrgyzstan with a documentary depicting...

Armenia: War Hero Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

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

Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

Turkey has accepted the last of thousands of Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine...

China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

China is expected to be a major presence at the 28th meeting...

Armenia Signs Landmark Agreement with EU

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

Georgia’s David Lynch Moment

David Lynch paying an “official visit” to the Georgian parliament, meeting lawmakers...

Tajikistan: Marriage Folds Northern Elite Into Presidential Family

Given the highly regionalized nature of power dynamics in Tajikistan, this weekend’s...

Karabakh: What to Make of the Fresh Diplomatic Round?

With relative quiet continuing on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact, bilateral negotiations...

Armenia: Students Protest, Declare Hunger Strike Over Draft Deferment Bill

Changes in Armenia’s military conscription laws have resulted in large-scale protests among...

Scottish Memorial Sparks War of Words Between Abkhazia and Georgia

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

Turkmenistan: Fear and Loathing in Ashgabat

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

Georgian and Russian Orthodox Church Vow to Jointly Resolve “Abkhazian Schism”

The governments of Georgia and Russia have no formal relations and remained...

Bolshevik Squabbles Still Shape the Caucasus

At the end of Leon Avenue, in the capital of Abkhazia –...

Iran and Azerbaijan Boosting Military Ties

Iran and Azerbaijan have held the first meeting of a military cooperation...

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

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

Turkey: Erdoğan Negotiates Release of Crimean Tatar Leaders Imprisoned By Russia

Russia has freed two imprisoned Crimean Tatar leaders after Turkish President Recep...

Karabakh: Syrian Refugees Flee One War Zone for Another

About 20,000 Syrian refugees have settled in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh since the...

Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View

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

Azerbaijan: EBRD Gives Go Ahead for Azeri Pipeline Funding Despite “Laundromat” Allegations

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s board on October 18 approved...

Armenia Announces Big Military Spending Increase

In early October, Armenian Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan announced a 17 percent...

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge

Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater,...

Aliyev and Sargsyan Tete-a-Tete Meets Low Expectations

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

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

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

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

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

Catalan Cause Finds Support in Abkhazia

Abkhazia is more than 2,400 miles from Barcelona, but last weekend’s Catalan...

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

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

Evaluating the Risks Posed by Russia’s Nuclear Upgrade

In recently staged exercises, dubbed Zapad, Russian armed forces displayed a robust...

Acclaimed Filmmaker’s Trip to Georgia Postponed After South Ossetia Controversy

Serbian film director and musician Emir Kusturica’s upcoming concert in Tbilisi has...

Clashes Over Church Raise Specter of Georgian-Armenian Strife

A clash over a contested church in a majority-Armenian part of Georgia...

Turkey Cool to Azerbaijan's Request for Extradition of Karabakh Visitors

Azerbaijan has asked Turkey to arrest and extradite four Turkish citizens who...

Abkhazia: Memory of War Still Looms Large

Abkhazians will commemorate Victory Day on September 30, marking the day in...

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

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

Georgia’s British Candidate

Georgia’s upcoming local elections would be quite local, indeed, were it not...

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

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

Armenia: Hint of Territorial Concessions to Azerbaijan Sparks Controversy

Armenia's foreign minister suggested the country could hand over certain territories around...

Report: Nationalist Rhetoric on the Rise in Armenia and Azerbaijan

A new report has detailed how nationalist rhetoric has become more widespread...

Newly Released Blogger Airs Grievances Against Azerbaijan

If Azerbaijan expected gratitude for releasing a blogger from prison early, it...

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

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

Karabakh: Leader Starts Third Term As Region Consolidates Presidential Power

It’s the same leader, but a changing political system....

With Russia-NATO Meeting, is Baku the New Caucasian Geneva?

NATO's military chief and his Russian counterpart met in Baku, the first...

Armenia: The Highway Leads to Karabakh, But the Money Comes from California

On September 1, Armenian President Serzh Sargysyan and Karabakh leader Bako Sahakyan...

Karabakh: De-mining Continues Amid Rising Tension

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