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To Bury, or Not to Bury? Russia Undecided about Legendary Hadji Murad’s Skull

A head severed almost 180 years ago is causing a stir in...

Georgia’s Communists, With Chinese Help, Fight to Preserve Stalin’s Press

Deep in Tbilisi’s Avlabari district sits an old, derelict wooden house. Beneath...

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

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

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

The first specialized academy of higher learning in Uzbekistan devoted exclusively to...

Tajikistan: Brain Drain Rush Causes Annual Riot

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

Armenia Debates Shift Away From Nuclear Power

With its aged nuclear power plant scheduled to close in a decade,...

Eurasian Economic Union:  Many Problems, Few Solutions

The squabble between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan was relatively petty, but the cracks...

Russia Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste Hazards in Far North

Confronting one of the most hazardous environmental legacies of the Soviet era,...

Georgia’s David Lynch Moment

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

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

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

The Central Asianist Podcast with Nate Schenkkan: Order at the Bazaar

In this episode, Nate talks with Regine A....

Gender and the Bolsheviks: A Contested Legacy

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

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...

Tajikistan: Student Medic Pays $16,000 Admission Bribe

The size of the alleged bribe needed to get an aspiring medical...

Kyrgyzstan and the Mummy’s Curse

Cultural officials in Kyrgyzstan have caused a stink by allowing the mummified...

Expert Opinions, Episode 3: Looking at Luxury Real Estate’s Money Laundering Role

A podcast from the Harriman Institute at Columbia University....

Armenia Showcases Electric Concept Car

Even as GM announced its strategy for “an all-electric future,” Armenia, never...

Kyrgyzstan: Smears Soil Election Campaign

Kyrgyzstan’s competitive presidential election campaign is taking a dirty turn, as strategists...

Georgia Celebrates Sending a Song Into Space

It’s often been said that Georgian folk singing is out of the...

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...

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

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

Israeli Minister in Armenia: Damage Control or Something More?

Armenia-Israeli relations have been somewhat distant, complicated by the latter's strong ties...

Azerbaijan Quickly Becoming Turks' Best (Only?) Friend

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

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

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

Georgia: Monitoring Project Raises Hopes for Improved Highway Safety

Auto safety is a perennial issue across Eurasia, as the generally poor...

Georgia: Are the Police Backsliding?

The reform of Georgia’s law-enforcement apparatus was once the pride of the...

Uzbekistan: 22-Year Old Named Deputy Education Minister

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

Kyrgyzstan: Most Competitive Presidential Race in Country’s History Taking Shape

When Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister and presidential contender Sooronbai Jeenbekov was serving as...

Armenia: Nation-Army Plan Raises Concerns About Society’s Militarization

A new program is promoting the closer integration of Armenia’s military and...

Georgia: Dissident Snatching Dents Georgia’s Image

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

Kyrgyzstan: Movie Teaser Sparks Morality Debate

A recently released minute-long music video promoting an upcoming movie in Kyrgyzstan...

On the Question of Religious Freedom in Azerbaijan

By Hikmat Hajiyev, Head of Press Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of 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...

Azerbaijan: Flower Power Struggles to Revive

For over a decade, Azerbaijan celebrated the birthday of former president Heydar...

Expert Opinions, Episode 1: Russian Protests and Evolving US-Russia Relations

A podcast from the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, hosted by Masha Udensiva-Brenner...

Georgia Serves as Proving Ground for Experiment to Eradicate Hepatitis C

Thousands of Georgians have been cured of hepatitis C as a result...

Is GUAM Making a Comeback?

With its first high-level meeting since 2008, the GUAM group of nations...

Uzbekistan to Get a Rolling News Channel

Uzbekistan is to get its own 24-hour rolling news channel. In the...

Azerbaijan: Creationist Textbooks Stir Controversy, Public Action

“And it is He who created the heavens and the earth in...

EurasiaNet Garners Nomination for an “Oscar of the Internet”

Journalist Andrew North’s dedication to “slow story-telling” has helped EurasiaNet.org garner a...

Kazakhstan: Education Reforms Assailed by Patriotic Camp

Kazakhstan’s government knew what it was getting when Yerlan Sagadiyev was appointed...

Kyrgyzstan: MPs Reject Ban on Hunting Endangered Animals

Parliament in Kyrgyzstan has narrowly rejected legislation that would have made it...

Kyrgyz American Foundation Kicks Off with a Concert

The Kyrgyz American Foundation is staging a concert in New York on...

Drowning in Data – EITI in Kazakhstan Must Mean More

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

Turkmenistan Aims High as It Pledges Space Exploration

Turkmenistan is aiming for the stars. Speaking at his presidential inauguration after...

Tajikistan: Feeling the Eurasian Union’s Gravitational Pull

In a story from the weird news section this past week, Tajik...

Kazakhstan: Celebrity Embroiled in Language Row

A famous actor and entertainment producer in Kazakhstan has waded into a...

Uzbekistan: Azimov Loses Job at Finance Ministry

A man one time considered a possible successor to Uzbekistan’s late president...

Separating Fact from Fiction in Russia’s ‘Information Wars’

The flurry of hacking, paranoia and fake news which preceded the biggest...

Tajikistan Celebrated a New Holiday This Year – President’s Day

On November 16, officials at all levels of government broke into displays...

The Armenian Diaspora and Armenia: A New Relationship?

Leading members of the Armenian Diaspora are looking to take on a...

Central Asia Heartened By Trump's Russia-Friendly Views

Central Asia has looked at Donald Trump’s election to the US presidency...

Uzbekistan: Acting President Finally Has Day in the Sun

By a decision of Uzbekistan’s Central Election Commission on October 20, presidential...

Central Asia: Interpreting and Remembering the 1916 Revolt

“You must have some more of these potatoes,” the scholar next to...

Moldova: Can Presidential Election Alter Geopolitical Course?

Direct presidential elections will be held in Moldova on October 30....

Kyrgyzstan: Medieval Philosopher Reclaimed as National Hero

When the 11th-century philosopher and poet Yusuf Balasaguni published a work on...

Struggling Economy Forces Big Defense Spending Cuts in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is facing a large decrease in its military budget as state...

Carnegie Gives Grants to Promote Russian Studies

The Carnegie Corporation is striving to catalyze a revival in the study...

Uzbekistan: New Leader Carrying Out Personnel Overhaul

Uzbekistan’s interim leader is wasting no time in culling officials and bringing...

Kyrgyz Authorities Describe Uighur-Led, Multinational Plot Against Chinese Embassy

Kyrgyzstan's authorities have released details of several people it accuses of organizing...

Azerbaijan: Marching in Lockstep with Turkey in Cracking Down on Gulen

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responds to the failed coup attempt...

Turkmenistan: President's Son Gets Foreign Ministry Job

In a custom fitting to the region, Turkmenistan’s ruler has picked a...

Uzbekistan’s Losing Battle Against Drought

The last time Berdybai Nauryzbayev harvested rice was five years ago....

Will China Bring Nuclear Power to Moldova?

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

Kazakhstan & China: Fear, Loathing and Money

Second in a Five-Part Series There is an old Kazakh proverb that...

Azerbaijan: What Is the Ombudsperson’s Role in Human Rights?

With the June 17-19 Formula One race in Baku drawing closer, Azerbaijani...

Armenia’s First Smartphone Goes on Sale

Armenia’s first-ever smart phone arrived in stores on June 6, as the...

Tajikistan Bans Last Day of School Festivities

With the referendum out of the way, Tajikistan is back to usual...

Tajikistan: Officials Backtrack on Slavic Name Ban

Tajikistan has climbed down on recent proposals to abolish Slavic-sounding surnames following...

Azerbaijan Slams Amal Clooney as Armenia’s Secret Weapon

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney’s April 26 remarks to the BBC have...

Putin as Peacemaker in Karabakh

“War is over, beware of peace” goes a phrase from the Caucasian...

Tajikistan: President to Get His Own Holiday

Tajikistan may be about to get a new day off if lawmakers...

Don't Worry, Russia: China's Not Starting A "Central Asian NATO"

In an apparent attempt to assuage Russian concerns, Chinese defense officials have...

Uzbekistan: Future Dim for Solar Power

A modest achievement in renewable energy in Uzbekistan is a reminder of...

Georgia: Buying Bread with Less Dough

For Irma Nikoladze, a trip to the boutique bakery in her neighborhood...

Uzbekistan: Tashkent Stifles Art of Debate With Terror Charges

Uzbekistan has never been a fan of free speech — but Tashkent...

Russia’s Invisible Children

How one outreach forum for LGBT teens has been forced to adapt...

Gay Marriage Lawsuit Launched in Georgia

In a first for the Caucasus, a Georgian man has filed a...

Kyrgyzstan: Earthquake Crisis Reveals Cracks in the System

Months after an earthquake shook the Kara-Suu district of southern Kyrgyzstan, families...

Quiet Changes in Uzbek Presidential Election Law Come as New Year's Surprise

Qishloq Ovozi is pleased to once again be able to feature one...

Tajikistan: Lawmakers Tighten Rules on Baby-Naming, Marriage

In a flurry of banning, Tajikistan’s lower house of parliament on January...

Tajikistan: Afghan Refugees in Limbo, Adapt to Staying Put

The surge of refugee crises across the globe is dampening prospects for...

Tajikistan’s Islam-Averse Leader Goes to Mecca

In a striking change of tack from his regular aversion to all...

The End of Russia's Mass Hallucination

Fresh barbed-wire fencing around the nation's main TV tower isn't exactly a...

Kazakhstan: Saiga's Fortunes Further Dashed by Poachers

As if Kazakhstan’s beleaguered saiga antelope population doesn’t have enough to cope...

Kazakhstan: Showcase Bicycle Team Gets Clearance to Race

With Russia about to be engulfed by an epic athletics doping scandal,...

Examining the Religious Dimension of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The Moscow Patriarchate’s meddling in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is backfiring, as its...

Georgia: Is Putin in the Pipeline? Resistance to Possible Gazprom Deal Grows

Georgia could be on the cusp of a bargain with Gazprom, Russia’s...

Alexievich Says Nobel Literature Prize Awards Entire Belarusian Nation

Belarusian author and investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich has expressed "personal joy" at...

Azerbaijan’s Second Satellite and First Bicycle

Ever eager to use its underground energy riches to fuel its above-ground...

Russian Military Flights To Syria Skirting Caucasus

New flight-tracking data suggests that Russia is sending military equipment to Syria...

Books Land Kazakhstan in Diplomatic Spat With Ukraine

Kazakhstan’s diplomatic balancing act over the conflict in Ukraine has been upset...

Azerbaijan: Is It Time to Consider Sanctions?

Some regional experts want the United States and European Union to consider...

Tajikistan May Get Its Own President Statue

Taking a leaf out of Turkmenistan’s book, Tajikistan may soon be getting...

Planet Named After Tajikistan, Says State Media

Some of Tajikistan’s myth-building is out of this world, but it has...

Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University Fights Censorship Allegations

Management and staff at Kazakhstan’s flagship university are disputing recent accusations of...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Has Sports Overcome Politics at European Games?

Despite the Azerbaijani government’s assertion that the European Games in Baku would...