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Pashinyan in Brussels: “We expect more assistance”

Armenia's newly elected prime minister Nikol Pashinyan visited Brussels and had a...

Perspectives | Rethinking the “Russian World” concept

The concept of Russkii Mir (the Russian World) has been one of...

Armenia’s parliament rejects opposition leader; protests resume

Armenia's parliament has voted down protest leader Nikol Pashinyan's bid to become...

Russia deploys teachers to Tajikistan on goodwill mission

Emil Burkhanov’s pupils call him ustod, the Tajik word for teacher, a...

Armenia's "Velvet Revolution" keeps peace with Russia - for now

The leaders of the protest movement that toppled Armenia's longtime leader Serzh...

Uzbekistan, Russia to jointly create TV channel

Uzbekistan and Russia have pledged to jointly create a television channel, potentially...

Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

Masha Udensiva-Brenner tells the story of New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson’s...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

“To be a Eurasianist should be cool, it should be stylish.”...

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

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

Russia Aims to Lure South Ossetian, Abkhazian Patients Away from Georgia

A new agreement will encourage residents of Georgia’s breakaway region of South...

Tajikistan: How a Broke Government Keeps its Books Balanced

In its annual budget, Tajikistan is relying on unusual accounting maneuvers to ensure...

Saakashvili Rallies Supporters in Kyiv after Escaping Arrest

After an hours-long standoff with law-enforcement, supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili gathered outside...

The Russian Orthodox Church and the Impact of Bolshevism

It is common knowledge that the advent of Bolshevism in 1917 was...

Tajikistan: Saudis Give Loans to Build Schools, But Why?

Saudi Arabia has pledged to fund to build 66 schools in Tajikistan...

Armenia: Is Concern About Domestic Violence a Liberal Value?

Legislation aimed at preventing domestic violence in Armenia has been scuttled after...

Kazakhstan Going Into Soft Power Overdrive

Kazakhstan made the front pages of international newspapers last month when it...

Azerbaijan: Is Platform for Peace an Olive Branch or PR Stunt?

At a time when the prospects for peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan...

Bucking Trump, His Cabinet Promises Hard Line on Russia

President-elect Donald Trump's nominees for his top foreign policy, defense, and intelligence...

Russia: Geopolitical Gifts Mask an Economic Dilemma for Putin

As Russia prepares to celebrate Orthodox Christmas, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has...

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

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

Russia's Military Olympics Expand to Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is hosting two events of the International Army Games, a Russia-created...

Kazakhstan: Doping Scandal Casts Gloom Over Olympic Hopes

Discoveries of drug cheating by some of Kazakhstan’s sporting heroes have injected...

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...

Contemporary Art from Former Soviet Union Finds Collectors

In the early 1990s, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, art...

Uzbekistan & China: Friends in a Time of Need

Forth of a Five-Part Series...

Kazakhstan & China: Fear, Loathing and Money

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

Armenia: Papal Visit to Foster “Christian Solidarity”

The Rev. Grigor Mkrtchian is dealing with the biggest logistical challenge of...

Kazakhstan: Businessman Accused of Stoking Land Protests As Coup Plot

Kazakhstan’s intelligence agency has named a Kazakh businessman as one of the...

Georgia: A “Family” Gathering Commemorates an Anti-Gay Riot

An anti-LGBTQ conference provides ecumenical and political unity among American, Georgian and...

Uzbekistan: Russia Drawing Students in Droves

Russia’s soft power influence over Uzbekistan has increased in recent years with...

Georgia Divided over “Blasphemy Bill”

Georgia has moved ahead with plans to make religious irreverence punishable by...

Kazakhstan: TV Epic Promises Game of Thrones-Style Thrills

Armor-clad warriors surge out from behind a rocky outcrop and gallop across...

Georgia: Constitutional Court Decision Stokes Debate on Marijuana Legalization

Drug legalization advocates in Georgia have reason to cheer. The South Caucasus...

Russia and the EU: The Tale of Two Empires

The differing, imperial-like natures of Russia and the European Union are going...

Russia and the Battle for Ukraine’s Hearts and Minds

Russia may have the upper hand in the war in eastern Ukraine,...

Thirty-One Hours in the Baku Airport: A Q&A with Human-Rights Expert Giorgi Gogia

Human Rights Watch’s South-Caucasus representative Giorgi Gogia spoke with EurasiaNet.org about his...

How Strong Is Russia’s Soft Power in Georgia?

Few Westerners doubt the South Caucasus country of Georgia’s commitment to eventual...

Lobbyists Put Positive Spin on Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan – Report

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are among the world’s dictatorships benefiting from the services...

Gülen Schools Appear Under Threat in Tajikistan

Tajikistan has cast doubt over its willingness to continue hosting a network...

Kazakhstan: Astana Embraces Soft Power to Massage International Image

Kazakhstan is scrambling to keep its diplomatic options open amid rapidly rising...

Russia’s Back Road to Georgia: To Trade or Invade?

Russia wants to revive a tsarist-era project for building a new road...

Uzbekistan: Rattled by Russian Expansionism, Tashkent Looks East

Russia’s aggressive actions toward Ukraine are vexing Central Asian states....

Turkey: What Would an Erdogan Presidency's Foreign Policy Look Like?

With the battle against the militants of the Islamic State (IS) heating...

Georgia: Grassroots Movement Seeks to Decriminalize Marijuana

They came with bags full of cups of urine and left them...

Amid Crimea Crisis, Russia Proposes Expanding Citizenship in Ex-USSR

The Russian government has proposed legislation that would grant citizenship to anyone...

Putin Turns Attention to Eurasian Union

After offering a coldly efficient example in Ukraine of the use of...

Moscow’s Customs Union Pitch Falls Flat with Bishkek Students

The Kremlin wheeled out its soft power machine this week to make...

Uzbekistan: Gulnara TV Mysteriously Slips Off Air

Four television stations close to Gulnara Karimova, the Uzbek president’s eldest daughter,...

Gazelles for Georgia, with Love from Azerbaijan

It's difficult to know sometimes what gift to get for a close...

Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar Wrestles with Dutch Disease Dilemma

Ochir Damchaa chuckles as he drives his second-hand Toyota sedan through the...

Turkey: Relations with Egypt Go from Bad to Bizarre

As discussed in a previous post, Turkey's vocal criticism of the recent...

Azerbaijan: A Double Standard Won’t Do for Baku

Kseniya Sobchak, a well-known Russian political activist and social butterfly, is an...

Armenia: Opposition Casting About for a New Catalyst

If a post-Communist record-book were kept of political protests in formerly Soviet...

For Georgian Voters, It's the Crowd Size That Matters

In the eyes of many Georgians, the size of a crowd of...

Turkey: Red Crescent Complements Ankara’s National Security Objectives

In the decade since the Justice and Development Party assumed power, Turkey...

Turkmenistan Economic News

BP Confirms Presence of Large Gas Reserves in Turkmenistan...

Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

Last week, the 12th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was...

Rihanna. Madonna. Shakira. GooGoosha? Meet The Latest Pop Princess

Move over Rihanna, Madonna, Adele, Pink, Shakira, Ke$ha, Fergie, and Beyonce. There's...

Russia: Can the Kremlin Develop a Warm & Fuzzy Side?

In the post-Soviet age, Russia has relied on military muscle and energy...

Turkey: Ambitions Vs. Reality in Ankara's ME Foreign Policy

Perhaps one of the most quoted Wikileaks cables to come out of...

Uzbekistan: Tashkent Takes Hardline Approach on Containing Turkish Soft Power

Religion is a wedge that is driving Uzbekistan and Turkey apart....

Turkmenistan's Election Party Soured by Cold and "Low" Turnout

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov insisted presidential elections on February 12 should be held in...

Turkmenistan: China is Worrying About an $8 Billion Energy Bet

It looks like China is growing jittery about Iran’s standoff with the...

Turkey: What Do the Kurds Think?

The European Council on Foreign Relations recently released an interesting study called...

Turkey: Adult-Oriented Graphic Magazine Fined for Being too Adult

The Turkish Prime Ministry's "Board for the Protection of Children from Harmful...

Two Visions Of Talking To The Taliban

There are few things more divisive in Afghanistan today than the question...

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

A fact-finding mission by members of the European Parliament (MEPs) visited Turkmenistan...

WikiLeaks: "The Guys with the Guns" Run Turkmenistan

WikiLeaks has not had any alleged US diplomatic cables from Ashgabat to...

Kyrgyzstan: Russia Puts on the Petrol Squeeze -- Again

Kyrgyzstan looks more and more like Moscow’s yo-yo....

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

The European Parliament sent a delegation to Turkmenistan April 26-29 to perform...

Russia's Star On Rise Again In Kyrgyzstan

Outside forces have competed for influence in Kyrgyzstan since the vacuum left...

WikiLeaks News Flash: Turkmen Leader is a 'Micromanager'

This just in: the Turkmen president is a micromanager!...

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

The diplomatic cables downloaded clandestinely from a U.S. government network and published...

Turkey: Could a Caliphate Make a Comeback?

The foreign policy of Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party, or AKP,...

Is India Out of the Game in Tajikistan?

Several weeks ago, Tajikistan's foreign minister announced that the country was in...

Commentary: Can Russia Embrace A New Model For Central Asia?

I count myself among the many Kyrgyz people who have high expectations...

Does Russia now see its victory in Georgia as a defeat?

What effect has the Georgia-Russia war had on Russia and the Kremlin's...

Tbilisi Tries Soft Power Tactic to Win Back the Breakaways

A week before she comes to Tbilisi, the European Union’s chief diplomat,...

Coping with a Refugee Influx

Uzbekistan is struggling to accommodate tens of thousands of ethnic Uzbek refugees...

European Parliament Calls For Greater EU Role In South Caucasus

BRUSSELS -- The European Parliament has called for greater EU involvement in...

Central Asian Strongmen Look Askance at Kyrgyz Upheaval

For the leaders of Central Asian states surrounding Kyrgyzstan, the early April...

Kyrgyzstan: Provisional Government Has Difficulty Staying on United Message

As it tries to project its authority across fractious Kyrgyzstan, the provisional...

Turkey: Is Ankara Trying to Tame the Russian Bear?

There is an odd little detail at the back of a 1928...