Joshua Kucera

Armenian Defense Minister Crowdfunds Soldier's Surgery

The Armenian defense minister's attempt to crowdfund money for a wounded soldier's expensive...

Iran's Caspian Flagship "Seriously Damaged"

The flagship of Iran's Caspian naval fleet has been seriously damaged, and...

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

The United States planned a large increase in special forces training programs...

Report: China Building Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

China is building a military base for the Afghan armed forces in...

Iran Denies Compromise on Caspian Division

Iran has denied Russian claims that it has agreed on how to...

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

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

Uzbekistan Restoring Closer Military Ties with Russia

Uzbekistan has agreed to buy Russian attack helicopters, the latest sign that...

Post-Soviet Governments Weaponize Transparency: Report

Authoritatian governments have cleverly used the liberal norm of transparency in order...

Russia Claims Caspian States Reach Agreement on Sea's Status

The five states bordering the Caspian Sea have finally agreed on "all...

Iran Launches New Corvette on Caspian

Iran has launched a new warship on to the Caspian, in what...

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

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

Azerbaijan Blocks Russian Choice for New Ambassador

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

Armenia Signs Landmark Agreement with EU

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

Russian TV Backs Down After Calling Armenian Hero "Fascist Collaborator"

A Russian state television station has apologized after airing a segment about...

Georgia: US Works to Counter Russian Narratives

Using means like television programs, fact-checking websites, and book clubs, the United...

Afghanistan Betting on Transit Corridor to Europe via Caucasus

Eurasia has no shortage of ambitious, difficult-to-implement transit route projects in the...

US Approves Long-Sought Sale of Anti-Tank Missiles to Georgia

The State Department has approved the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to...

Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as...

Armenia's Ruling Party Criticizes EU-Backed Domestic Violence Bill

Armenia's ruling party has criticized a draft bill aimed at preventing domestic...

Uzbekistan to Relaunch Defense Industry with Turkish Joint Venture

Uzbekistan will produce more than 1,000 armored vehicles in a joint venture...

Azerbaijan Claims to Break Up Terror Attack Against Opposition Rally

Azerbaijan's authorities claim to have broken up a terror plot targeting an...

Celebrity Chef Bourdain Visits Armenia, Karabakh, Probably Not Azerbaijan

American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has visited Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, to...

Armenia: EU Officials Making Tactical Retreat in Values War

Armenia’s government has introduced long-awaited legislation to ban domestic violence, an issue...

Aliyev and Sargsyan Tete-a-Tete Meets Low Expectations

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

Azerbaijani Navy Visits Iran for First Time Amid Warming Ties

Azerbaijan's navy has made its first-ever visit to Iran, signaling warming ties...

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

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

Clashes Over Church Raise Specter of Georgian-Armenian Strife

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

Russia to Build New Home Base for Caspian Flotilla

Russia is planning to create a new home base for its Caspian...

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...

Pentagon Looking to Georgia to Help Arm Syrian Rebels

The United States negotiated with Georgia to buy weapons for Syrian rebel...

Armenia Debates Leaving the Eurasian Union

A pro-Western group in Armenia's parliament has submitted a proposal for the...

Azerbaijan Threatens to Cut Off Military Cooperation With US and NATO

Azerbaijan has threatened to cut off its military cooperation with the West...

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

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

At Last Minute, Armenia Drops Out of NATO Exercises in Georgia

At the last minute and with no explanation, Armenia has dropped out...

Georgia Thwarts EU Engagement with Abkhazia

Two years ago, the European Union commissioned a senior diplomat to write...

Israeli Arms Manufacturer Alleged To Have Attacked Armenia From Azerbaijan

Officials from an Israeli arms manufacturer fired two drone missiles from Azerbaijan...

On Anniversary of South Ossetia War, Putin Visits Abkhazia

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the breakaway republic of Abkhazia and pledged...

Georgia: Great Expectations Accompany US Vice Presidential Visit

The Trump administration's foreign policy has been, to put it mildly, unpredictable....

Azerbaijan, Without Explanation, Drops Out of NATO Exercises

When NATO military exercises kick off in Georgia next week, they will...

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...

Armenia: A Year On, Police Station Attack Still Divides Society

Armenians marked the one-year anniversary of an armed takeover of a Yerevan...

Moscow Suggests Armenia Adopt Russian As Official Language

Russian officials have suggested that it might be a good idea for...

Turkey: We're Buying Both Russian and European Air Defense

Turkey has reached agreements with both a Russian company and a European...

Azerbaijan: Russia Stopped Us From "Breaking Armenia's Resistance" in 2016

Russia intervened to stop Azerbaijan's advances in last year's conflict with Armenia,...

Armenia: Can the Government Reverse Demographic Decline?

Armenia’s government is pursuing an ambitious goal of increasing the country’s population...

Killing of Azerbaijani Toddler Inflames Karabakh Tensions

Armenian soldiers killed two Azerbaijani civilians, including a two-year-old girl, resulting in...

Russia Complains To Azerbaijan About Discrimination Against Armenians

Russia has formally complained to Azerbaijan about "ethnic discrimination" against Russian citizens of...

With Islamic Games Over, Baku Tears Down Mosque

When protesters tried to stop the demolition of a Baku mosque in...

Uzbekistan and Russia to Restart Joint Military Exercises

This October, Uzbekistan and Russia will hold their first joint military exercises...

Armenia: This Time, EU Deal Meets Russian Approval

The last time Armenia negotiated closer ties with the European Union, in...

Atambayev Offers Russia to Build Training Base in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is against the expansion of the existing Russian airbase in the...

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Under Right Conditions, Open to Deployment to Syria

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have denied that they are in talks to send...

Russia In Talks With Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Over Military Deployment to Syria

Russia is in talks with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan about sending troops to...

European Rebuke a "Severe Blow" to Georgia; Less So to Azerbaijan

The European Parliament issued an unusual rebuke to Georgia, along with a...

Uzbekistan Starts Shopping For Kazakh Weaponry

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have steadily begun to build military ties, suggesting that...

Will the Great Gulf Game Spill Over Into the Caucasus?

The Caucasus has long been caught up in the rivalry between Russia...

Report: Armenian Military Planning To Push Deeper Into Azerbaijan

Armenia has decided that if fighting again breaks out with Azerbaijan, it...

Russia Holds Military Exercises in Tajikistan -- But Why Not With CSTO?

Russia and several of its allies, including Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, are...

After Denunciation, Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform on Shaky Ground

One of the founders of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform, a Baku-backed initiative...

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

When Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited Washington in early May and...

Yerevan Hands Over to Russia Soldier Convicted of Murdering Six Armenians

A Russian soldier convicted of murdering six members of an Armenian family...

As Islamic Games Open, Azerbaijan Wrestles With Muslim Identity

With an opening ceremony rich in pageantry, Azerbaijan welcomed athletes and tourists...

Armenia: Workers at Russian Military Base Protest Unpaid Wages

Workers at Russia's military base in Armenia have gone on strike, claiming...

Azerbaijan's First Family Accused in Maltese Corruption Scandal

Azerbaijan's first family has been accused of funneling millions of dollars to...

With an Armenian (Finally) in Charge, Will CSTO Alter Course?

After a delay of more than a year, the Russia-led post-Soviet security...

Trump's Strikes on Syria a Big Hit in Caucasus

The United States missile strikes on Syria have gladdened pro-Western hearts among...

South Ossetia: Voters Opt Against the Kremlin Favorite

Voters in South Ossetia have cast out the territory’s incumbent de facto...

Iranian Navy Makes First-Ever Visit to Kazakhstan

Iran's navy has made its first formal visit to Kazakhstan as Tehran...

Kazakhstan Takes Over Russian Missile Test Site

Kazakhstan has shut down another Russian military testing site, as it steadily...

At Summit, Aliyev and Nazarbayev Talk Trade and Karabakh

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev traveled across the Caspian on an official visit...

U.S. Boosts Special Forces Training in Central Asia

The United States has stepped up its trainings of elite military units...

U.S. and Romania Practice Storming Black Sea Shores

The United States and Romanian navies practiced storming the beaches of the...

Azerbaijan: Government Watchdog Transforms Into Attack Dog

An hour into an interview, Eynulla Fatullayev pulls out a cigarette and...

Azerbaijan, Dropping Out of Transparency Initiative, Issues Challenge to Foreign Investors

Azerbaijan has decided to leave the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) after...

Georgians Wary of Turkey’s Rising Influence in Batumi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech last October in Rize,...

Georgia Offers NATO to Build a Black Sea Base at Poti

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

Georgia to Abandon All Attack Jets, Replace Them With Drones

Georgia is planning to get rid of its entire fleet of attack...

After Abandoning Chinese Missiles, Turkey Says It's Ready to Buy Russian

Senior Turkish officials say that Russia is now the leading contender in...

NATO Promises Increase in Tempo of Air, Naval Patrols on Black Sea

NATO countries have agreed to increase the alliance's activities around the Black...

Azerbaijan: Ruined Village Becomes Showcase for “Great Return”

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

Report: Turkmenistan is Turkey's Biggest Weapons Buyer

Turkmenistan was Turkey's single largest weapons buyer over the past five years,...

U.S. Says Russia Buzzed its Warship in Black Sea

Russian planes buzzed a United States warship in the Black Sea as...

Central Asians See NATO More as Threat than Protection

Central Asians are more likely to see NATO as a threat rather...

Armenia Proposes Kicking Belarus Out of CSTO

The diplomatic brouhaha over a travel blogger has led to senior officials...

Russians Still Waiting for Trump Thaw as NATO Resumes Exercises in Black Sea

NATO is conducting some of its biggest naval exercises ever in the...

Turkmenistan's Navy Shows Off New French Missiles

Turkmenistan has equipped its naval vessels with new anti-aircraft weapons, suggesting that...

Ukraine Releases Georgian Soldier Wanted by Russia

Ukraine has released a Georgian soldier whose arrest -- under a Russian...

Azerbaijan: Energy Hopes vs. Italian Olive Groves

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline is a key element of Azerbaijan’s efforts to export...

South Ossetia Keeps Its Military, For Now

South Ossetia's armed forces will become part of the Russian armed forces...

Bucking Trump, His Cabinet Promises Hard Line on Russia

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

Russia Announces Intent to Establish Air Base in Tajikistan

Russia is seeking to expand its military presence in Tajikistan by renting...

St. Petersburg Summit Accelerates Unraveling of CSTO

Dissension among the nominal allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the...

Azerbaijan Announces Deal With Israel to Buy Iron Dome

Azerbaijan has reached a deal with Israel to buy the Iron Dome...

Russia to Enlist Allies in Fight Against NATO

Russia will try to enlist its post-Soviet allies in shoring up its...

Would South Ossetia, By Any Other Name, Be So Contentious?

The authorities in South Ossetia want to change the name of their...

Russia Promises Tajikistan "Large Quantity" of Military Aircraft

Russia has promised a "large quantity" of military aircraft to Tajikistan over...

Top Trump Adviser Has Shifting Views on Russia, Eurasia

President-elect Donald Trump's top national security adviser has expressed a variety of...