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Remittances to Central Asia Surge But Fall Short of Historic Highs

Fresh data from Russia’s Central Bank have shown a strong resurgence in...

Perspectives | In Eastern Ukraine, Civilians Pay

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

For Tajikistan's Asylum Seekers, Poland is a Dead End

Kalandar Sadurdinov, a 70-year-old from Tajikistan, is one of thousands wanted back...

Perspectives | A Guide to Central Asia's Sacred Spaces

Władysław Bukowiński, a Polish priest born in what is now Ukraine, was...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

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

Abkhazia: Counting on a Cryptocurrency

Breakaway Abkhazia plans to launch its own cryptocurrency in a bid to...

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

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

Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

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

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: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

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

Georgia Keeping Its Land Off-Limits for Foreigners

Every month Yuriy embarks on a 17-hour drive from Donetsk to Tbilisi,...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

Breakaway South Ossetia is jumping on board with a Russian crackdown against...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

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

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

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

Misha in Revolution Mode

He’s rammed his way across an international border, rallied cheering supporters and...

Saakashvili’s Train to Ukraine Stopped in Poland

Ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on September 10 found himself stuck in a...

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

As Ukraine’s recent economic difficulties persist—the country registered a modest growth rate...

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

Montenegro’s recent accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sent an...

Why Russian Ultranationalists Confronted Their Own Government on the Battlefields of Ukraine

On a snowy January day in 2016, a small crowd assembled in...

Armenia: This Time, EU Deal Meets Russian Approval

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

Azerbaijan: A Reset with the EU?

Azerbaijan is pursuing a new agreement with the European Union focused on...

Expert Opinions, Episode 2: What’s the Matter with Chechnya?

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

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

Established in 1997, GUAM—a platform named after its members Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan,...

South Ossetia: A “Little Switzerland” for Donbas?

South Ossetia has emerged as an unlikely banking center, providing financial services...

Backlash Grows Against Ukraine’s Attempts to Block Russian Social Media

The Ukrainian government has descended to the Kremlin’s level with its decision...

No Ticket to Ride: Georgia Blocks Pro-Kremlin Biker Brigade

The last time a large group of Russian vehicles, revving their engines,...

Russia: Confessions of a (Former) State TV Reporter

After working for Kremlin TV, a Russian reporter explains how the state...

Uzbekistan: Russia-Themed War Remembrance Ribbons Ruffle Feathers

In advance of the May 9 holidays to mark victory in World...

Ukraine: Are We Seeing a Lull Before the Russian Storm?

Western media may not be paying much attention now to Ukraine, but...

Why Europe’s Last Dictator May Suddenly Need Uncensored TV

Belarus may lose the only TV channel that dares to criticize its...

Belarus: Is Showdown Looming in Minsk?

A mass rally against a tax on unemployment is scheduled to take...

Georgia Offers NATO to Build a Black Sea Base at Poti

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

Moldova and Ukraine: Diverging Neighbors?

To a casual observer, Moldova and Ukraine appear quite similar with their...

Kazakhstan: Reimagining the Past Through Art

Imperious khans and assorted dignitaries gaze into the distance. Meanwhile, fierce battles...

Russian Cyber Operations: 2017 and Beyond

As Russia's alleged cyber-intrusions into U.S....

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...

Ukraine Releases Georgian Soldier Wanted by Russia

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

Team Trump on Russia: Words and Actions

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has picked his Cabinet members and advisors. Here...

Russia to Enlist Allies in Fight Against NATO

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

Russia: Will Trump Become the Kremlin’s “Icebreaker”?

Be careful of what you wish for; it might come true. This...

Hackers Release More E-Mails They Say Tie Putin Aide to Ukraine Crisis

KYIV -- Ukrainian hackers claim to have broken into a second e-mail...

Ukraine: Young Entrepreneurs Taking Matters into Their Own Hands

While the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and the broader Russia-West standoff...

NATO Agrees to Expand Naval, Air Patrols in Black Sea

NATO has agreed to come up with a "coordination body" to manage...

Kasparov Says Confrontation With West Putin's 'No. 1 Goal'

Kremlin foe Garry Kasparov says President Vladimir Putin is resorting to "external...

Russia's Friends Form New 'Cossack Army' in Balkans

BUDVA, Montenegro -- When the commander of the newly created "Balkan Cossack...

Base Bluster: Doubts Cloud Russian Talk of Far-Flung Military Outposts

MOSCOW -- As ties between Moscow and Washington plunge to new lows...

Russia & Turkey: Putin and Erdoğan Make Up in Istanbul, To a Point

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are...

International Criminal Probe Blames Missile from Russia for MH17 Tragedy

NIEUWEGEIN, The Netherlands -- An international criminal investigation into the MH17 tragedy...

Ukraine: Tech Sector Looks to Move Beyond Outsourcing

Ukraine has long been known as an outsourcing center because of its...

Ukraine and Georgia: Two Rabbits, One Misha

There is an old Ukrainian saying – if you chase two rabbits,...

Demographic Divergence

After 25 years of independence, some former Soviet republics are experiencing record...

Ukraine Detains Separatist Fighter From Uzbekistan

Ukraine’s security service has said it has detained a citizen of Uzbekistan...

Guns of August: Fears of Full-Scale War Return as Casualties Mount in Ukraine

Maryinka, Ukraine -- Framed by a tiny cutout in the fortified bunker,...

Erdogan Goes to Russia: Turkish Leader Seeks to Mend Fences with Kremlin

What a difference a few months can make.   Last November, a...

Kazakhstan: Jailed Opposition Leader Kozlov Set for Parole

A court in Kazakhstan has ordered the release on parole of jailed...

Google Maps Reverts to Soviet-Era Place Names in Russia-Annexed Crimea

U.S. tech giant Google has reinstated existing Soviet-era place names on online...

Moldova: No Support for NATO Involvement in Transnistria Dispute

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is seeing itself tested in one key...

US Hate Group Forging Ties with the “Third Rome”

Matthew Heimbach is a burly, bearded 25-year-old propagator of hate....

Mystery Surrounds Istanbul-Attack Suspect's Past in Georgia

The one-armed and one-legged presumed mastermind of the June 28 attack on Istanbul’s...

British Exit Worries EU's Eastern Allies

Brexit is seen as a win for Russia over the European Union...

Russia's State TV Airs Evidence of Russian Cluster Bombs in Syria

Russia’s state-run RT network has broadcast footage appearing to show Russian jets...

Georgia: Tbilisi Tries to Assuage Germany on EU Visa Waiver

Government leaders in Tbilisi are scrambling to address Germany’s stated concerns that...

Georgian NATO Cooperation Laid Low By Chicken Pox

Georgia has had to drop out of large-scale NATO military exercises because...

Chafing at Sanctions, Moscow Pokes and Pries at EU Unity

Standing before a classical Greek frieze at a press conference in Athens...

The Unraveling of Moscow's 'Novorossia' Dream

The Kremlin’s project to create “Novorossia” in southern and eastern Ukraine and...

U.S. Signals Support For Formal NATO Black Sea Presence

A senior American NATO official has signaled support for a proposal to...

With Pentagon Meetings, Is Minsk "Betraying" Moscow?

The United States and Belarus are intensifying their military cooperation, as Minsk...

Freedom House: Economic Troubles Threaten Stability in Ex-Soviet 'Dictatorships'

In a new report, Freedom House warns that economic woes are threatening...

Nagorno-Karabakh: Trying to Separate Fact from Fiction

When the deadliest fighting in decades broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh in early...

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

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

Frozen Conflicts Undermine Nuclear Security

The renewal of armed conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the...

Russian Officials Fault the West Over Brussels Blasts

MOSCOW -- The death toll was still mounting in the Brussels bombings...

Russia Celebrates Crimea Grab, Critics Denounce 'Climate of Fear'

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the seizure of Crimea from...

Moldova: US Expanding Security Assistance as Local Support for NATO Dips

The United States is stepping up military cooperation with Moldova as part...

Russia's Disabled Hit Hard By New Rules

Daniil is 5 years old, but he has spent more time in...

Poroshenko Orders Ukrainian Military Focus On Crimea, Black Sea

Ukraine is planning a "substantial enhancement" of its military position around the...

Opposition Calls Kadyrov 'Private Army' Threat to Russia

MOSCOW -- A leaked excerpt from a soon-to-be-released report by the Russian...

U.S. Boosts Aid To Georgia To "Resist Russian Aggression"

The United States would give Georgia a big boost in aid to...

News Analysis: Putin Pulls Levers as Russian Patriarch, PM Head Abroad

With the Russian patriarch and prime minister both holding big meetings abroad,...

U.S. Intel: Georgia's Western Orientation At Risk

United States intelligence believes that Georgia could reverse its strategic orientation toward...

As Consumer Debt Rises in Russia, Collectors Get Violent

MOSCOW -- Sergei has watched in horror as Russian television has been...

British Inquiry Implicates Russia, Putin in Death of Ex-Agent Litvinenko

A British inquiry has concluded that the Russian government was behind the...

EurasiaNet's 2015 Photos of the Year

Parades across the former Soviet states commemorated the 70-year anniversary of the...

The Kremlin Diet: Are Food Bans an Effective Foreign Policy Tool?

The Kremlin believes that a carrot can be used as a stick...

Russia’s Foreign Food Policy Takes Aim at Turkey

Every time Russia is miffed with its neighbors, it goes on a...

Possible Russia-West Rapprochement Over Syria Stokes Fears in Europe's East

France's surprise embrace of Russia in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist...

Kazakhstan: Man Jailed Over Separatism Sensitivities

A man has been jailed on charges of promoting separatism in Kazakhstan...

EU Mulls Direct Talks With Russian-Led Economic Bloc, Angering Some EU Members

EU diplomats, expecting rocky times ahead in their immediate dealings with Russia,...

Activist Says Russia Using 'Hybrid Warfare' in Syria

The head of a team of Russian cybersleuths who have uncovered what...

Russia and the EU: The Tale of Two Empires

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

That Time a Russian OSCE Monitor in Ukraine Got Drunk, Said Too Much

A Russian member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's...

Where Does the Caspian Sea Figure in Russia’s Strategic Calculus?

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced in early October that Russian warships...

Ukraine: IDPs Turn to Volunteers, Rather than Government for Support

Nearly a year and a half after war in eastern Ukraine with...

Cybersleuth Points to Russian Tank Unit in Eastern Ukraine

An open-source researcher in Ukraine has become the latest cybersleuth to seemingly...

Russian Agreement On Air Base Rankles Some Belarusians

The Russian government has published a draft of its agreement with Belarus...

Fired Teacher Not Alone as Gay Activists Push Back in St. Petersburg

In November, Anastasia was a well-respected teacher giving music classes at a...