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Kazakhstan: Businessman a Hostage in Astana-Ablyazov Feud?

Without warning one evening in November, agents from Kazakhstan’s security services mobbed...

Presidential Selection: Armen Sargsyan’s Second Coming to Armenia

On January 19, Armenia’s outgoing president Serzh Sargsyan presented his ambassador to...

Behind Uzbekistan’s Bus Tragedy, a Story of Grinding Despair

A tiring, uncomfortable bus trip to Russia ended in tragedy for 52...

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

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

Azerbaijan Keeps Aiming High with World Expo Bid

Azerbaijan’s appetite for the grandiose shows no signs of satiation, as it...

52 Uzbek Citizens Killed in Bus Blaze in Kazakhstan

Emergency officials in Kazakhstan have reported that at least 52 people were...

Turkmenistan Bans Sex, Drugs and Violence on TV

Turkmenistan has adopted broadcasting legislation that in effect bans the depiction on...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Vows New Breakthrough in US Ties

The visit of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Washington has generated a...

Royal Role Models: Historical Revisionism in Russia and Turkey

Like his counterpart in Russia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is looking...

The Royal Role Model: Historical Revisionism in Russia

An anomalous facet of Russia’s authoritarian political system is that presidential elections...

Karabakh: More (Relative) Calm Ahead in 2018?

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

Georgia: Security Forces' Killing of Teenager Runs Risk of Alienating Isolated Muslim Region

A teenager shot during the counter-terrorism operations in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge has...

Tajikistan: Brain Drain Rush Causes Annual Riot

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

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central...

Controversial Prisoner Exchange Throws Abkhazian Leadership into Crisis

Abkhazia's release of a Georgian prisoner has resulted in large-scale protests in...

Report: China Building Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

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

Azerbaijan: Higher Oil Prices Mean Increased Military Spending

While low energy revenues have forced Azerbaijan's government to cut back in...

Georgia Kicks Off 2018 with Caucasus Trade Conflict

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

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

Crimea is becoming a growing financial burden for the Russian government. Under...

Tajikistan: International Callers Hit by Move to Throttle Hi-Tech

Ilhom Nodirov, 25, has been working in Berlin for the past three...

Tajikistan: Searching for Food Security

Uzbekistan’s recent efforts to reform its cotton-production system have caught the attention of...

Five Peculiar Soviet Cartoons for the Holidays

Since it’s that time of year again, readers with (or without) an...

Armenia, Turkey Trade Blame After Yerevan Abandons Protocols

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

Iran Denies Compromise on Caspian Division

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

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

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

High-Tech Baby Bed Unveiled in Armenia

A new Armenian-made “smart crib” that can sing lullabies, tell stories and...

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

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

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

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

Uzbekistan Restoring Closer Military Ties with Russia

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

Saakashvili: Free Again (Seriously)

For the second time running in less than a week, former Georgian...

With Opening of Turkish Border, Georgia's Armenians Grow Uneasy

A few weeks ago, residents of the village of Dadash, on Georgia's...

Post-Soviet Governments Weaponize Transparency: Report

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

What does Kazakhstan’s new military doctrine reveal about its relations with Russia?

Without much ado, Kazakhstan adopted a new military doctrine in September, replacing...

Armenia Debates Shift Away From Nuclear Power

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

Russia Claims Caspian States Reach Agreement on Sea's Status

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

Eurasian Economic Union:  Many Problems, Few Solutions

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

Iran Launches New Corvette on Caspian

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

Saakashvili Rallies Supporters in Kyiv after Escaping Arrest

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

Abkhazia: Counting on a Cryptocurrency

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

Georgia: New Europe-Asia Rail Route Slow to Produce Economic Benefits – Locals

On the outskirts of the sleepy Georgian town of Akhalkalki, set against...

The Red Legacy: Evaluating the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution

A special project in which leading scholars and experts from the United...

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

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

Georgia: More Questions than Answers about Death of ISIS-Linked Ahmed Chatayev

Georgia’s State Security Service has confirmed the death of alleged ISIS commander...

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....

Georgia: A Church Divided against Itself

The Georgian Orthodox Church is having an eventful year: priests have been...

Azerbaijan Blocks Russian Choice for New Ambassador

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

Uzbekistan: Starting to Grapple with Labor Migration Issue

The recent murder of an Uzbek migrant in the Moscow region was stunning for its...

Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

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

Kyrgyzstan: Mr. Jeenbekov Goes to Moscow

Right out of the gate, Kyrgyzstan’s new president is seeking to prove...

Kazakhstan: Official Tamps Down Ruthenium-106 Jitters

Authorities in Kazakhstan have scrambled to reassure the public after an opposition...

Russia Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste Hazards in Far North

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

Armenia: Watered-Down Domestic Violence Law “Insulting to Women”

Armenia’s government has presented its final draft of controversial legal reforms aimed...

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...

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

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

Uzbekistan Strikes Multibillion Dollar Deals in Korea, Seeks Mining Help

In his latest foray in the mission to reopen his nation to...

Georgia: US Works to Counter Russian Narratives

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

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

With only days remaining before his six-year tenure as chief executive ends,...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: Outgoing President Pledges to Continue Playing Role in Politics

Kyrgyzstan’s president has in his final press conference before leaving office dangled...

Karabakh: What to Make of the Fresh Diplomatic Round?

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

Tajikistan: Russia Shows Off Jeweler-Like Accuracy of Iskander-M Missile

Ten-day military exercises in Tajikistan by a Moscow-led security alliance have seen...

Kazakhstan: Wave of Emigration to Russia Shows No Sign of Abating

The outflow of technically qualified and educated people from Kazakhstan has been...

Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

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

Tajikistan: Opposition Figure Attacked by Mob

One of the few opposition figures still remaining in Tajikistan was assaulted...

Eurasian Union Insists Customs Code At No Threat of Delay

The permanent body that runs the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union trade bloc...

Abkhazia: Nauru Stays Loyal In Face of U.S. Pressure

The president of the South Pacific island nation of Nauru visited Abkhazia,...

Kyrgyzstan: Losing Presidential Candidate Ditches Party Leadership

The main losing candidate in the recent presidential election in Kyrgyzstan has...

Turkmenistan: Iran, Saudis Dangle Exits from Energy Cul-de-Sac

In these lean times, Turkmenistan has been seeking out potential clients and...

Kazakhstan Summons Landmark Central Asian Leaders Summit

Kazakhstan is seeking to reprise its role as a locomotive for regional...

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

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

What if the Soviet Union had not Collapsed?

As states go, the Soviet Union died young. It also never made...

The Bolsheviks and the Law: The Legacy of Arbitrary Justice

Analyzing the law through the prism of a revolution is inherently paradoxical....

Chechnya: Praising Putin with iPhone X

Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, Chechnya’s...

Russia’s Oil Industry: Surmounting the Bolshevik Legacy of Inefficiency

As an economic experiment, the communist system of central planning constituted a...

Kazakhstan, Paradise Papers: Offshore Propped Up by Bailed-out Bank

A trove of documents obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung has shed...

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Bicker Over Contraband

When Sarsenbay Koishybayev, a retiree in Almaty, Kazakhstan, went to his local...

The Specter of Red October Still Haunts the Baltics

The Baltic states followed a unique trajectory following the October Revolution, breaking...

Georgia to Promote Abkhaz Language, But Sukhumi Unimpressed

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has announced a new state program aimed...

Russian-Armenian Tycoon Expanding Influence in Armenia

Samvel Karapetyan, an Armenian-born billionaire who has built a business empire in...

Uzbekistan: A Breeding Ground for Terrorism?

A mass killing in New York perpetrated by a citizen of Uzbekistan...

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...

The Russian Orthodox Church and the Impact of Bolshevism

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

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

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

Kazakhstan Worries About Catalonia, Thinks About Home

Kazakhstan’s government engaged in some not-so-subtle signaling over the weekend by issuing...

Gender and the Bolsheviks: A Contested Legacy

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

What Is to Be Done About the ‘Russian Question?’

The October Revolution of 1917 was not a singular event, but five...

“Sexy Sheep” Welcome Azerbaijanis to Ukraine

A bare-breasted woman wearing a sheep hat greeted male arrivals from Baku...

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...

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

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

Russia: Remembering a Soviet Ideal, Purged of Revolutionary Ideas

Russia’s political elite fears the idea of an uprising, making it complicated...

Putin at Valdai: A Deep Dive Into Long-Standing Grievances

Organizers take pride in the Valdai Discussion Club’s generally forward-looking approach. Yet...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

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

Conspiracy Theorists in the Kremlin

Publication of the Panama Papers in April 2016 acted as the trigger...

Tajikistan: LGBT Registry Sparks Outrage

Authorities in Tajikistan have reportedly compiled a registry of hundreds of people...