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Abkhazians appreciate Syrian recognition, no matter the circumstances

Outside Abkhazia’s derelict former parliament, burnt beyond repair during the territory’s secessionist...

Turkmenistan: Keep the family close, and keep the population closer

Unlike regular people in Turkmenistan, the ruling family is getting to do...

Azerbaijan suffers blackout, and political blame game begins

Azerbaijan suffered a massive, country-wide blackout after an explosion at a power...

Georgia to extradite Turk involved in killing of Russian pilot

Georgia has arrested a Turkish man allegedly involved in the killing of...

Turkmenistan: The art of flattery

When the history books are written at the end of time, it...

With new railway, Turkey seeks to isolate Armenia and integrate Azerbaijan

Kars, in far eastern Turkey, has a long history as a frontier,...

Georgia closes airspace to Syrian airlines

Two Syrian airlines have been denied access to Georgian airspace in retaliation...

With draft convention, resolution of Caspian Sea status appears closer than ever

A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea,...

Turkmenistan: What’s left of rights?

A highly unusual document landed a prominent spot on the website of...

In the shadow of war: Life in Armenia’s defensive corridor

On April 4, 2016, Gevorg Azoyan was in the mountains of Karabakh...

Turkmenistan: If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov took time out of his crammed schedule this...

Uzbekistan tempts tourists with bars of gold

Gold: Uzbekistan’s latest wheeze for drawing foreign visitors....

Azerbaijan's "dream" pipeline commissioned – but troubles remain

Upwards of a thousand dignitaries – including the presidents of Turkey, Georgia,...

Turkish prosecutor declines to charge activists over Armenian Genocide commemoration

A Turkish prosecutor has decided against charging members of a human rights...

Azerbaijani military advances on tense Nakhchivan-Armenia border

Azerbaijan's military has advanced further into a no man's land on the...

Kazakhstan commemorates Stalin’s Terror

Svetlana Tynybekova was born in 1939, on the tail-end of a tidal...

Stolen cattle provoke anti-Turkish backlash in Georgian border villages

Residents of a village on Georgia's border with Turkey have blocked a...

Turkmenistan: Cotton bans and whitewashes

It is not often that you hear about cotton from Turkmenistan, although...

Syria formally recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The Syrian government recognized the independence of Georgia’s breakaway regions Abkhazia and...

As ties with Turkey suffer, Israel moves to recognize Armenian genocide

Israeli politicians have called on the country to formally recognize the Armenian...

Turkey opens criminal probe of Armenian lawmaker for ‘insulting’ speech

A Turkish prosecutor has opened an investigation into a lawmaker of Armenian...

Erdoğan calls for ‘common sense’ from new Armenian government

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this week called on Armenia to show...

Armenia and that post-Soviet trick with prime ministers

Two Russians are having a conversation following the peaceful revolution in Armenia, goes...

Protests in Armenia: Nikol Pashinyan's unlikely rise

Nikol Pashinyan, who has led the largest political protests in Armenia's post-Soviet...

Turkmenistan's new $1.5 billion port: Show over substance?

Accolades are rolling in for cash-strapped, cut-off Turkmenistan’s newly opened $1.5 billion...

Uzbekistan: Turkish president’s visit generates billions in deals

The renewed friendship between Turkey and Uzbekistan has generated a few more...

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

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

Lawmaker in Turkey’s parliament asks it to recognize Armenian genocide

A member of Turkey’s parliament has submitted an unprecedented bill seeking recognition...

Turkmenistan protests too much as citizens are halted from leaving country

As if for no reason, Turkmenistan’s migration authorities this week decided to...

Tajikistan court jails 71-year old over Islamic State links

A court in northern Tajikistan has sentenced a 71-year old woman to...

Why Georgians second-guess their doctors

Veranika Ebralidze, a stay-at-home mother of two from Tbilisi, took a deep...

Perspectives | At Kazakhstan's main airport, are Kyrgyz being singled out for questioning?

For a few months now, I have been hearing stories of Kyrgyzstan...

Turkey's authoritarian turn deprives Tajiks of safe haven

There was a time when Turkey felt like a safe haven for...

For many Azerbaijani voters, the only choice is to laugh

Azerbaijani voters go to the polls on April 11 for a presidential...

US says Central Asia-focused ISIS recruiter killed in airstrike

The main alleged recruiter of Central Asian nationals into the ranks of...

Armenia and Azerbaijan compete to attract Iranian cargo

On its heavily fortified border with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Armenia...

Armenia suspends Schengen visa processor’s activities due to links with Turkey - reports

Armenia’s Justice Ministry suspended activities at a Turkey-linked company hired by the...

Uzbekistan throws party for Afghanistan talks, Taliban skips

It has been many a year since Uzbekistan’s capital has seen such...

Turkmenistan, Iran Talk Gas Swap Deals

Turkmenistan is exploring options on natural gas swap deals with Iran to...

Nowruz Brings Iranian Tourists to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Nowruz, the Persian New Year, brings one certainty to Armenia, Azerbaijan and...

Azerbaijan's New Pro-Government TV Network Has Some Familiar Faces

A new, all-news television station has started broadcasting in Azerbaijan. And as...

Perspectives | New Book Purports to Offer "Smoking Gun" Proving Armenian Genocide

The idea that the Ottoman government intentionally destroyed its Armenian population during...

European Investment Bank Approves $1 Billion Funding for TANAP Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 932 million Euros ($1.15 billion)...

Perspectives | Contrasting the Media in America and Russia

Both Russian and American media have come under scrutiny in the United...

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

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

Azerbaijani Government Taps Social Media to Woo Youth

Last August, a new, Azeri-language media brand appeared on Facebook and immediately...

Georgians Fear Visa-Free Travel to Europe in Jeopardy

A year ago, when the European Union declared that Georgian citizens could...

Armenia Wonders: Are We At Risk From US Sanctions?

The United States has reportedly notified Armenia and other countries that they...

Armenian Olympic Skier Finds Himself With No Skis

Armenia’s only alpine skier at the Winter Olympic games in South Korea...

Tajikistan: Turkey Hands Over Opposition Politician in Extra-Legal Move

An opposition politician from Tajikistan has...

Uzbekistan: Intelligentsia Make Plea For Opposition Leader’s Return

More than 400 representatives of Uzbekistan’s self-described intelligentsia have signed an online...

Fear, Silence Weigh on Turkey's Armenians after Failed Coup

Aruş Taş, a silversmith in Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar, has witnessed decades...

Azerbaijan President Calls for Return to “Historic Lands” in Armenia

Azerbaijan's president has claimed that large parts of Armenia's territory are Azerbaijan's...

Activists Protest Armenian Government’s Proposed Anti-Smoking Measures

The Armenian Ministry of Health has proposed significantly increasing fines for smoking...

Turkey's Afrin Operation Draws in Armenians, Azeris

As Turkey’s military intervention in Kurdish-majority Afrin, Syria, entered its third week,...

European Bank Approves 1.5 Billion Euros For Azeri Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 1.5 billion euros in financing...

Russia Picks Fight With Armenia Over Nazi Collaboration

A historical dispute between Armenia and Russia over Armenia's liberation-hero-turned-Nazi-collaborator has reignited,...

Something Brewing: Georgia’s Tea Renaissance

“Tea,” our friend Lasha indicated with a head nod, driving past fields...

Uzbekistan Takes Another Stab at Visa Rules Shakeup

Just in time for the tourist season, Uzbekistan is undertaking another attempt...

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...

Turkey Suspends Talk Show for ‘Insulting’ Azeri Leader and Wife

Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog suspended a popular talk radio program and slapped one...

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

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

Azerbaijan Keeps Aiming High with World Expo Bid

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

Turkmenistan Bans Sex, Drugs and Violence on TV

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

Royal Role Models: Historical Revisionism in Russia and Turkey

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

Uzbekistan: Business Empire of Karimov’s Other Daughter Under Attack

In a speech full of surprises over the weekend, the president of...

Taking the Temperature of Turkmenistan’s Economic Meltdown

In his year-end address to the nation, Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, brimmed...

Azerbaijan: Higher Oil Prices Mean Increased Military Spending

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

Armenia, Turkey Trade Blame After Yerevan Abandons Protocols

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

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

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

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

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

Kazakhstan Looks to Azerbaijan for Gas Transit

Kazakhstan is exploring options with Azerbaijan on finding new export outlets for...

Defendant in Dink Murder Case Says Officials Knew of Plot in Advance

Turkish authorities knew of an assassination plot against Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink...

Armenia Debates Shift Away From Nuclear Power

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

Afghanistan's Ghani Visits Uzbekistan on Mission to Plug Into Central Asia

The president of Afghanistan has visited Uzbekistan on a mission to plug...

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

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

Turkey Investigates Karabakh Visitors After Azerbaijan Issues Warrant

Turkey has opened a criminal investigation into four prominent intellectuals after they...

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...

Azerbaijan: Detentions End but Pressure on LGBT Community Continues

In mid-October, the mother of Nura, a transgender woman from a conservative...

Kyrgyzstan: Ex-Mufti’s Second Wife Sparks Polygamy Debate

A prominent religious authority in Kyrgyzstan has admitted to taking a second...

Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

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

Russia Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste Hazards in Far North

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

When Georgia's Fighting “Terrorists,” How Much Does the Public Need to Know?

Two days after a nearly 24-hour-long, armed counter-terrorism operation in Tbilisi that...

Uzbekistan Strikes Multibillion Dollar Deals in Korea, Seeks Mining Help

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

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

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

Afghanistan Betting on Transit Corridor to Europe via Caucasus

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

Kazakhstan: Financial Illiteracy Hampering Economic Recovery

Kazakhstan’s National Bank will embark on research next year to find out...

Karabakh: What to Make of the Fresh Diplomatic Round?

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

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

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

Iran and Azerbaijan Boosting Military Ties

Iran and Azerbaijan have held the first meeting of a military cooperation...

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

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

Uzbekistan & Turkey: Is It Love?

The just-concluded Uzbek-Turkish summit meeting in Ankara was like a meeting of...

Uzbekistan to Relaunch Defense Industry with Turkish Joint Venture

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

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

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

Turkey Detains Philanthropist Known for Supporting Armenian Reconciliation

Turkey has detained an influential Turkish businessman and philanthropist who has been...

Uzbekistan: Media Conference Overshadowed by Jailing of Reporter

A conference on media freedoms that took place this week in Uzbekistan...

Azerbaijan: EBRD Gives Go Ahead for Azeri Pipeline Funding Despite “Laundromat” Allegations

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s board on October 18 approved...

Armenia: With EU Deal, Romancing Both Brussels and Moscow

Moscow appears angling to reinforce Armenia’s shaken commitment to the Russia-centric economic...

Azerbaijani Navy Visits Iran for First Time Amid Warming Ties

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