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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...

Of Saakashvili, His Son and Khinkali

Khinkali and Mikheil Saakashvili are among Georgia's best known brands. Combine the...

The Royal Role Model: Historical Revisionism in Russia

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

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

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

Five Peculiar Soviet Cartoons for the Holidays

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

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

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

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of...

Saakashvili: Free Again (Seriously)

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

Saakashvili Recaptured, For Now

Arrested, broke free, arrested again -- the spectacle around ex-Georgian President Mikheil...

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...

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...

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...

Kazakhstan: Official Tamps Down Ruthenium-106 Jitters

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

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’s David Lynch Moment

David Lynch paying an “official visit” to the Georgian parliament, meeting lawmakers...

Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

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

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

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

The Specter of Red October Still Haunts the Baltics

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

Bolshevik Squabbles Still Shape the Caucasus

At the end of Leon Avenue, in the capital of Abkhazia –...

Kazakhstan Worries About Catalonia, Thinks About Home

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

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...

Georgia Keeping Its Land Off-Limits for Foreigners

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

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...

Georgia’s Elections: Painting the Town Blue with Kakha Kaladze

Ex-soccer star Kakha Kaladze has scored his biggest win on Georgia's political...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

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

Azerbaijan: Seeking to Arrest Critical Journalists throughout the Ex-USSR

The arrest of an Azerbaijani journalist in Ukraine marks a fresh instance...

Armenia: With EU Deal, Romancing Both Brussels and Moscow

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

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

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

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

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

Tajikistan: President’s Brother Dies, 67

Authorities in Tajikistan have announced that the elder brother of the president...

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

There are echoes of Soviet times in the way Russia has been...

Evaluating the Risks Posed by Russia’s Nuclear Upgrade

In recently staged exercises, dubbed Zapad, Russian armed forces displayed a robust...

Acclaimed Filmmaker’s Trip to Georgia Postponed After South Ossetia Controversy

Serbian film director and musician Emir Kusturica’s upcoming concert in Tbilisi has...

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

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

Saakashvili Goes to Kyiv

After being propelled into Ukraine over the flimsy resistance of border guards,...

Misha in Revolution Mode

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

Ukraine: Saakashvili’s Return Sets Stage for Sovereignty Crisis

Mikheil Saakashvili came to power in his native Georgia in 2003 when...

Mikheil Saakashvili Enters Ukrainian Territory

Chanting “Glory to Ukraine!” and “Misha, Misha, Misha!” a crowd of Mikheil...

Saakashvili’s Train to Ukraine Stopped in Poland

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

Azerbaijan: State Low-Cost Airline Replaced By Lower-Cost Airline

The Azerbaijani capital of Baku may be associated with oil wealth and...

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

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

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

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

Georgia: Prank Call Leaves Minister in Hot Water, Confirms No One Wants Saakashvili

If you’re a politician, it’s always unpleasant to be publicly pranked. It’s...

Saakashvili Goes to Poland, but How?

Mikheil Saakashvili has long had a reputation for pulling off the unexpected,...

Uncitizen Saakashvili: Life in Legal Limbo

Caught in a surreal bubble of statelessness, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili...

How Moldovan Politicians Use Foreign Leaders for Domestic Purposes

As thousands of Russian soldiers marched through Moscow’s Red Square on May...

Georgia: Great Expectations Accompany US Vice Presidential Visit

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

Georgia, Azerbaijan Sceptical about Yandex-Uber Rides

Choosing a cab has become an increasingly geopolitically tricky decision in the...

Georgia and Ukraine’s Saakashvili up in the Air

Disowned first by Georgia and then Ukraine, the most famous revolutionary of...

Azerbaijan, Without Explanation, Drops Out of NATO Exercises

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

Georgia: Presidential Visit Highlights Hopes, Challenges of Ties With Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko made his first visit to Georgia as Ukraine’s president, as...

Azerbaijan: Prison for a Blogger, Free Flats for Reporters

It’s been a notable week for Azerbaijan’s efforts to control both foreign...

Turkey’s Black Sea Policy: Navigating Between Russia and the West

“[Istanbul] holds an absolute dominion over the Black Sea. By one door...

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

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

Armenia: Can the Government Reverse Demographic Decline?

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

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

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

Crimea: Circumventing Trade Sanctions via Novorossiysk

Despite trade sanctions, Crimea is maintaining connections to international markets. Crimean traders...

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,...

Putin Pop: A Guide to Russia’s Most Patriotic Music Genre

A music critic once argued that Vladimir Putin-inspired songs are the worst...

Russian Librarian Found Guilty For Keeping Ukrainian Books

As Russia’s war with Ukraine stretches into a third year, the Kremlin...

Tajikistan Wages War on Dual-Citizenship Holders

Tajikistan’s National Bank has fired 30 employees for possessing dual citizenship....

Georgia: Disapproval Rising for NATO Membership

NATO recently recognized Georgia’s contributions to peacekeeping missions from Afghanistan to Kosovo...

Kazakhstan: A Tale of Famine and Flight

When Nurziya Kazhibayeva was six years old, a famine swept across Kazakhstan....

South Ossetia: A “Little Switzerland” for Donbas?

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

Journalist Vanishes from Georgia, Resurfaces in Azerbaijani Jail

The murky disappearance of an Azerbaijani journalist from Tbilisi and his sudden...

Uzbekistan: Celebrated Rights Lawyer Dies, Aged 69

After many years of being denied permission to leave Uzbekistan, human rights...

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

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

Repression is the Mother of Invention: Civil Society Groups Embrace Technological Innovation

Activists and innovators are joining forces to improve watchdog capabilities in Eurasia....

Russia’s Double Standard on Dealing with “Fake” News

Russia’s efforts to flood the media landscape in both the United States...

Saakashvili Gearing Up for Third Political Act

Talking to Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia and erstwhile governor...

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

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

Is GUAM Making a Comeback?

With its first high-level meeting since 2008, the GUAM group of nations...

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...

Russian Beyond Russia

Language is harmfully intertwined with politics these days in Eurasia. The swirling...

The US “Offshore” Industry and the Eurasian Connection

In Cheyenne, Wyoming, a small brick-faced house sits between a Greek Orthodox...

Georgia: First Daughter Claims Drug Raid Aimed at President Giorgi Margvelashvili

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s daughter, Ana Margvelashvili, has accused the police of...

U.S. and Romania Practice Storming Black Sea Shores

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

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...

Kazakhstan: Parliament Rams Through Vague Constitution Fix

Kazakhstan’s parliament has hastily adopted amendments to the constitution following weeks of...

Russia: The Specter of Revolution – Part 1

Part 1 of a 2-Part Series...

Moldova and Ukraine: Diverging Neighbors?

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

Georgia: No Explanation for Alleged Plot to Poison the Patriarch

More than two weeks on, an investigation into a potential scheme to...