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Karabakh: More (Relative) Calm Ahead in 2018?

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

Uzbekistan Restoring Closer Military Ties with Russia

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

Tajikistan: How a Broke Government Keeps its Books Balanced

In its annual budget, Tajikistan is relying on unusual accounting maneuvers to ensure...

Armenia Signs Landmark Agreement with EU

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

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

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

Pentagon Looking to Georgia to Help Arm Syrian Rebels

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

Murky Azerbaijani Flights to Syria: Whistleblowing or Black PR?

Earlier this summer, the Bulgarian daily newspaper Trud published a sensational report,...

Russia & Turkey: The Arms Deal that Signals the Age of Pragmatism

If any single arms deal can capture the shifting nature of Russian...

Kim Kardashian West Reportedly “Infiltrates” Azerbaijan with Lipstick 

Azerbaijan has detected something of a national security breach. And this time...

Israeli Arms Manufacturer Alleged To Have Attacked Armenia From Azerbaijan

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

Israeli Minister in Armenia: Damage Control or Something More?

Armenia-Israeli relations have been somewhat distant, complicated by the latter's strong ties...

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...

Armenia: Workers at Russian Military Base Protest Unpaid Wages

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

Azerbaijan Increasingly Airing Grievances with Russia

Azerbaijan is increasingly dissatisfied with Russia’s role as a mediator in the...

Kazakhstan: State Workers Made to Buy Expo-2017 Tickets

Teachers in Kazakhstan have reportedly complained that their bosses are forcing them...

Azerbaijan: Ties with Pakistan Focusing on Arms and Energy

Azerbaijan’s diplomatic contacts with Pakistan have intensified over the past year, with...

Report: Turkmenistan is Turkey's Biggest Weapons Buyer

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

Turkmenistan's Navy Shows Off New French Missiles

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

Team Trump on Russia: Words and Actions

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

Azerbaijan Announces Deal With Israel to Buy Iron Dome

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

Azerbaijan: Netanyahu Visit Boosts Azerbaijani-Israel Ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent official visit to Baku signals that...

Kazakhstan: Beer Baron’s Downfall Spells Trouble for Activist Trial

A military court in Kazakhstan has sentenced a brewery tycoon to 21...

Azerbaijan Looks to Greater Reliance on Domestically Produced Weapons

With an array of new, domestically produced weapons, including sniper rifles, machine...

Water and Land Issues Dividing Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

As strangers approached, a trio of soldiers guarding the dirt track leading...

Central Asia: Measuring the Geopolitical Impact of the Bishkek Bombing

While attention in Central Asia in late August was fixated on the...

Kazakhstan Enlisting European Tech To Build Caspian Navy

Kazakhstan is teaming up with German, Turkish, and Spanish firms to boost...

Kazakhstan: Aktobe Violence Wrongfoots Authorities

The weekend’s bloodshed in Kazakhstan seemed to catch the government off-guard....

Kazakhstan: At Least 10 Killed in Unrest Blamed on Extremists

Authorities in Kazakhstan said at least 10 people were killed on June...

Angered at Arms Sales to Azerbaijan, Armenians Push Away from Russia’s Embrace

When Armenia joined the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union in 2015, Armenian President...

Georgia Signs Deal To Sell Guns To UAE

Georgia's growing defense industry has made its second export sale, this time...

Kazakhstan: Land Commission Trudges On Amid Arrests

A public commission set up in Kazakhstan as an attempt to defuse...

Kazakhstan Takes Autocratic Turn With Mass Detentions

Authorities in Kazakhstan reacted with startling severity to attempts to hold rallies...

Armenia Wants More Bang for the Buck from Russia

Russia’s plans to keep selling guns to both Armenia and Azerbaijan, no...

Armenia, Azerbaijan Air Grievances Against "Allies"

With Nagorno Karabakh's worst violence in two decades having abated, Armenia and...

Turkey-Russia Antagonism Playing Out in Karabakh

The enmity that has been building between Turkey and Russia is spilling...

Kazakhstan: Parliamentary Election Campaign Limps to Finish Line

Many in Kazakhstan are not even sure what parties are contesting the...

Azerbaijan Shells Out on Guns and Games

Azerbaijan is not letting the global oil-price crisis interfere with its penchant...

Russia, With Turkey In Mind, Announces Big Weapons Deal With Armenia

Russia has announced the details of a new shipment of arms it...

Georgia, Kazakhstan Announce First Big Arms Export Deals

Georgia and Kazakhstan have both announced the first major arms sales of...

Russian Outreach To Taliban Raises Concerns In Central Asia

Russia has reached out to the Taliban in Afghanistan in what senior...

Finding the Next Flashpoint in US-Russian Relations

Since the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, US-Russian relations repeatedly have been...

As Protests Continue In Yerevan, Russia Concedes To Armenia On Soldier Murder Case

Russia has agreed to let Armenian courts try a Russian soldier accused...

Uzbekistan Buying European Military Planes? Photos Say Yes.

Uzbekistan appears to have bought four military transport aircraft from Airbus, as...

Russia Trying To Maintain "Parity" In Arms Sales To Armenia, Azerbaijan

Moscow is driven by the principle of "parity" in its arms supplies...

Azerbaijan: European Games’ Sponsors Have Ties to First Family

That corporate sponsorship and international sporting events go hand-in-hand is nothing new....

Armenia: With Friends Like Russia, Who Needs Enemies…

Armenia considers Russia to be its strategic ally. But it appears that...

Report: Azerbaijan Gets 85 Percent Of Its Weapons From Russia

Azerbaijan was the second-largest arms importer in Europe over the past five...

Ankara Worried About New Arms Embargo From U.S.

The move by the U.S. Congress to deny secondhand warships to Turkey...

Uzbekistan Turning To Russia For New Weaponry

Uzbekistan appears to be increasingly relying on Russia for military equipment as...

U.S., Georgia Intensifying Talks On "Weapons Procurement"

A flurry of high-level military visits between Washington and Tbilisi appears to...

Armenia: Feeling Betrayed by Russia?

Armenians are seething over Russia’s possible role in the shoot-down of an...

A Week On, Armenians Complain Of Azerbaijani "Impunity" For Helicopter Shootdown

A senior European diplomat has visited the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh...

Uzbekistan Buying Airbus Military Helicopters, If Germany Doesn't Block Sale

Airbus has a contract to sell military helicopters to Uzbekistan but it...

In Azerbaijan, Russian DefMin Proposes "Collective Security" On Caspian

Russia wants to create a system of "collective security" on the Caspian...

CSTO Chief Visits Armenia-Azerbaijan Front Line, Gets Earful From Sargsyan

The head of Russia's post-Soviet military bloc has made his first-ever visit...

Saudi Arabia To Buy Georgian Armored Vehicle?

A Georgian armored vehicle is a finalist in a tender for the...

South Africa Under Fire For Arming Turkmenistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan

The government of South Africa is facing criticism for allowing arms exports...

Turkey: Sizing Up Ankara's Connection to ISIS

With the power of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS,...

Germany Details Military Exports, And Denials, To Post-Soviet States

The German government released its annual report on the country's arms sales...

Again Testing Armenia's Loyalty, Russia Offers More Tanks To Azerbaijan

Russia is offering Azerbaijan another 100 tanks, on top of 100 that...

NATO To Increase Cooperation With Armenia, Azerbaijan

NATO is planning to increase its cooperation with Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Moldova...

Armenian U-Turn On EU Not As 'Objective' As Thought

Armenia's last-minute decision to join a Russian-led customs union at the expense...

Would Japan Sell Weapons To Azerbaijan?

A sale of Turkish howitzers to Azerbaijan seems to be back on...

Armenia: Yerevan Cold-Shoulders Iran as Gas Suitor

Armenia is the most gas-hungry country in the South Caucasus, and already...

Russia Closes Door on Abkhazia for Olympics

If the Abkhaz want to visit the Winter Olympics next February in...

Azerbaijan Looking For Weapons In South Korea?

Azerbaijan has reportedly expressed an interest in buying $3 billion worth of...

Russia Bests Kazakhstan, Armenia In CSTO Tank Biathlon

In a uniquely Russian bid to boost post-Soviet solidarity, the Moscow-led Collective...

Central Asia Getting Dragged into Russian-Ukrainian ‘Trade War’

Central Asian states are becoming entangled in a trade spat involving Russia...

As Armenia Walks Tightrope Between Russia And EU, Public Opinion May Be Shifting

For nearly a week now, several dozen youth activists have held a...

Karabakh Armed Forces Claim Huge Weapons Acquisitions

Nagorno Karabakh's armed forces have been substantially strengthened by large deliveries of...

Can a Woman’s Robe Undermine Armenia’s Strategic Partnership with Russia?

At first glance, the connection between a fatal July 13 traffic accident...

Azerbaijan Blames Greece And Cyprus For Selling French/German Missiles To Armenia

Azerbaijan has investigated reports of sales of French/German anti-tank missiles to Armenia,...

Azerbaijan Objects to Armenian Acquisition of European Missiles

Azerbaijan is complaining about reports that Armenia has required French/German anti-tank missiles...

Russia Announces Upgrades To CSTO Military Presence In Armenia

Russia has promised to upgrade its military base in Armenia, while also...

Ivanishvili Goes To Israel Hoping To Mend Ties

When Georgia's prime minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, led a delegation to Israel this...

Russian Arms Sales To Azerbaijan On Again?

Russia has completed a big arms delivery worth about $1 billion to...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Clan Set to Grow

Kazakhstan’s ruling family is preparing for a merger, as a grandson of...

UN Implicates Azerbaijan, Kazakhstani In North Korea Arms Embargo Violations

A United Nations report has implicated Azerbaijan and a Kazakhstan airline executive...

Afghanistan Helicopter Deal Source Of Political Sniping In Washington, Moscow

An efforts by U.S. lawmakers try to block the Pentagon from doing...

Turkmenistan Domestic Developments

Turkmenistan’s Minister of Road Transport Dismissed...

Turkey: For Ankara, Will Drones Be a Military Blessing or Curse?

Are armed drones the answer to Turkey's continuing fight against the militants...

Proposed Military Sale To Azerbaijan Raises Controversy In Washington

The U.S. State Department is considering allowing a sale of surveillance equipment...

Is Azerbaijan's New Air Defense Protecting Against Iran Or Armenia?

When news broke a couple of years ago that Russia was selling...

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Burger Barons Channel Ray Kroc’s Spirit

This is a tale of a hippo emulating a behemoth. The outcome...

Turkey: Regional Events Pose Stress Test for Deepening Ties with Moscow

From being Cold War adversaries, Turkey and Russia have taken significant steps...

Azerbaijan Makes Massive Israeli Weapons Purchase -- But Not Because of Iran

Azerbaijan has agreed to buy $1.6 billion in weapons from Israel, a...

Obama and Saakashvili Signal No Movement On Weapons To Georgia

Presidents Obama and Saakashvili has their much-anticipated Oval Office meeting Monday afternoon,...

Kazakhstan's New Chinese Vehicle: Bus Or "Desert Tank"?

Last May, Kazakhstan bought 20 off-road buses from a Chinese company, a...