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The Royal Role Model: Historical Revisionism in Russia

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

Scottish Memorial Sparks War of Words Between Abkhazia and Georgia

Most of the streets of Sukhumi, capital of the Georgian-claimed secessionist region...

Bolshevik Squabbles Still Shape the Caucasus

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

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

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

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

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

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

The Azerbaijani government has forced the local chapter of the global corruption...

Catalan Cause Finds Support in Abkhazia

Abkhazia is more than 2,400 miles from Barcelona, but last weekend’s Catalan...

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

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

Russia to Build New Home Base for Caspian Flotilla

Russia is planning to create a new home base for its Caspian...

Abkhazia: Is Chinese Investment a Panacea or a Pipe Dream?

Spend enough time at Brehalovka, an iconic coffee house and hotbed of...

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

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

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...

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...

Time to Reset US Policy in the South Caucasus

Geopolitical conditions in the South Caucasus have experienced a substantial shift in...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

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

Georgia-Turkey-Azerbaijan Cooperation: Pragmatism Proves Durable Formula

Regional cooperation endeavors often have a short shelf life in the post-Soviet...

Georgia: Reluctant Host for Azerbaijani Dissidents?

For years, Georgia has been a safe harbor for dissidents seeking to...

Turkey: In Winning Referendum, Erdoğan Loses Cities

Before he immersed himself in politics, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was...

Turkey-Armenia Ties Growing, Even As Historical Dispute Thwarts Reconciliation

A hundred or so mourners gathered on April 24 beneath heavy clouds...

Georgia: Authorities Use Blockchain Technology for Developing Land Registry

In a bid to bolster property rights, Georgia is pioneering a new...

China’s Strategy in the Caucasus

When leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia took part in a session titled...

U.S. and Romania Practice Storming Black Sea Shores

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

Georgia’s Parking-Ticket Revolution

Parking tickets may be hated universally, but car owners in the Georgian...

Georgians Wary of Turkey’s Rising Influence in Batumi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech last October in Rize,...

Georgia Offers NATO to Build a Black Sea Base at Poti

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

Uzbekistan: Leader Pays Bridge-Building Visit to Turkmenistan

The president of Uzbekistan’s maiden foreign trip, to Turkmenistan, may prove a...

Georgians Get Visa-Free Travel to EU, but to Russia? Not So Fast

After getting the green light for long-awaited visa-free travel to the European...

NATO Promises Increase in Tempo of Air, Naval Patrols on Black Sea

NATO countries have agreed to increase the alliance's activities around the Black...

Georgia: PM Stokes Debate About Discrimination and the Sex Industry

In the heart of Tbilisi, not far from luxury hotels and high-end...

U.S. Says Russia Buzzed its Warship in Black Sea

Russian planes buzzed a United States warship in the Black Sea as...

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...

Russia: Migration Helping to 'Russify' Crimea

A sudden and sizable demographic shift, driven mainly by migration, is helping...

Trump’s Ukrainian Blunder: Geopolitical Deja Vu

US President Donald Trump is poised to make one of the gravest...

At the Movies: Azerbaijan’s ‘Ali and Nino’ Depicts Sugar-Sweet Caucasus

A screen adaptation of the South Caucasus’ famous love story, Ali and Nino, promoted...

With Donald Trump's Election, Georgia Dusts Off Plans for a Trump Tower

A real-estate development company in the South Caucasus state of Georgia, a...

Saakashvili Steps Down as Odessa Governor – What Now?

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has stepped down from his post as...

NATO Agrees to Expand Naval, Air Patrols in Black Sea

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

I'm Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov And I'm Asking For Your Vote

Authorities in Turkmenistan have announced that the country will conduct a presidential...

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

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

Georgia’s Election Becomes Tom-and-Jerry Show

As Georgia prepares to dive into another stormy parliamentary vote, two men...

Georgia: Pope Visits Tbilisi

Pope Francis arrived in Georgia on September 30, aiming to extend his...

Does Turkey Want Georgia to Close Casinos?

Betting on tourism as an important lifeline, Georgia has become a place...

Russia Claims "Mastery" Over Turkey in Black Sea

Russia's top military officer has said that the country's Black Sea fleet...

Russia & Turkey: Trying to Revive Economic Cooperation

The renowned economist John Kenneth Galbraith once said that “politics is the...

Georgia’s Election Features Dueling Duet between Billionaire and Opera Singer

A Georgian opera singer did not invite a Georgian billionaire to his...

Ukraine: Tech Sector Looks to Move Beyond Outsourcing

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

Turkey: Effort to Force Closure of Gülen Schools Falling Flat in Eurasia

As part of a wide-ranging clampdown in the aftermath of the failed...

U.S., Bulgaria to Start Joint NATO Air Patrols

The United States and Bulgaria will conduct joint air patrols for the...

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...

Moldova: No Support for NATO Involvement in Transnistria Dispute

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

Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Turbocharged by Istanbul Coup Attempt

The recent failed military coup in Istanbul is pushing the Turkish government...

Bulgaria Accuses Russia of Airspace "Provocation"

Bulgaria has joined the long list of Russia's neighbors who have accused...

With New Deployment, Russia Aims at Air Dominance over Black Sea

Russia has announced the deployment of more advanced air defense systems to...

Eyes on Russia amidst Turkey Coup Attempt

Russian politicians and state media sounded sharp alarm about the July 15...

NATO Demurs on Creation of Black Sea Naval Force

NATO put off a decision on creating an alliance Black Sea naval...

Georgia Gets Little to Take Home from NATO Summit

Georgia and NATO announced their new program for cooperation at the alliance's...

Georgia: Nuclear Smuggling Cases Raise Concern

Amid heightened concern about Islamic militant activity in Turkey, questions are being...

Armenia, Georgia Considered South Ossetia as Trade Route to Russia

“Mimino” truck driver Rubik Khachikian, no doubt, would be proud: Armenian truck...

Turkey's Trial Balloon To Russia Sinks

Turkey's foreign minister floated a proposal to let Russia use a key...

Will China Bring Nuclear Power to Moldova?

China appears willing to help Moldova become a nuclear power. But for...

Turkey: Using NATO to Gain Reconciliation with Russia?

After talking a blue streak about using the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...

Bulgaria Throws Wrench In Works Of NATO Black Sea Plans

Bulgaria's prime minister has said the country will not participate in a...

The Unraveling of Moscow's 'Novorossia' Dream

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

Georgia’s Tbilisi Dinamo: Under Stalin, a Soccer Team for the Secret Police

For Soviet Georgia, Tbilisi Dinamo was not just a soccer club. It...

Turkey, Russia: Ties Worsen Over Downed Turkish Helicopter

Kurdish rebels’ “game-changing” downing of a Turkish attack helicopter with a Russian-made...

Azerbaijan Has Advantage Over Armenia In U.S. Military Aid

Azerbaijan has gotten $20 million in military aid from the U.S. Department...

Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Alliance Progressing, Slowly

Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey have reiterated their intention to expand military cooperation,...

Erdogan, In Plea To NATO, Says Black Sea Has Become "Russian Lake"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a greater NATO presence...

U.S. Ships Tanks To Georgia For Military Drills

The United States is for the first time shipping its tanks across...

Georgia Busts Second Case of Uranium Peddling This Month

Georgian police on April 28 announced the arrest of five unidentified men...

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

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

Russia's Black Sea Neighbors Boosting Naval Cooperation

Turkey's naval ships have made simultaneous port calls to all the Black...

Armenia’s Monkey Business

Sixty-one Armenia-bound monkeys were seized in Tanzania last week in the latest manifestation...

From Crimea to Abkhazia: Separatist Cruises

Separatist Abkhazia wants to have a boat link to no less separatist...

Georgia’s DIY Oil Pipeline: The Art of Concealing Crude under Cabbage

While Georgia’s been caught up recently in a major pipeline competition, with...

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

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

Georgia: The Unhappiest Country in the Ex-USSR?

Georgia is one sad post-Soviet place, according to the World Happiness Report, which...

Turkey Steps Up Protection Of Russian -- Yes, Russian -- Warships

Russian warships passing through the Bosphorus are getting stronger protection from the...

Georgia: ISIS Commander Omar al-Shishani's Father Questions if Son Dead

The elderly father of the Georgia-born, ISIS senior commander known as Omar...

Poroshenko Orders Ukrainian Military Focus On Crimea, Black Sea

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

Georgia: China Experiences Black Sea Setback

For China, the New Year got off to an inauspicious start in...

Russia, NATO, Both Start Exercises On Black Sea

Russia is conducting snap exercises around the Black Sea and southern Russia...

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

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

Armenia: Looking to Receive an Economic Boost from Iran

Economic hopes are rising in Armenia that the country can serve as...

Turkey Hunts for Alternatives to Russian Energy

With Russian-Turkish relations bottoming out after Turkey’s downing of a Russian military...

Romania Pushing For Permanent NATO Presence In Black Sea

Romania is pressing NATO to create a regular Black Sea flotilla in...

Georgia: Can Civil Society Flourish Without Secure Property Rights?

After coming to power in 2012, the leaders of the Georgian Dream...

The Russia-Turkey Spat: The Big Picture

The past, in particular a shared desire to right perceived historical wrongs,...

Two Naval Run-Ins Further Inflame Turkish-Russian Tensions

Russian warships and Turkish commercial vessels have had run-ins on consecutive days,...

Turkey: Could Ankara Go for Russia’s Jugular?

The dogged feud between Turkey and Russia is threatening to resurrect an...

Russia’s ISIS Claims Do Little to Dent Turkey

Propaganda about ISIS oil has become Moscow’s tactical weapon of choice in...