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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...

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

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

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

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

Georgia: Gamsakhurdia Biopic Sidesteps Post-Soviet Politics

Deserted by friends, pursued by his enemies, with reality escaping his grip,...

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

The United States planned a large increase in special forces training programs...

Taking the Temperature of Turkmenistan’s Economic Meltdown

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

Tajikistan: President’s Son Intervenes to Save Messaging Apps

Users of messaging apps in Tajikistan have had a rollercoaster start to...

Tajikistan Limits Access on Popular Messaging App

Users in Tajikistan of the popular messaging app Viber have reported they...

Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

Azerbaijan’s government is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing...

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

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

The Belt and Road through Eurasia: Who Wins and How?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative will have its winners and...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

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

Post-Soviet Governments Weaponize Transparency: Report

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

Episode 4: Examining Trump's Batumi Deal

In 2011, Donald Trump and Georgia’s then president, Mikheil Saakashvili, signed an...

Uzbekistan: Starting to Grapple with Labor Migration Issue

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

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

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

Georgia’s Baby Boom and the Union of Church and Birthrate

To mark St. George's Day this week, the head of Georgia’s Orthodox...

Tajikistan Partially Bans Combat Sports

Authorities in Tajikistan have imposed a de facto ban on multiple types...

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

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

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

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

Azerbaijan's Switch on Turan: PR or Pressure?

Azerbaijan has dropped charges of tax evasion and abuse of power against...

Uzbekistan: Without Forced Labor, Who’ll Pick the Cotton?

Uzbekistan’s government has traditionally characterized cotton-picking as hashar, a term for voluntary...

Kyrgyzstan: Government Plans Suit Over Election Investigation

A state agency in Kyrgyzstan says it plans to sue a news...

Kyrgyzstan: Report Shows Presidential Candidate Gained Access to Private Data

An in-depth investigation by news website Kloop.kg has revealed evidence of collusion...

Trade Possibilities Spurring Rapprochement Between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

As visitors arrived at the UzExpoCenter exhibition hall in Tashkent last week,...

Uzbekistan Releases Another Activist, But Is Optimism Misplaced?

Authorities in Uzbekistan have released a third jailed human rights activist in...

Women in South Caucasus Continue to be Underrepresented in Government: Report

The countries of the South Caucasus have far fewer women in positions...

Turkmenistan: Economy, Finance Ministries Merged to Save Money

Turkmenistan has merged two key ministries in the latest of a series...

South Korea Looking for Ways to Boost Central Asian Trade

South Korean officials have established an agency to deepen the country’s trade...

The Kremlin’s Internet Master Bears Down

A previously obscure Russian oversight body has been turned into the government’s...

Armenia Debates Leaving the Eurasian Union

A pro-Western group in Armenia's parliament has submitted a proposal for the...

Azerbaijan Threatens to Cut Off Military Cooperation With US and NATO

Azerbaijan has threatened to cut off its military cooperation with the West...

Report: $7 Million Payment Tied to Hungary's Extradition of Azerbaijani Axe-Murderer

A new report has uncovered a $7 million payment from Azerbaijan into...

Armenia: The Highway Leads to Karabakh, But the Money Comes from California

On September 1, Armenian President Serzh Sargysyan and Karabakh leader Bako Sahakyan...

Tajikistan: Counting the Cost of a Banking Meltdown

Before hanging himself at the beginning of August, 50-year-old Dushanbe resident Hairiddin...

Kazakhstan: Banking System Undermined by Expensive Credit

Kazakhstan’s banking sector is having trouble finding that light at the end...

Kyrgyzstan: Biometric IDs Fuel Debate About Ethnicity

Kyrgyzstan’s government is distributing biometric ID cards with embedded microchips to its...

Georgia: Statistical Hiccup Prompts World Bank Downgrade

Georgia’s economy appeared to take a step backward earlier this summer when...

The Aral Sea from 35,000 Feet: Not a Pretty Picture

The disappearance of the Aral Sea ranks as one of the worst...

Azerbaijan: Banking Crisis Gives Rise to Loan Sharks

Namig Ibrahimov is a young entrepreneur, building an online shopping platform that...

Uzbekistan: Unusually Frank Poll Highlights Unhappiness

Uzbekistan’s government-loyal polling company Izhtimoy Fikr has long been a channel for...

Kazakhstan: Almaty’s Motorists Feeling a Parking Pinch

When residents of an apartment block in a leafy area of Almaty,...

Kazakhstan Set to Drift Away from OPEC Deal

Kazakhstan is, as expected, bracing to drift away from its role in...

Tajikistan: Opposition Beds Down and Plots in Polish Exile

The smell of plov and freshly prepared kulcha bread wafts improbably throughout...

Uzbekistan: 22-Year Old Named Deputy Education Minister

Uzbekistan’s nomenklatura has long had a musty Soviet whiff about it, so...

Crimea: Circumventing Trade Sanctions via Novorossiysk

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

Tajikistan Dreams of Regional Electricity Grid Rebirth

Brutal winter weather in the late 2000s delivered a knockout blow to...

Tajikistan: Rise and Fall of a Telecoms Wunderkind

A young and former high-ranking state official in Tajikistan’s communications sector has...

Georgia: Disapproval Rising for NATO Membership

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

Kazakhstan: Oil Output to Go Up Despite OPEC Pledges

Kazakhstan’s energy officials are continuing to officially confirm to the public what...

Uzbekistan: Prices for Staple Goods Rising Sharply

Prices for some staple food items in Uzbekistan have increased sharply this...

Debt-Troubled Azerbaijan Spending Big on Islamic Games, Formula 1 and Mariah Carey

Just as its largest, government-owned bank defaults on its liabilities, Azerbaijan is...

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

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

EITI Suspension of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Tests Its Global Leverage

With the suspension of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, along with Azerbaijan’s withdrawal, the...

Azerbaijan: Flower Power Struggles to Revive

For over a decade, Azerbaijan celebrated the birthday of former president Heydar...

Uzbekistan to Embark on Hydropower Station Building Drive

Uzbekistan, a long-time opponent to neighboring nations building hydropower plants, has declared...

Kyrgyzstan: Trapped Between a Landslide and Poverty

From a vantage point upon a hill, the recovery workers in the...

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan's Leaders Meet, Border Crossings Reopened

Uzbekistan’s president sent a signal in March when he decided to make...

How Many Tetri Are in a Lari? The Importance of Municipal Statistics for Good Governance

The government of Georgia has committed itself to collecting and publishing policy-relevant...

Georgia: Authorities Use Blockchain Technology for Developing Land Registry

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

Will There Be a Georgian Invasion of Europe?

Easter brings to Tbilisi the blessing of fewer people and less traffic,...

Turkmenistan: Might and Happiness, But Few Eggs

Turkmenistan has not in recent memory experienced much trouble providing its population...

Turkmenistan Not Playing With Its Showcase Sports Event

Late one evening in early April, the president of Turkmenistan emerged, dressed...

EurasiaNet Garners Nomination for an “Oscar of the Internet”

Journalist Andrew North’s dedication to “slow story-telling” has helped EurasiaNet.org garner a...

Navigating Offshore: Analyzing International Finance Post-Panama

When a businessman with international holdings and properties rose to the highest...

Kazakhstan’s Space Industry Gets Jitters After Satellite Glitch

On March 31, at 08:22 local time, Kazakhstan lost contact with its...

U.S. Boosts Special Forces Training in Central Asia

The United States has stepped up its trainings of elite military units...

Turkmenistan: With Money in Short Supply, Cash-Free Seen as Answer

Turkmenistan has a plan to fix its ever-troubled domestic currency, the manat...

Tajikistan and Islamic State: Threat or Bogeyman?

Perhaps the greatest existential threat facing Tajikistan is posed by the Islamic...

Crimea Struggles to Attract Private Investment

Crimea is proving toxic for private investors. On paper, capital expenditure has...

Why Georgian Women Need Rights Instead of Flowers

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th. In Georgia, many women...

After Abandoning Chinese Missiles, Turkey Says It's Ready to Buy Russian

Senior Turkish officials say that Russia is now the leading contender in...

Drowning in Data – EITI in Kazakhstan Must Mean More

Kazakhstan is an implementing country in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and...

Report: Turkmenistan is Turkey's Biggest Weapons Buyer

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

Russian Cyber Operations: 2017 and Beyond

As Russia's alleged cyber-intrusions into U.S....

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained...

Georgia: Protecting an Ancient Alphabet in a Digital Age

Dato Dolidze’s fingers move slowly on the old handset as he writes...

Turkmenistan: Election Spectacle Hides Disturbing Economic Decline

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov – Turkmenistan’s car-racing, horse-riding, operation-performing, book-publishing and singing-songwriting president –...

Tajikistan: Toyota Blamed for Official’s Son Killing Two People

An official investigation into how the 23-year old son of Tajikistan’s deputy...

Tajikistan: Feeling the Eurasian Union’s Gravitational Pull

In a story from the weird news section this past week, Tajik...

Kazakhstan: Unregistered Phones to Be Blocked in Anti-Terrorism Ruse

Under a newly approved law, authorities in Kazakhstan will from this summer...

Russia: Migration Helping to 'Russify' Crimea

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

Tajikistan: Asylum Seekers Stranded in Limbo on Polish Border

On the 8.28 a.m. train to Terespol, a Polish town at the...

Uzbekistan: Female Day Laborers Open Window on Unemployment Problem

Early every day, groups of women dressed in vividly colored overcoats muster...

Team Trump on Russia: Words and Actions

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

Georgia: Data Glitch Distorts Abortion Picture

Sex-selective abortion in Georgia is a topic that has caught international attention....

Azerbaijan: Deepening Economic Crisis Stimulating Brain Drain

Even when Hasan Suleymanov had a steady job, he could barely get...

Uzbekistan: Officials Strive to Ease Hassles for Tourists

After seeing much of Europe and countless beaches in Southeast Asia, Dmitry...

When a Georgian Town Thinks It’s a Metropolis

Meet Akhmeta, a small and gritty Georgian town which thinks it has...

Kyrgyzstan: Referendum Sails Through with Push From Students

Voters in Kyrgyzstan backed amendments to the constitution that will see the...

Kyrgyzstan: Anatomy of an Unconvincing Scandal

A writer named Kate Cohen, posting on a little-known website, recently uncovered...

Eurasia and the Appeal of Illiberalism

Brexit, a Trump presidency and populist and pro-Russian leaders coming to power...

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan Inaugurate Railway Link

A railroad linking Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, part of a regional project called...

Turkmenistan: Shortages in the Era of Might and Happiness

Turkmenistan celebrated the 25th anniversary of independence recently with a mass show...

Kazakhstan Introducing Compulsory Fingerprinting Program

Kazakhstan’s Interior Ministry has said it plans to create a national fingerprint...

Uzbekistan: Cotton Plans Not Fulfilled, Workers Still in Fields

Under the government-mandated target in Uzbekistan, harvesters should this year gather around...

Hackers Release More E-Mails They Say Tie Putin Aide to Ukraine Crisis

KYIV -- Ukrainian hackers claim to have broken into a second e-mail...

Kazakhstan: Movies Going Kazakh, But Distributors and Audiences Resist

When Kazakh speakers went to the movies last year to catch up...