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Azerbaijan appoints new prime minister from old elite

Azerbaijan’s parliament has unanimously approved the appointment of Novruz Mammadov, a longtime...

Armenian opposition leader arrested, but protesters rally

The Armenian authorities cracked down aggressively April 22 on anti-government protests that...

Armenia’s anti-Sargsyan protesters promise they're in it for the long haul

Opposition protesters in Yerevan may not have achieved their initial aim of...

Kyrgyzstan's president waives libel fee as he shows a softer side

The president of Kyrgyzstan has earned some brownie points with the activist...

Armenia's Sargsyan appointed PM as protestors declare "velvet revolution"

Armenia’s National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to install Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister...

Kyrgyzstan: Rival camps play appointments ping-pong as government teeters

Kyrgyzstan’s not so behind-the-scenes power struggle is fast descending into farce. Six...

Thousands of protesters shut down Armenia’s capital, dozens injured in clashes

Protests in Armenia continued for a fourth straight day on April 16,...

Thousands gather in Yerevan, demanding Sargsyan step down

Armenians took to the streets on the evening of April 13 to...

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan's unremarkable election

Azerbaijan's presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev...

Turkey's authoritarian turn deprives Tajiks of safe haven

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

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutor next for chop as ex-leader’s allies are removed

The high-ranking holdover allies of Kyrgyzstan’s former president are tumbling like bowling...

For many Azerbaijani voters, the only choice is to laugh

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

As Armenia effects its political transition, all eyes on Sargsyan

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stepped down on April 9 and handed his...

Kyrgyzstan: Signs of rift grow as president fires security services chief

If the former president of Kyrgyzstan was not worrying already, he should...

The Central Asianist Podcast: Of politics and patronage in Kyrgyzstan

In episode 25, Nate Schenkkan talks with Aksana Ismailbekova about her book...

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian village becomes showcase of postwar reconstruction

Two years ago, Azerbaijani troops entered the village of Talish, less than...

Kyrgyzstan: Atambayev returns, opening up front against president

It was like he had never left. Kyrgyzstan’s former president, Almazbek Atambayev,...

Kyrgyzstan: Former presidential candidate accused of coup-plotting

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have opened a second criminal investigation against former...

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

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

Azerbaijan Books US Pop Star Christina Aguilera

Azerbaijan’s controversial Formula 1 Grand Prix, scheduled to be held this April,...

Georgia’s Traveling Trees

It was a surreal tableau – an enormous tree floating across the...

Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

Masha Udensiva-Brenner tells the story of New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson’s...

Armenian President Drops Hint He Intends to Extend Rule

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan hinted that he aims to extend his decade-long...

In Armenia, Azerbaijani Leader's Ancestral Village Lies Abandoned

High in Armenia’s mountains, near Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan exclave, sits Tanahat, an abandoned...

Perspectives | Scapegoating Becomes a Pre-Election Ritual in Russia

There were two certainties during the buildup to Russia’s presidential vote on...

Perspectives | After Russia's Election, Expect Economy to Putter On as Before

In the two months between Vladimir Putin’s virtually assured victory on March...

Perspectives | Poll Highlights Paradox on Economic Attitudes in Russia

As Russia prepares to hold a presidential election, polling data indicates that an...

Think Tank Warns of Possible Unrest In Tajikistan's Pamir Region

An International Crisis Group briefing on Tajikistan is sounding the alarm on...

Perspectives | Putin's Reelection Won't Fix Poverty and Pensions

Russians are growing frustrated with poor healthcare, underfunded schools, and increasing poverty,...

Perspectives | The End of the Power Vertical? Corruption and Stagnation in Putin's Fourth Term

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly promised to tackle corruption. But in...

The World's First Democratically Elected Muslim Woman Was from Georgia

The village of Karajala is fairly typical of the dozens of settlements...

Perspectives | What Another Six Years of Putin Spells for Russia’s Economy

Most Russians would be forgiven for skipping this month’s presidential election. With...

Kazakhstan Grants U.S. Access to Ports for Afghan-Bound Goods

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan have approved an agreement allowing the United States to...

Kyrgyzstan: High-Level Resignation Points to Trouble at the Top

The defection of a high-ranking figure from within Kyrgyzstan’s presidential administration has...

Armenia Prepares to Empower Prime Minister, Downgrade President

Powerbrokers in Armenia are set to elect a new president, completing the...

Azerbaijani Government Taps Social Media to Woo Youth

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

Azerbaijani Claims on Armenia Spark International Backlash

Statements by Azerbaijan’s president calling for a “return to historical lands” in...

Kyrgyzstan: Arrested MP Found to Have Kazakh Citizenship

The scandal involving a Kyrgyz lawmaker arrested in Kazakhstan last week on...

Kazakhstan: Kyrgyz Lawmaker Held After Smuggling Sweep

A member of parliament from Kyrgyzstan has been detained by law enforcement...

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...

Armenia's Next President Faces Eligibility Challenge

Investigations by Armenian opposition media have suggested that the ruling party's candidate...

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...

Kyrgyzstan: Alleged Coup Plotters on Hunger Strike

Opposition politicians in Kyrgyzstan serving prison sentences on charges of coup-plotting have...

Azerbaijan Calls Snap Presidential Elections

Azerbaijan has unexpectedly announced that it is moving up presidential elections, previously...

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

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

Armenia Recognizes IS Massacres of Yezidis as Genocide

Armenia’s parliament has passed a resolution recognising the Islamic State’s massacres of...

Presidential Selection: Armen Sargsyan’s Second Coming to Armenia

On January 19, Armenia’s outgoing president Serzh Sargsyan presented his ambassador to...

Azerbaijan Keeps Aiming High with World Expo Bid

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

Georgia: Gamsakhurdia Biopic Sidesteps Post-Soviet Politics

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

The Royal Role Model: Historical Revisionism in Russia

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

Karabakh: More (Relative) Calm Ahead in 2018?

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

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Politician's Top Ally Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence

A court in Kyrgyzstan has sentenced a member of parliament and a...

Kyrgyzstan: Top Official Quits Over Bomb Scare

A high-ranking official in Kyrgyzstan announced his resignation on December 21 after...

Case Continues Against South Ossetian Journalist Accused of “Slandering” Ruling Party

A criminal case against one of South Ossetia's leading civic activists and...

Kyrgyzstan Takes Authoritarian Turn With Renewed Assault on Media

Officers with Kyrgyzstan’s anticorruption agency moved to shut down an opposition-owned television...

Uzbek Leader Dreams of Border-Free Region as Kyrgyzstan’s President Visits

It was all smiles and laughter during this week’s visit to Uzbekistan...

Kyrgyzstan Orders Deportation of AFP Central Asia Correspondent

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have ordered the deportation of the Central Asia correspondent...

Episode 4: Examining Trump's Batumi Deal

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

Compromise Agreement Resolves Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Gridlock

The gridlock on Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan’s border has reportedly been loosened following...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Leaders Meet, Raising Hopes of Rapprochement

The leaders of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan met during a regional security summit...

European Court Rules in Favor of Georgia’s Former Prime Minister

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has...

Georgia: A Church Divided against Itself

The Georgian Orthodox Church is having an eventful year: priests have been...

Kazakhstan: State TV Doc on Kyrgyzstan’s 2010 Revolt Ruffles More Feathers

A state broadcaster in Kazakhstan has tweaked Kyrgyzstan with a documentary depicting...

Armenia: War Hero Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

On November 28, a court in Yerevan sentenced Karabakh war hero Samvel...

Tajikistan: God’s Chosen President Gets Play Treatment

A playwright in Tajikistan has written a semi-mystical and highly complimentary play...

Kyrgyzstan: New President Takes Office in Historic Handover

Kyrgyzstan has a new president. And this time it is not because...

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

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

Kyrgyzstan: Outgoing President Pledges to Continue Playing Role in Politics

Kyrgyzstan’s president has in his final press conference before leaving office dangled...

Karabakh: What to Make of the Fresh Diplomatic Round?

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

Kyrgyzstan: Losing Presidential Candidate Ditches Party Leadership

The main losing candidate in the recent presidential election in Kyrgyzstan has...

Azerbaijan: An Activist Defies NGO Stereotypes

Shahin Javadov comes from a long line of rabble rousers....

The Bolsheviks and the Law: The Legacy of Arbitrary Justice

Analyzing the law through the prism of a revolution is inherently paradoxical....

Kyrgyzstan: Criminal Case Opened Against Losing Presidential Candidate

Prosecutors in Kyrgyzstan have opened a criminal case against the runner-up in...

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Bicker Over Contraband

When Sarsenbay Koishybayev, a retiree in Almaty, Kazakhstan, went to his local...

Georgia: Athletes, Politicians Back Soccer Player’s Support for LGBT Rights

Georgian soccer player Guram Kashia faces an outcry at home over his...

Bolshevik Squabbles Still Shape the Caucasus

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

The Russian Orthodox Church and the Impact of Bolshevism

It is common knowledge that the advent of Bolshevism in 1917 was...

Kyrgyzstan: Government Plans Suit Over Election Investigation

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

Uzbekistan & Turkey: Is It Love?

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

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Losers’ Grip on Parliamentary Power Base Falters

Now that Kyrgyzstan’s ruling party candidate Sooronbai Jeenbekov has his presidential election...

Central Asia and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Look at the Balance Sheet at the Centennial

Although it happened thousands of miles away, and did not reflect any...

Kyrgyzstan: Report Shows Presidential Candidate Gained Access to Private Data

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

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Impasse Remains Despite Talks

Kazakhstan has signaled its determination to stick to its guns in its...

Russia: Remembering a Soviet Ideal, Purged of Revolutionary Ideas

Russia’s political elite fears the idea of an uprising, making it complicated...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan Rejecting Kazakhstan’s $100 Million Aid Package

In the latest fit of pique in a seemingly unending diplomatic row,...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

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

Conspiracy Theorists in the Kremlin

Publication of the Panama Papers in April 2016 acted as the trigger...

Kyrgyzstan and the Mummy’s Curse

Cultural officials in Kyrgyzstan have caused a stink by allowing the mummified...

Kyrgyzstan Eats Some Crow, But Kazakhstan Still Annoyed

The outgoing president of Kyrgyzstan is sorry — but not sorry —...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Election Produces First-Round Winner

Kyrgyzstan has chosen a new president, but it remains to be seen...

Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Party's Presidential Candidate Bags Shock First-Round Victory

Vote officials in Kyrgyzstan have released preliminary results showing Sooronbai Jeenbekov as...

Kyrgyzstan: Nail-Biter Vote Generates Bitterness to the Very End

Rivals in Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election traded accusations of wrongdoing even as polling...

Kyrgyzstan: Dirty Election, Vibrant Electorate

While the sharp escalation of dirty tricks has soured the mood ahead...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan War of Words Gets Serious

A battle of words between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is now seemingly taking...

Azerbaijani Navy Visits Iran for First Time Amid Warming Ties

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

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

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

Turkmenistan Downgrades Parliament in Favor of People’s Council

The president of Turkmenistan has approved changes to the constitution downgrading the...