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Perspectives | Poll Highlights Paradox on Economic Attitudes in Russia

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

Azerbaijan's Switch on Turan: PR or Pressure?

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

Armenia: Diaspora Conference Promotes Concept of New “Global Armenian Identity”

An all-day conference in Los Angeles, to be held September 23, will...

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

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

Georgia: Authorities Use Blockchain Technology for Developing Land Registry

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

Uzbekistan Dreams of Its Own Silicon Valley

Officials in Uzbekistan are reportedly looking into ways of developing a domestic...

In TV Interview, Few Cracks in Facade of Russia-Azerbaijan Ties

During a largely friendly interview with Russian state media, Azerbaijan President Ilham...

Ukraine: Tech Sector Looks to Move Beyond Outsourcing

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

Kazakhstan: Making a Tentative Foray Into Digital Money

With confidence in Kazakhstan’s national currency at an all-time low, some see...

Kyrgyzstan: Startup Bringing Fast Internet Connections to Rural Areas

Where big communications companies have fallen short in spreading the reach of...

Central Asian Visions of IT Boom Look Distant

Social media websites and messenger services have fast become a ubiquitous fixture...

Russia: Striving to Stay Economically Competitive

As Russia’s economic downturn continues, some experts and politicians are sounding an...

Azerbaijan: Can Baku Broker Peace Between Turkey and Russia?

Azerbaijan wants to wriggle out of a diplomatic dilemma by trying to...

Georgia’s $40M Hi-Tech Project: A Mirage or Job Creator?

The Georgian government and World Bank are hoping a $40-million technology-development project...

Georgia: Tbilisi Tries to Prevent “Jihad Travel”

Legislators in Georgia are amending laws designed to hinder Georgian citizens from...

Washington Rolls Out New Central Asia Policy, With Focus On Counterterrorism

The United States State Department has laid out a new policy vision...

Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan See Boosts In U.S. Aid

Georgia would see a big boost in its U.S. military and economic...

Robotics Classes Seen as Future Boost for Armenian IT Industry

It is late afternoon and the cozy school of Aygek looks as...

Bitcoin Fan Hopes to Help Kyrgyzstan’s Migrant Workers

In the corner of a small pizzeria in central Bishkek, an experiment...

Armenia: IT Boom Bolsters Economic Prospects

After almost two decades of rapid expansion, Armenia’s information-technology industry is becoming...

Georgia: A Website that Makes the Case for Georgian Wine

This blog has previously written about the great work being done by...

Death of Doner Kebab "Inventor" Stirs Debate

Fast food entrepreneur Kadir Nurman recently died in Germany, leaving this world...

Turkmenistan Economic News

Turkmenistan's real GDP growth exceeded 9 percent in first half of 2013...

Turkmenistan: British Complaint Bores into Murky World of Spyware

Think Skype is a secure way to make a call? Think again....

Turkmenistan Economic News

Turkmenistan Unveils Plans for Oil and Gas Extraction Till 2016...

Turkmenistan International Relations

Turkmenistan’s Delegation Attends Regular Meeting of Heads of SCO Member States...

Turkmenistan International Relations

ADB: Turkmen Gas Comes Closer to South Asian Market...

Georgia: Can Property Rights Survive the Digital Age?

Technological innovation is normally associated with progress. But for potentially hundreds of...

Russian Election-Fraud Tactics -- Something Old, Something New

International monitors say the March 4 presidential election that swept Prime Minister...

Russia: Putinism and the Russian Economy

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s once-and-future president, has built his political reputation on a...

Azerbaijan: Evaluating Baku’s Attitude toward the Gulen Movement

Amid a struggle to determine religion’s role in Azerbaijan, a controversial movement...

Turkmenistan: Earthquake Goes Unannounced

The US Geological Survey recorded an earthquake near Balkanabat in Turkmenistan with...

Azerbaijan: Officials Still Searching for Hijab Protest Planners

Two weeks after a surprise pro-hijab protest by scores of Muslim believers...

Azerbaijan: US Military Ties with Baku Are Stagnating - Experts

Azerbaijan’s recent move to indefinitely postpone joint military exercises with the United...

U.S.-Azerbaijan Military Exercises Back On?

The news last week that Azerbaijan had unilaterally and without explanation put...

Azerbaijan: Iran Taking a Beating in Baku Press

As part of an effort to contain radical Islam, officials in Azerbaijan...

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

Turkish President Abdullah Gul met with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on November...

Tajiks Don't Need No Education

Tajik authorities are taking a more pro-active stance on education lately, although...

Baku Backs Away from "Anti-American" Public Stance

The cancellation of next month’s military exercises with the United States has...

Russia's new military doctrine, the Mistral, and Georgia

For those inclined to believe the worst about Russia's military intentions, there...

Afghanistan: Does Brazil Hold the Key to Afghan Stabilization?

The development of Afghanistan's agricultural sector has been overlooked by the international...

Twittering The Tyrants: New Media's Role In Authoritarian Regimes

New media websites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have opened a window...

Kazakhstan: Opposition Complains About Campaign, as Officials Press OSCE Chair Bid

With a parliamentary election campaign in full swing at home, Kazakhstan is...

The Armenian Scientific Sector Receives a Boost

With an eye toward attracting foreign investment, the Armenian government is trying...

Mongolia Searches for a Sustainable Growth Plan

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the once mighty Mongolian Empire....

Lack of Detail Raises Doubts About Armenian Anti-Poverty Agenda

President Robert Kocharian based his reelection campaign earlier this year on a...

Chechen Fighter's Death Reveals Conflicted Feelings in Azerbaijan

The Arab guerrilla Khattab, one of Chechnya's most powerful rebel commanders and...

Silencing Central Asia: The Voice of the Dissidents VI

6. OLEG KVAYTKOVSKYI Executive Director, Channel 31, Kazakhstan Dear Congressmen, Ladies and...

asiaNet Human Rights

Executive Director, Channel 31, Kazakhstan Dear Congressmen, Ladies and Gentlemen!...

asiaNet Eurasia Insight

Students in Turkmenistan depend on themselves to rise above coursework that focuses...

Reform and Contention in Central Asian Islam: A Historical Perspective

Much of the debate over Islam in post-Soviet Central Asia is cast...