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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...

Presidential Selection: Armen Sargsyan’s Second Coming to Armenia

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

Turkmenistan Bans Sex, Drugs and Violence on TV

Turkmenistan has adopted broadcasting legislation that in effect bans the depiction on...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Travels to US for Working Visit

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has begun a three-day trip to the United...

Azerbaijani Journalist Abducted in Georgia Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Azerbaijani investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who went missing in Tbilisi in May...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central...

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

Crimea is becoming a growing financial burden for the Russian government. Under...

Kazakhstan: US Bank Freezes $22Bln in National Fund Assets

A leading US bank has frozen $22 billion worth of assets belonging...

Georgia: Dam Threatens Traditional Svan Way of Life

On his land in the Svaneti mountains, Zaza Vibliani shows off his...

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

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

Caspian Pact Paves Way for Turkmen Gas Exports to Europe – Eventually

After close to 30 years of haggling over the legal status of...

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...

With Opening of Turkish Border, Georgia's Armenians Grow Uneasy

A few weeks ago, residents of the village of Dadash, on Georgia's...

Kazakhstan Looks to Azerbaijan for Gas Transit

Kazakhstan is exploring options with Azerbaijan on finding new export outlets for...

Tajikistan: Aluminum Giant Suffers Output Slump

Tajik Aluminum Company, by far Tajikistan’s largest industrial concern, has said it...

Kazakhstan: President Demands Return of Offshore Funds

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has threatened companies stashing money abroad with ominous...

Armenia Debates Shift Away From Nuclear Power

With its aged nuclear power plant scheduled to close in a decade,...

Eurasian Economic Union:  Many Problems, Few Solutions

The squabble between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan was relatively petty, but the cracks...

Abkhazia: Counting on a Cryptocurrency

Breakaway Abkhazia plans to launch its own cryptocurrency in a bid to...

China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

China is expected to be a major presence at the 28th meeting...

Uzbekistan Strikes Multibillion Dollar Deals in Korea, Seeks Mining Help

In his latest foray in the mission to reopen his nation to...

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

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

Afghanistan Betting on Transit Corridor to Europe via Caucasus

Eurasia has no shortage of ambitious, difficult-to-implement transit route projects in the...

Kazakhstan: Financial Illiteracy Hampering Economic Recovery

Kazakhstan’s National Bank will embark on research next year to find out...

Karabakh: What to Make of the Fresh Diplomatic Round?

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

Kazakhstan: Prosecutors Hunt Mystery Millionaire Offical

Kazakhstan is abuzz with this week’s supposed revelations about how a government...

Turkmenistan: Iran, Saudis Dangle Exits from Energy Cul-de-Sac

In these lean times, Turkmenistan has been seeking out potential clients and...

Armenians Rally Against American GMOs

The United States embassy in Yerevan has sparked controversy by promoting the...

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

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

Russian-Armenian Tycoon Expanding Influence in Armenia

Samvel Karapetyan, an Armenian-born billionaire who has built a business empire in...

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

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

Georgia Keeping Its Land Off-Limits for Foreigners

Every month Yuriy embarks on a 17-hour drive from Donetsk to Tbilisi,...

Tashkent City: Is ‘Progress’ Worth the Price Being Paid in Uzbekistan?

The silver skyscrapers of Tashkent City are intended to declare Uzbekistan’s capital...

Karabakh: Syrian Refugees Flee One War Zone for Another

About 20,000 Syrian refugees have settled in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh since the...

Azerbaijan: EBRD Gives Go Ahead for Azeri Pipeline Funding Despite “Laundromat” Allegations

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s board on October 18 approved...

Tajikistan: Small-Time Debtors Detained, Larger Delinquents Get Away

Police in Tajikistan announced in early October, via a run-of-the-mill press release,...

Armenia: With EU Deal, Romancing Both Brussels and Moscow

Moscow appears angling to reinforce Armenia’s shaken commitment to the Russia-centric economic...

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...

Evaluating the Risks Posed by Russia’s Nuclear Upgrade

In recently staged exercises, dubbed Zapad, Russian armed forces displayed a robust...

Uzbekistan: Tashkent Revamp Tests Official Pledge on Public Dialogue

Try surfing in landlocked Uzbekistan? Or maybe check out the dolphinarium in...

Uzbekistan: The Tashkent Spring Experiences a Frost

Speaking at the UN General Assembly in mid-September, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev...

Kyrgyzstan: Foreigners May Be Allowed to Buy Real Estate

Parliament in Kyrgyzstan this week began considering changes to the law that...

Uzbekistan: Cotton Slave Labor Out, Human Rights Ombudsman In?

Just as the annual cotton-picking season entered its most intense phase in...

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

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

Kyrgyzstan: Where Hydropower Dreams and Penny Stocks Meet

It is back to square one for Kyrgyzstan, as the Central Asian...

Azerbaijan and BP Cement Ties Through 2050

The government of Azerbaijan signed a new production sharing agreement (PSA) with the...

Uzbekistan: Turkish Business Returning, Cautiously

Turkish businessmen in Uzbekistan have repeatedly been stung over the years, but...

Belarus Balks at Prospect of Big Investments in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan’s investment climate is so poor that even companies in one of...

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

As Ukraine’s recent economic difficulties persist—the country registered a modest growth rate...

Uzbekistan Returns to Currency Convertibility, Delivers Blow to Black Market

The big bang has arrived for Uzbekistan’s financial system, with the government...

Coca-Cola’s Secret Ingredient in Tajikistan: Sycophancy

Coca-Cola’s representative office in Tajikistan has, as a marketing gimmick, begun to...

Diplomacy Flurry as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan's Leaders Meet

The coming weeks will see a flurry of regional diplomacy in Central...

Kyrgyzstan: New PM Seen as Powerbroker of the Future

The chief of staff in the administration of Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev...

Armenia: New Embassy Is Sign of Strengthening Chinese-Armenian Ties

China is building a new embassy in Yerevan that, once completed, will...

Kazakhstan: Research Reveals Chronic Shortfall in Housing Supply

Over the past three years, the volume of real estate construction in...

Georgia: Statistical Hiccup Prompts World Bank Downgrade

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

Uzbekistan Making It Easier to Travel In, And Out, of Country

Uzbekistan’s presidential program on the development of tourism through to 2019 has...

Tajikistan Accuses Iran of Assassination Campaign in Foreign Policy Gambit

Despite the close cultural connection that Tajikistan has with Iran, Dushanbe seems...

Azerbaijan: Banking Crisis Gives Rise to Loan Sharks

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

Uzbekistan: Evaluating the Chances for a Convertible Currency

Uzbek monetary authorities recently announced an intention to make the country’s national...

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Economic Model Comes Under Attack

Criticizing the policies of the late president of Uzbekistan is very much...

Central Asia’s Catechism of Cliché: From the Great Game to Silk Road

When people ponder the history of Central Asia, they tend to have...

Did Kyrgyzstan Get Sold a Hydropower Pup?

Barely a week passed after Kyrgyzstan triumphantly declared it had struck a...

Georgia: Backsliding on Rule of Law Is Damaging Investment Climate

A recent wave of confiscatory moves against foreign investors in Georgia –...

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

Montenegro’s recent accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sent an...

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation

By M. Ashraf Haidari, the Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the...

Kyrgyzstan, Czech Company Sign Deal to Kick-Start Stalled Hydropower Project

Kyrgyzstan has signed a deal with a Czech company specializing in renewable...

Mongolia Gets On Board with China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road is putting pressure on Mongolia to resolve a...

Uzbekistan: President Visits Infamous Psychiatric Clinic

The president of Uzbekistan bust another taboo this week with a visit...

Crimea: Circumventing Trade Sanctions via Novorossiysk

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

Azerbaijan: A Reset with the EU?

Azerbaijan is pursuing a new agreement with the European Union focused on...

Russia and Nuclear Power

In an age where sources of renewable energy are becoming an increasingly...

Uzbekistan: The Hard Labor Behind Soft Silk

As has always happened at the end of every May, Nasiba Barkasheva’s...

Azerbaijan Expands War on Internet to VoIP

For the last month, Azerbaijani internet users have been unable to make...

Time to Reset US Policy in the South Caucasus

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

Uzbekistan: Once-Expelled Turkish Businesses Returning

Turkish businesses forced out of Uzbekistan during the rule of the late...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

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

Will the Great Gulf Game Spill Over Into the Caucasus?

The Caucasus has long been caught up in the rivalry between Russia...

Uzbekistan: Deputy PM Sidelined in Power Grab

Uzbekistan’s deputy prime minister and a one-time presidential contender has reportedly stepped...

Azerbaijan: State-Run Bank Default Vexes International Investors

Azerbaijan rattled international investors this month when the country’s biggest lender, International...

Uzbekistan: President Chews Out Former Would-be Rival

Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has in a remarkable outburst dressed down a...

Journalist Vanishes from Georgia, Resurfaces in Azerbaijani Jail

The murky disappearance of an Azerbaijani journalist from Tbilisi and his sudden...

Kazakhstan: Global Retailer Leader Carrefour Down and Out

When giant French retailer Carrefour arrived in Kazakhstan, it was deemed an...

Uzbekistan: Mr. Mirziyoyev Going to Washington

The leader of Uzbekistan’s next major official foreign visit will reportedly be...

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

When Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited Washington in early May and...

Uzbekistan: Preserving Life Amid an Environmental Disaster

Rafat Aimuratov is on a crusade to save Muynak....

Turkmenistan: Report Claims Deputy PM Committed Suicide

Foreign-based news website Chronicles of Turkmenistan has claimed in a report that...

Turkmenistan: Is Corruption Probe Sign of Government Panic?

A very public campaign against corruption in Turkmenistan is picking up steam...

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...

Uzbekistan: President's China Trip Yields Giant Rewards

Uzbekistan’s president went to China last week with great hope of landing...

Kazakhstan: Pension Funds Lost in Azerbaijan Venture

Kazakhstan’s beleaguered state pensions fund has found itself the target of a...

New Bank Serves as Financial Catalyst for Central Asia’s “Belt and Road” Development

A two-day summit to unveil what China is portraying as the infrastructure...

As Islamic Games Open, Azerbaijan Wrestles With Muslim Identity

With an opening ceremony rich in pageantry, Azerbaijan welcomed athletes and tourists...

China: One Belt, One Road, Lots of Obligations

It’s not often that the leaders of democracies like Switzerland and Spain...

Uzbekistan: President in Pursuit of Big Deals in China During 5-Day Visit

The president of Uzbekistan’s travel itinerary has served as a useful shortcut...

Georgia: Public Shut Out of Priest's Trial for Attempted Murder

It’s a case with all the features of a period thriller: priests,...