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

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

Of Saakashvili, His Son and Khinkali

Khinkali and Mikheil Saakashvili are among Georgia's best known brands. Combine the...

Iran's Caspian Flagship "Seriously Damaged"

The flagship of Iran's Caspian naval fleet has been seriously damaged, and...

Uzbekistan: Jailed Entrepreneur Keeps Faith in the System

A scroll through Olim Sulaimanov’s Facebook page suggests nothing of a man...

What does Kazakhstan’s new military doctrine reveal about its relations with Russia?

Without much ado, Kazakhstan adopted a new military doctrine in September, replacing...

CSTO Ready, But Not Yet Willing, To Send Troops to Syria

Leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led security bloc, have...

Kazakhstan: Is New Military Doctrine Response to Russia or the West?

In late September, Kazakhstan adopted its fifth military doctrine....

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

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

Azerbaijan: Detentions End but Pressure on LGBT Community Continues

In mid-October, the mother of Nura, a transgender woman from a conservative...

Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

Turkey has accepted the last of thousands of Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine...

Armenia: Watered-Down Domestic Violence Law “Insulting to Women”

Armenia’s government has presented its final draft of controversial legal reforms aimed...

Georgia: US Works to Counter Russian Narratives

Using means like television programs, fact-checking websites, and book clubs, the United...

Uzbekistan Allows Call to Prayer on Loudspeakers

The capital of Uzbekistan has for the first time in more than...

The Specter of Red October Still Haunts the Baltics

The Baltic states followed a unique trajectory following the October Revolution, breaking...

What Is to Be Done About the ‘Russian Question?’

The October Revolution of 1917 was not a singular event, but five...

Georgia Keeping Its Land Off-Limits for Foreigners

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

Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View

The use of heavy-handed tactics by police to disrupt the Catalan referendum...

Armenia: EU Officials Making Tactical Retreat in Values War

Armenia’s government has introduced long-awaited legislation to ban domestic violence, an issue...

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge

Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater,...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

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

Turkmenistan Downgrades Parliament in Favor of People’s Council

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

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Ink Era-Defining Partnership Deal

The diplomatic love-in breaking out across Central Asia has forged ahead unabated...

Armenia: Activists Cry Censorship as Government Shuts Down Stalinism Exhibit

The Armenian government has shut down a museum exhibition devoted to the...

Clashes Over Church Raise Specter of Georgian-Armenian Strife

A clash over a contested church in a majority-Armenian part of Georgia...

Officials: Azerbaijan Releases Detainees from LGBT Crackdown

Azerbaijan’s authorities have released all of the gay and transgender people detained...

Kyrgyzstan: Smears Soil Election Campaign

Kyrgyzstan’s competitive presidential election campaign is taking a dirty turn, as strategists...

Caucasus States, and Kurds, Assess Kurdistan's Independence Drive

In the wake of Iraqi Kurdistan's vote to declare independence, Armenia and...

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

Ukraine is trying to fight back against Russian influence with a new...

Police Arrest Dozens of Gay Azerbaijanis After Reported Raids

Police have detained dozens of gay and transsexual people in Azerbaijan following...

Georgia’s British Candidate

Georgia’s upcoming local elections would be quite local, indeed, were it not...

Putin’s Surprise Myanmar Challenge from Chechnya

Ramzan Kadyrov has called himself a foot soldier in Putin’s army, but...

Kazakhstan Takes Decisive Step Toward Adopting the Latin Alphabet

Kazakhstan’s long-awaited transition from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet may be...

Azerbaijan Threatens to Cut Off Military Cooperation With US and NATO

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

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

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

Kyrgyzstan: Fear of Myanmar Fury Disrupts Football

Kyrgyzstan has cited the possibility of public unrest over unfolding developments in...

Uzbekistan: Ethnic Iranian Shias Face Legal Troubles in Bukhara

Back in early February, police in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, detained 20 men in...

Kyrgyzstan: Biometric IDs Fuel Debate About Ethnicity

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

Kazakhstan: Authorities Scrap Rainbow Wall Over Suspicions of LGBT Propaganda

Officials in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe thought it might be...

Armenia: Ethnic Minorities Gain a Voice in Parliament

Armenia is the most ethnically homogeneous of all the post-Soviet states. But...

St. Petersburg Blast Suspects Claim Torture in Russian Jail

Russia’s security services are running secret detention centers, in which they hold...

Georgia: Presidential Visit Highlights Hopes, Challenges of Ties With Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko made his first visit to Georgia as Ukraine’s president, as...

Turkey’s Black Sea Policy: Navigating Between Russia and the West

“[Istanbul] holds an absolute dominion over the Black Sea. By one door...

Georgian Women March against Misogyny and Racism

An ethnically diverse historic neighborhood in Tbilisi has become the battlefield for...

Georgians March against Muslim Immigrants

Carrying crosses, icons and flags, hundreds of Georgians marched through an increasingly...

Kyrgyzstan: Most Competitive Presidential Race in Country’s History Taking Shape

When Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister and presidential contender Sooronbai Jeenbekov was serving as...

Azerbaijan: TV Station Asks Late President Heydar Aliyev for Help

A shuttered television station in Azerbaijan has asked the revered Azerbaijani President...

Made in Uzbekistan Brand Wows Tajikistan

When a delegation of traders from Uzbekistan recently came to show off...

Kyrgyzstan: President Bashes Russian Migrant-Phobia

Russian politicians are sowing hatred for the people of Kyrgyzstan. Not the...

Kyrgyzstan: Russia Cancels Debts, But Credit Pile Remains High

Kyrgyzstan has for some time been barreling toward a sovereign debt crunch,...

Russia: Petersburg Metro Blast Sets Off Hunt for Central Asian Terrorists

There is work under way to lay down new water pipes near...

China Mimics Central Asian States, Bans Long Beards in Restive Region

Chinese President Xi Jinping called recently for the creation of a “great...

Trump's Strikes on Syria a Big Hit in Caucasus

The United States missile strikes on Syria have gladdened pro-Western hearts among...

Russian Beyond Russia

Language is harmfully intertwined with politics these days in Eurasia. The swirling...

Georgia: Five-Year-Old Prince Prepares to Reign

Like many doting parents, five-year-old Giorgi’s post cute pictures of him on...

Georgia: Proposed Reform Could Tilt Electoral Field Toward Incumbents

Irakli Kobakhidze, Speaker of Georgian Parliament, recently outlined proposed constitutional changes. Among...

Yes, We Can’t! The Apathetic Business of the Armenian Elections

When voters re-elect an incumbent, it usually means the country is on...

Kazakhstan: Trial Against Ablyazov Opens Without Main Defendant

A trial that opened this week in Kazakhstan sees the government returning...

Kazakhstan’s Space Industry Gets Jitters After Satellite Glitch

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

Xinjiang: China Wary of Possible Islamic State Terror Attack

Chinese authorities are on high alert in western Xinjiang province after the...

Kazakhstan: California Court to Hear Almaty Corruption Lawsuit

Kazakhstan has successfully argued in a US appeals court that it can...

Azerbaijan: Animal Rights Gaining Unlikely Perch

Nizami Ramazanov is a rare beast in Azerbaijan: an animal rights activist....

Central Asia: Chinese Authorities on High Alert in Xinjiang Over IS Threat

Chinese authorities are on high alert in western Xinjiang Province after the...

Georgia’s Parking-Ticket Revolution

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

Central Asia: What Will US Foreign Policy Toward the Region Look Like?

A few days after the arrest of a leading opposition politician in...

Azerbaijan, Dropping Out of Transparency Initiative, Issues Challenge to Foreign Investors

Azerbaijan has decided to leave the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) after...

Is the Russian Orthodox Church the New Komsomol?

During the Soviet era, Communist authorities propagated a rigid form of atheism,...

Putin's Visit to Tajikistan Proves a Damp Squib

Anybody expecting major developments out of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to...

Kazakhstan: Memories of the Chechen Exodus Don’t Fade

Polina Ibrayeva is now a frail old lady with sparkling brown eyes....

Kazakhstan: Reimagining the Past Through Art

Imperious khans and assorted dignitaries gaze into the distance. Meanwhile, fierce battles...

Turkmenistan Aims High as It Pledges Space Exploration

Turkmenistan is aiming for the stars. Speaking at his presidential inauguration after...

Priest's Arrest and Allegations of Assassination Plot Rock Georgian Church

The arrest of a senior Georgian Orthodox priest accused of plotting to...

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...

Armenia Proposes Kicking Belarus Out of CSTO

The diplomatic brouhaha over a travel blogger has led to senior officials...

Suicide Group Panic Spreads to Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kazakhstan have responded to the moral panic about the widely...

Azerbaijan: Show Trial Ends with Harsh Sentences for Islamic Activists

The trial of conservative Sh’ia religious activists involved in what is known...

Kyrgyzstan: Penalty Stiffened for Public Cussing and Boozing

Penalties for swearing and drinking alcohol in public places in Kyrgyzstan have...

Xinjiang: Uighurs Grapple with Travel Restrictions

Ethnic Turkic-speaking Uighurs in China have long faced restrictions relating mainly to...

Russia’s Colonial Allergy

“The history of Russia is the history of a country that colonizes...

Uzbekistan and Rights: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

With every minor hint of a concession on human rights, the government...

Kazakhstan: Conviction Shows Separatism Nerves Still Raw

A man in northern Kazakhstan has reportedly been sentenced to 5 1/2...

Kyrgyzstan: Anatomy of an Unconvincing Scandal

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

Georgia: Courts Appear Reluctant to Tackle Hate Crimes

Fatima Romanova wears an understated black shirt and brown pants, but a...

Eurasia and the Appeal of Illiberalism

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

Uzbekistan: Karimova Reprises Father's Dead, Not Dead Act

The oldest daughter of Uzbekistan’s late president and fraud go together like...

Central Asia: Interpreting and Remembering the 1916 Revolt

“You must have some more of these potatoes,” the scholar next to...

Azerbaijan Looks to Greater Reliance on Domestically Produced Weapons

With an array of new, domestically produced weapons, including sniper rifles, machine...

Russian Whistle-Blower Pulls Back Cover on Railways Corruption

When the head of Russia's state-owned railroad monopoly was abruptly dismissed last...

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament Outlaws Underage Islamic Marriages

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan narrowly passed a draft law on October 5 to...

Russia: Two U.S. Diplomats Drugged In St. Petersburg Last Year, Deepening Washington's Concern

WASHINGTON -- Two U.S. officials traveling with diplomatic passports were drugged while...

Georgia: Pope Visits Tbilisi

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

Uzbekistan: Imams Urge Worshippers to Pick Cotton

There is no area of public life in Uzbekistan that can remain...

Kazakhstan: Aktobe’s No. 1 Mosque Leaves Employees Unpaid

A shocking outbreak of violence in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe...

Kyrgyzstan: Atambayev Turns up Heat in Political Row

President Almazbek Atambayev is raising the stakes in his souring confrontation with...

Central Asia: Measuring the Geopolitical Impact of the Bishkek Bombing

While attention in Central Asia in late August was fixated on the...

Tajik-Turkmen Relations Tested by Rape Claims

A series of alleged tapped telephone conversations among senior Tajikistan diplomats discussing...

Tajikistan Pulls Out All Stops for Independence Bash

A quarter century ago, on August 19, 1991, a botched coup attempt...

White House Tried, Failed, to Send Drones to Surveil 2010 Osh Violence

The White House wanted the United States military to monitor the 2010...

Kazakhstan: Zhanaozen Strikes Point to Oil Sector Unease

Around 200 oil laborers in the western Kazakhstan city of Zhanozen mounted...