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

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

Georgia: A Church Divided against Itself

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

Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

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

Georgia: US Works to Counter Russian Narratives

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

Tajikistan: Russia Shows Off Jeweler-Like Accuracy of Iskander-M Missile

Ten-day military exercises in Tajikistan by a Moscow-led security alliance have seen...

Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

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

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

There are echoes of Soviet times in the way Russia has been...

Evaluating the Risks Posed by Russia’s Nuclear Upgrade

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

Clashes Over Church Raise Specter of Georgian-Armenian Strife

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

Georgia: Media Initiative Focuses on Debunking Fake News Reports

Tamuna Kintsurashvili and her team huddle over Apple Macbooks in a nondescript...

Azerbaijan Threatens to Cut Off Military Cooperation With US and NATO

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

With Russia-NATO Meeting, is Baku the New Caucasian Geneva?

NATO's military chief and his Russian counterpart met in Baku, the first...

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

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

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...

Murky Azerbaijani Flights to Syria: Whistleblowing or Black PR?

Earlier this summer, the Bulgarian daily newspaper Trud published a sensational report,...

At Last Minute, Armenia Drops Out of NATO Exercises in Georgia

At the last minute and with no explanation, Armenia has dropped out...

Russia & Turkey: The Arms Deal that Signals the Age of Pragmatism

If any single arms deal can capture the shifting nature of Russian...

Georgia: Great Expectations Accompany US Vice Presidential Visit

The Trump administration's foreign policy has been, to put it mildly, unpredictable....

Azerbaijan, Without Explanation, Drops Out of NATO Exercises

When NATO military exercises kick off in Georgia next week, they will...

Armenia: Attitudes Toward Turks Slowly Changing

When Üfük Özden, a translator from Istanbul, visited Armenia last year, it...

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...

Turkey: We're Buying Both Russian and European Air Defense

Turkey has reached agreements with both a Russian company and a European...

Georgia After Montenegro’s NATO Accession

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

Trump on Georgia's Territorial Integrity: Not Much Interested?

They talked election meddling and...

Putin Pop: A Guide to Russia’s Most Patriotic Music Genre

A music critic once argued that Vladimir Putin-inspired songs are the worst...

Georgia: Disapproval Rising for NATO Membership

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

Georgia-Turkey-Azerbaijan Cooperation: Pragmatism Proves Durable Formula

Regional cooperation endeavors often have a short shelf life in the post-Soviet...

Yerevan Hands Over to Russia Soldier Convicted of Murdering Six Armenians

A Russian soldier convicted of murdering six members of an Armenian family...

Is GUAM Making a Comeback?

With its first high-level meeting since 2008, the GUAM group of nations...

Turkey-Armenia Ties Growing, Even As Historical Dispute Thwarts Reconciliation

A hundred or so mourners gathered on April 24 beneath heavy clouds...

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...

Azerbaijan Increasingly Airing Grievances with Russia

Azerbaijan is increasingly dissatisfied with Russia’s role as a mediator in the...

Searching for Putin’s Swedish Friends

Dissatisfied with the mainstream media, Sweden’s old left and alt-right find common...

U.S. and Romania Practice Storming Black Sea Shores

The United States and Romanian navies practiced storming the beaches of the...

Azerbaijan: Government Watchdog Transforms Into Attack Dog

An hour into an interview, Eynulla Fatullayev pulls out a cigarette and...

Abkhazia Tightens De Facto Border With Georgia

Abkhazia has closed all but two of its de facto border crossings...

Georgia’s Back and Forth Freedom Marches: The Case of Rustavi-2

The Supreme Court of Georgia recently ruled in favor of transferring the...

Georgians Wary of Turkey’s Rising Influence in Batumi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech last October in Rize,...

Georgia Offers NATO to Build a Black Sea Base at Poti

When NATO officials announced last month that they were planning to increase...

Moldova and Ukraine: Diverging Neighbors?

To a casual observer, Moldova and Ukraine appear quite similar with their...

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

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

NATO Promises Increase in Tempo of Air, Naval Patrols on Black Sea

NATO countries have agreed to increase the alliance's activities around the Black...

U.S. Says Russia Buzzed its Warship in Black Sea

Russian planes buzzed a United States warship in the Black Sea as...

Central Asians See NATO More as Threat than Protection

Central Asians are more likely to see NATO as a threat rather...

Russians Still Waiting for Trump Thaw as NATO Resumes Exercises in Black Sea

NATO is conducting some of its biggest naval exercises ever in the...

Trump’s Ukrainian Blunder: Geopolitical Deja Vu

US President Donald Trump is poised to make one of the gravest...

Azerbaijan: Energy Hopes vs. Italian Olive Groves

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline is a key element of Azerbaijan’s efforts to export...

Bucking Trump, His Cabinet Promises Hard Line on Russia

President-elect Donald Trump's nominees for his top foreign policy, defense, and intelligence...

Team Trump on Russia: Words and Actions

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

Russia: Geopolitical Gifts Mask an Economic Dilemma for Putin

As Russia prepares to celebrate Orthodox Christmas, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has...

St. Petersburg Summit Accelerates Unraveling of CSTO

Dissension among the nominal allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the...

Separating Fact from Fiction in Russia’s ‘Information Wars’

The flurry of hacking, paranoia and fake news which preceded the biggest...

Russia to Enlist Allies in Fight Against NATO

Russia will try to enlist its post-Soviet allies in shoring up its...

Russia Promises Tajikistan "Large Quantity" of Military Aircraft

Russia has promised a "large quantity" of military aircraft to Tajikistan over...

Atambayev: Russian Troops Should Leave Kyrgyzstan. But No Rush.

Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev has said that Russia needs to leave its...

NATO Closes Shop in Central Asia

NATO plans to close its liaison office in Central Asia, further diminishing...

Russia: Will Trump Become the Kremlin’s “Icebreaker”?

Be careful of what you wish for; it might come true. This...

Russia: The Clash of Civilizations Comes to Valdai Club

Founded in 2004 with the support of the Russian government, the Valdai...

NATO Agrees to Expand Naval, Air Patrols in Black Sea

NATO has agreed to come up with a "coordination body" to manage...

Georgia: Disillusion with Establishment Fuels Rise of Populism

Georgians appear to be growing disillusioned with the country's Western-oriented political elite...

Russia's Friends Form New 'Cossack Army' in Balkans

BUDVA, Montenegro -- When the commander of the newly created "Balkan Cossack...

At Summit, CSTO Wrestles with Internal Disputes, Irrelevance

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led political-military bloc, has again failed...

Azerbaijan Looks to Greater Reliance on Domestically Produced Weapons

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

Moldova: Can Presidential Election Alter Geopolitical Course?

Direct presidential elections will be held in Moldova on October 30....

Turkey Again Courts Air Defense Controversy with Russian Offer

Turkey has reportedly invited Russia to bid on an air defense system...

Georgia: Moscow-Tolerant Party Gains Parliament Seats

A new, Moscow-tolerant player looks set to enter parliament in Georgia after...

Is the CSTO Preparing for Peacekeeping in Syria?

Russia's post-Soviet security bloc, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, has held discussions...

Armenia Appoints Civilian, U.S.-Educated Defense Minister

Armenia has appointed a new defense minister, a civilian educated in the...

Russia Claims "Mastery" Over Turkey in Black Sea

Russia's top military officer has said that the country's Black Sea fleet...

Georgian Party Proposes U.S. Military Base in Country

One of Georgia's leading political figures has called for an American military...

Central Asia: Measuring the Geopolitical Impact of the Bishkek Bombing

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

U.S., Bulgaria to Start Joint NATO Air Patrols

The United States and Bulgaria will conduct joint air patrols for the...

Russia Brings Military Allies to NATO Border

Russian military exercises near its western borders have become de rigeur over...

With Pro-NATO, Pro-Russia Proposals, Geopolitics Enters Georgia's Elections

Geopolitics has taken center stage in Georgia's election campaign, with one party...

Guns of August: Fears of Full-Scale War Return as Casualties Mount in Ukraine

Maryinka, Ukraine -- Framed by a tiny cutout in the fortified bunker,...

Erdogan Goes to Russia: Turkish Leader Seeks to Mend Fences with Kremlin

What a difference a few months can make.   Last November, a...

Russia's Military Olympics Expand to Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is hosting two events of the International Army Games, a Russia-created...

The Turkish Coup Attempt, Russia, and the West

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels to St. Petersburg on August 9...

Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan Deepen "Anti-Terror" Ties

Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan have set up a "Quadrilateral Cooperation and...

Outgoing Georgian Defense Minister Criticizes Her Replacement

Georgia appointed a new defense minister who immediately became the subject of...

Officials Allege Rampant Nepotism, Cronyism, in Georgian MoD

Two whisteblowers have gone public with allegations that Georgia's Ministry of Defense...

Moldova: No Support for NATO Involvement in Transnistria Dispute

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is seeing itself tested in one key...

Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Turbocharged by Istanbul Coup Attempt

The recent failed military coup in Istanbul is pushing the Turkish government...

Bulgaria Accuses Russia of Airspace "Provocation"

Bulgaria has joined the long list of Russia's neighbors who have accused...

With New Deployment, Russia Aims at Air Dominance over Black Sea

Russia has announced the deployment of more advanced air defense systems to...

Turkey Rounds Up Suspected Coup Plotters, Blames U.S.-Based Cleric for Incident

Turkish officials have rounded up thousands of people suspected of involvement in...

Turkey Security Operations Continue Following Overnight Coup Bid

Security operations are continuing in Turkey following a failed military coup attempt...

US Hate Group Forging Ties with the “Third Rome”

Matthew Heimbach is a burly, bearded 25-year-old propagator of hate....

NATO Demurs on Creation of Black Sea Naval Force

NATO put off a decision on creating an alliance Black Sea naval...

Georgia Gets Little to Take Home from NATO Summit

Georgia and NATO announced their new program for cooperation at the alliance's...

U.S. Shifting Military Aid to Georgia to Help it Fight at Home

The United States is shifting its military assistance to Georgia to help...

Turkey's Trial Balloon To Russia Sinks

Turkey's foreign minister floated a proposal to let Russia use a key...

Turkey: Using NATO to Gain Reconciliation with Russia?

After talking a blue streak about using the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...

Bulgaria Throws Wrench In Works Of NATO Black Sea Plans

Bulgaria's prime minister has said the country will not participate in a...

Armenia: What Azerbaijan Needs to Do for Peace in Karabakh

Commentary from Armenia (Also see Introduction and Commentary from Azerbaijan)...

Georgian NATO Cooperation Laid Low By Chicken Pox

Georgia has had to drop out of large-scale NATO military exercises because...