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Attacks in Azerbaijan raise accusations of Islamist extremism, government skullduggery

Two policemen have reportedly been killed in Azerbaijan's second city, Ganja, following...

Azerbaijan suffers blackout, and political blame game begins

Azerbaijan suffered a massive, country-wide blackout after an explosion at a power...

Turkmenistan: If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov took time out of his crammed schedule this...

Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge fights “terrorism” stereotypes

“They say we are all terrorists,” says Fatima, a guesthouse owner near...

Kazakhstan’s comic-book heroes battle for the marketplace

Browsers at Crossover, a comic-book store in Almaty, sometimes need some nudging....

Turkmenistan's president effects radical switch-around of top security officials

The head of Turkmenistan’s security services has been fired and substituted by...

Armenia’s jailed opposition leader released with help from MPs

Hardline Armenian opposition leader Jirayr Sefilian has been let out of prison,...

Whither Armenia’s jailed opposition?

After forcing Armenia’s authoritarian ruler Serzh Sargsyan out of office in April,...

Kazakhstan commemorates Stalin’s Terror

Svetlana Tynybekova was born in 1939, on the tail-end of a tidal...

Georgian fascists step into the spotlight

A pair of tourists enjoy an al fresco meal at a café...

Is Kazakhstan’s political opposition creeping back?

After a long hibernation, organized political opposition is making a comeback in...

Young activists and regime veterans: Armenia’s new compromise government

Armenia's new prime minister Nikol Pashinyan has formed his first post-uprising government,...

Kyrgyzstan: Former president drops libel claims against reporters, activist

The embattled former president of Kyrgyzstan has announced he is dropping his...

Uzbekistan: Coming to America

“Amerika serkhli diyor!” — America, a land of wonder!...

Tajikistan: Saudis to acquire stake in troubled bank

An investment fund from Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy a controlling...

Georgia Protests: Nightlife against Nationalists

Georgia's fierce culture wars escalated over the weekend after a heavy-handed police...

Pashinyan team hints at release of radical opposition figure

An ally of Armenia's prime minister has suggested that the new authorities...

Protests in Armenia: Nikol Pashinyan's unlikely rise

Nikol Pashinyan, who has led the largest political protests in Armenia's post-Soviet...

Perspectives | Radicalization among Central Asia’s migrants: Views from the ground

The latest contribution to the field of research on violent religious radicalization...

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

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

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

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

Heavy metal fights to survive, and bridge communities, in the Caucasus

In a damp, dimly lit tunnel underneath Tbilisi, a singer, clad in...

Uzbekistan: Security services still see opposition as threat 

The security services in Uzbekistan have laid down a bold red line...

Rugby gains hold in Georgia as Georgian rugby rises abroad

On a mild Sunday afternoon, before a whistling, clapping, honking crowd of...

Kazakhstan to Spend $840M on Countering Religious Extremism

Security officials in Kazakhstan have reportedly said that they intend to spend...

Kazakhstan Steps Up Campaign Against Ultra-Orthodox Islam

A good Muslim should look the part – legislation now being pushed...

Uzbekistan: Intelligentsia Make Plea For Opposition Leader’s Return

More than 400 representatives of Uzbekistan’s self-described intelligentsia have signed an online...

Sewage Protest Causes a Stink in Yerevan City Council Meeting

A Yerevan City Council meeting turned violent on February 13 after two...

Uzbekistan Unblocks Banned Websites

From around lunchtime on February 12, internet users in Uzbekistan have been...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

“To be a Eurasianist should be cool, it should be stylish.”...

Kyrgyzstan: President Drops Libel Damages Claim

Kyrgyzstan’s president has agreed to drop his claim to libel damages from...

Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

Three men in plain white face masks gaze into the camera as...

Kazakhstan: Online Anonymity Ban in Force from April

Kazakhstan has set the clock running on stamping out anonymous commenting on...

Azerbaijan: Painting With Oil – No, Not that Oil

One day, when he was seven years old, Sabir Chopuroglu's parents brought...

Survey: Armenians' Attitudes Toward Azerbaijan Increasingly Hardening

People in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh are increasingly opposed to making any...

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

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

Georgia: Gamsakhurdia Biopic Sidesteps Post-Soviet Politics

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

Taking the Temperature of Turkmenistan’s Economic Meltdown

In his year-end address to the nation, Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, brimmed...

Uzbekistan: Jailed Entrepreneur Keeps Faith in the System

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

US Citizen Accused of Plotting to Assassinate Armenian Officials

Armenian authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a United States citizen...

Kyrgyzstan: The Quiet Success of an Islamic Woman’s Group

Every week, hundreds of women trickle in and out of Dilyarom Hamrakulova’s...

Tajikistan: How a Broke Government Keeps its Books Balanced

In its annual budget, Tajikistan is relying on unusual accounting maneuvers to ensure...

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

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

Uzbekistan: Imam Proposes Death Penalty for Radical Muslims

A prominent imam in Uzbekistan has caused a stink by taking to...

Uzbekistan: Devout Muslims Targeted in Sweeps

A rights group in Uzbekistan has reported that police have over the...

The Many Languages of Islam in the Caucasus

While visiting Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge towards the end of the second Chechen...

Islam, the State, and Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia

It is a common assumption that the Bolsheviks, after consolidating their hold...

Uzbekistan: A Breeding Ground for Terrorism?

A mass killing in New York perpetrated by a citizen of Uzbekistan...

Gender and the Bolsheviks: A Contested Legacy

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, one of the most contested...

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

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

“Sexy Sheep” Welcome Azerbaijanis to Ukraine

A bare-breasted woman wearing a sheep hat greeted male arrivals from Baku...

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...

Trade Possibilities Spurring Rapprochement Between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

As visitors arrived at the UzExpoCenter exhibition hall in Tashkent last week,...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

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

Abkhazia: Memory of War Still Looms Large

Abkhazians will commemorate Victory Day on September 30, marking the day in...

Kyrgyzstan: Surge of Piety Turning Town Into Alcohol-Free Zone

There was a time when Aravan, a bazaar town in a dusty...

Tajikistan: Saudis Brag About Pushing Out Iran

Middle Eastern rivalries are playing out in Tajikistan....

Uzbekistan: HRW Speaks of Hope for Human Rights

A delegation with New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch has, during...

Uzbekistan: Ethnic Iranian Shias Face Legal Troubles in Bukhara

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

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutions Thin Ranks of Presidential Contenders

Two major names in Kyrgyzstani politics have been sentenced to long terms...

Tajikistan Accuses Iran of Assassination Campaign in Foreign Policy Gambit

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

Kazakhstan: Language Students Land in Egyptian Jails

When a group of students from Kazakhstan traveled to Egypt to improve...

Uzbekistan: Thousands of Suspected Radicals Rehabilitated

Authorities in Uzbekistan have reportedly removed more than 4,000 people from blacklists...

Tajikistan: Authorities Go After Relatives of Opposition

A crackdown in Tajikistan that began in 2015 has forced large swaths...

Did Kyrgyzstan Get Sold a Hydropower Pup?

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

Armenia: A Year On, Police Station Attack Still Divides Society

Armenians marked the one-year anniversary of an armed takeover of a Yerevan...

Kyrgyzstan: Social Entrepreneur Finds Foothold in Tien Shan Foothills

Early on a summer morning, customers begin to filter on to the...

Kazakhstan: Law Narrows Field for Presidential Contenders

Implausible as it might seem, a day will come when Kazakhstan will...

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation

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

Tajikistan: Relatives of Islamic State Commander Killed in Clash

Four close relatives of the riot police commander that left Tajikistan to...

Tajikistan: Taking State Snooping to the Next Level

For the past few weeks in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, teams of officials...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

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

Turkmenistan: President Calls Time on Welfare Benefits

The president of Turkmenistan has in a long-awaited move ordered an end...

Uzbekistan: President Appeals to Muslims "Gone Astray"

The custom in Uzbekistan has for many years been to speak about...

Kyrgyzstan: Tree-Chopping Divides Greens and Urban Planners

Without warning, city workers descended on a leafy street recently in Kyrgyzstan’s...

Kazakhstan: Law on Religious Clothing in the Works

The government in Kazakhstan looks set to intensify its war on what...

Georgia: Reluctant Host for Azerbaijani Dissidents?

For years, Georgia has been a safe harbor for dissidents seeking to...

Kazakhstan: Activist Recantation Demoralizes Civil Society

Only two years ago, civic rights activist Olesya Khalabuzar was proclaiming ambitiously...

On the Question of Religious Freedom in Azerbaijan

By Hikmat Hajiyev, Head of Press Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the...

Uzbekistan: Police to Place Cameras in Interrogation Rooms

Police in Uzbekistan will soon be required to install close circuit cameras...

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...

Uzbekistan: Internet Cafes, Gaming Halls Closed En Masse

Security services in Uzbekistan have for the last few days been ordering...

Russia: Another Central Asian Arrested Over Metro Blast

Security services in Russia have detained another native of Kyrgyzstan in connection...

Tajikistan's Islamic State Contingent Reportedly Suffers Grave Blows

Media outlets have in recent days reported on the death of senior...

Kyrgyzstan: Religious Authorities Order Closure of Illegal Madrasas

A representative for the Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of Kyrgyzstan has...

Russia: Metro Bombing Raises Alarm on Central Asia Terror Link

Was the St. Petersburg bomber the one that got away?...

Searching for Putin’s Swedish Friends

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

Kazakhstan: Education Reforms Assailed by Patriotic Camp

Kazakhstan’s government knew what it was getting when Yerlan Sagadiyev was appointed...

Tajikistan and Islamic State: Threat or Bogeyman?

Perhaps the greatest existential threat facing Tajikistan is posed by the Islamic...

Turkmenistan: President Bags Huge But Implausible Election Win

As had been widely anticipated, Turkmenistan’s president has not only won the...

Uzbekistan: Anti-Terrorist Blockbuster Slated by Public

The recently released trailer for a film telling the story of militant...

Bucking Trump, His Cabinet Promises Hard Line on Russia

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

Armenia: Boosting Female Presence in Army

It took some time for Lusine Poghosian’s male classmates to adapt to...

Kazakhstan: Security Services Waging War on Extremists

Kazakhstan’s security services say they have rounded up 33 members of a...

Xinjiang: Uighurs Grapple with Travel Restrictions

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

Russia: Putin the Historian

According to a number of biographical accounts, history was Russian President Vladimir...

Azerbaijan: Netanyahu Visit Boosts Azerbaijani-Israel Ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent official visit to Baku signals that...

Uzbekistan: Azimov Loses Job at Finance Ministry

A man one time considered a possible successor to Uzbekistan’s late president...

Kazakhstan: Agents Capture Alleged Gang of Islamist Oil Thieves

Security forces in Kazakhstan carried out a special operation in the western...