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Kyrgyzstan: Parliament topples PM, the ex-president's final holdover ally

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have turned in dramatic fashion on the government and...

Tajikistan: With e-wallets scuppered, shoppers more stranded than ever

A recent desperate and quixotic measure by Tajikistan’s government to boost budget...

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan's unremarkable election

Azerbaijan's presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev...

Perspectives | Washington joins Azerbaijan to undercut a transparency initiative

Campaigners were joyous nine years ago when Azerbaijan became the first country...

Expert Opinions: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

Masha Udensiva-Brenner tells the story of New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson’s...

Kazakhstan: Child Rape Media Frenzy Puts Officialdom on Trial

Before all the trouble began, Nursultan was a model pupil....

Uzbekistan: Court Rules to Investigate Journalist Torture Claims

On the first day of hearings in the sedition trial of journalist...

Uzbekistan: New Allegations of Torture Emerge in Journalist’s Case

On the eve of a trial in Uzbekistan against a prominent journalist...

Family Still Waiting for Body of Georgian Killed in South Ossetia

Family members of a Georgian man who died in custody in the...

Kazakhstan and Corruption: Young Blood, Old Habits

Sometimes a corruption case is about more than just the corruption....

European Bank Approves 1.5 Billion Euros For Azeri Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 1.5 billion euros in financing...

TAPI Enters Afghan Phase with Little Cash and Many Problems

It is the natural gas pipeline project that many have long said...


Perspectives | Is the Eurasian Belt and Road Headed toward a Rate Wrangle?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative may be in its infancy,...

Uzbekistan: President, Public Reach Out Helping Hand to Fire Victims' Families

On the first day alone of a public charity drive to assist...

Kyrgyzstan: Showcase Highway Project Stuck in Funding Jam

The Issyk-Kul highway was supposed to demonstrate that Kyrgyzstan was capable of...

Azerbaijani Journalist Abducted in Georgia Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

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

Uzbekistan: President Calls for Clipping Security Services' Wings

The president of Uzbekistan called in a wide-ranging and consequential four-hour speech...

Kyrgyzstan: Top Official Quits Over Bomb Scare

A high-ranking official in Kyrgyzstan announced his resignation on December 21 after...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of...

Post-Soviet Governments Weaponize Transparency: Report

Authoritatian governments have cleverly used the liberal norm of transparency in order...

Kyrgyzstan: New President Takes Office in Historic Handover

Kyrgyzstan has a new president. And this time it is not because...

Azerbaijan: An Activist Defies NGO Stereotypes

Shahin Javadov comes from a long line of rabble rousers....

Armenians Rally Against American GMOs

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

Uzbekistan: Without Forced Labor, Who’ll Pick the Cotton?

Uzbekistan’s government has traditionally characterized cotton-picking as hashar, a term for voluntary...

Georgia Keeping Its Land Off-Limits for Foreigners

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

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Impasse Remains Despite Talks

Kazakhstan has signaled its determination to stick to its guns in its...

Turkey Detains Philanthropist Known for Supporting Armenian Reconciliation

Turkey has detained an influential Turkish businessman and philanthropist who has been...

Kyrgyzstan Eats Some Crow, But Kazakhstan Still Annoyed

The outgoing president of Kyrgyzstan is sorry — but not sorry —...

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...

Kyrgyzstan: Nail-Biter Vote Generates Bitterness to the Very End

Rivals in Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election traded accusations of wrongdoing even as polling...

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

The Azerbaijani government has forced the local chapter of the global corruption...

Uzbekistan: Journalist Accused of Seeking Government Overthrow

A journalist detained in Uzbekistan last week has reportedly been charged with...

There is a Specter Haunting Azerbaijan, the Specter of George Soros

In response to a recent string of corruption allegations and international criticism,...

Uzbekistan: “More Than 10,000 Criminals Roaming the Streets”

Uzbekistan’s president had some harsh words for the police during a government...

Kazakhstan: Repentant Activist Gets 2 Years Limited Freedom

A civic rights activist in Kazakhstan who once led the charge for...

Uzbekistan Abuzz With Chatter About Gulnara Revelations

Ever since prosecutors in Uzbekistan confirmed last week that the late president’s...

Uzbekistan Confirms Karimova Probes in PR-Boosting Exercise

Uzbekistan did more than confirm what all watchers of the region already...

Kazakhstan: Space for Civil Society Shrinking?

First, there was a media report hinting at shadowy links between foreign-funded...

Georgia: Backsliding on Rule of Law Is Damaging Investment Climate

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

Tajikistan: Relatives of Islamic State Commander Killed in Clash

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

Georgia: Are the Police Backsliding?

The reform of Georgia’s law-enforcement apparatus was once the pride of the...

Tajikistan’s Unity After War: Expectation and Reality

Tajikistan opted for Vahdat, or “unity” in Tajik, as the venue in...

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...

Protesters as Patriots: A New Narrative for Russia

June 12 is Russia Day, a day that commemorates the country’s declaration...

Uzbekistan: Deputy PM Sidelined in Power Grab

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

Uzbekistan: Killing of Teenager Sparks Unprecedented Outcry

In a highly unusual show of public indignation in Uzbekistan, a clamor...

Turkmenistan: Anti-Corruption Body Created to Fight Crisis

With the economic crisis in Turkmenistan getting only deeper, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov...

Azerbaijan: State-Run Bank Default Vexes International Investors

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

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament Seeks to Limit Election Observation

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have passed legislation that will greatly limit the rights...

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...

China: One Belt, One Road, Lots of Obligations

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

EITI Suspension of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Tests Its Global Leverage

With the suspension of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, along with Azerbaijan’s withdrawal, the...

Turkmenistan: Death and Corruption at the Top of the Tree

Occupying high office in Turkmenistan is never a comfortable affair, but this...

Uzbekistan: Police to Place Cameras in Interrogation Rooms

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

Georgia: Authorities Use Blockchain Technology for Developing Land Registry

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

The US “Offshore” Industry and the Eurasian Connection

In Cheyenne, Wyoming, a small brick-faced house sits between a Greek Orthodox...

Uzbekistan: Police Shake-Up Part of Elite Struggle?

The police force in Uzbekistan is set for a reorganization that looks...

Kazakhstan: President Calls for Switch to Latin Alphabet by 2025

The president of Kazakhstan published an article in a state newspaper on...

Navigating Offshore: Analyzing International Finance Post-Panama

When a businessman with international holdings and properties rose to the highest...

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

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

China’s Strategy in the Caucasus

When leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia took part in a session titled...

Armenia: Voters Opt for More of the Same

Armenia’s governing party consolidated its grip on power following parliamentary elections marred...

Armenia: Political Campaigns, Failing to Inspire Voters, Offer Cash

As voters head to the polls in Armenia’s parliamentary elections, they may...

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

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

Georgia: With TV Station Takeover, Is Free Speech at Stake?

Journalists at Georgia’s last major opposition broadcasting company are digging in and...

Drowning in Data – EITI in Kazakhstan Must Mean More

Kazakhstan is an implementing country in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and...

Uzbekistan Adopts Deficit Budget in Rare Admission of Trouble

Uzbekistan’s upper house of parliament, the Senate, on December 13 adopted the...

Kyrgyzstan: Referendum Sails Through with Push From Students

Voters in Kyrgyzstan backed amendments to the constitution that will see the...

Uzbekistan: Snap Election Revises Script While Following Old Rules

Of the four candidates running in Uzbekistan’s special presidential election on December...

Georgia: Tbilisi Pedestrians Rage Against the Machines

Last week, several car owners in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, found large...

Uzbekistan: Activist Released After 24 Years in Jail

Uzbekistan has in a long-awaited move freed a political activist who has...

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Leader Seeks President's Impeachment

The leader of Kyrgyzstan’s opposition Ata-Meken party, Omurbek Tekebayev, has raised the...

Kazakhstan: Tax Chief Named Deputy Head of Security Services

An eyebrow-raising appointment to the higher echelons of Kazakhstan’s security services suggests...

Tajikistan: US Warns of Possible Terror Attacks

The US Embassy in Tajikistan issued a warning on its website on...

Tajikstan: Critical Newspaper Closes Its Doors

The founders of an independent newspaper in Tajikistan have decided to suspend...

Kyrgyzstan Tightens Registration Rules For Visitors

Kyrgyzstan has introduced new migration rules for visiting foreign citizens that limit...

Uzbekistan: Officials Admit to Graft Problem in Talks With Entrepreneurs

About 1,000 members of Uzbekistan’s business community assembled late last week at...

Azerbaijan: Choosing Between Repressing Dissent and Western Loans

Azerbaijan must make legislative changes within four months that expand rights for...

Tajikistan: President's Son Takes Hard Look at Corruption

The son of Tajikistan’s leader, a 29-year old sometimes touted as a...

Can Millionaires Fix Armenia?

You know it’s time for change when you’ve had an armed standoff...

Kazakhstan: Subsidies Skew Media Development

The government of Kazakhstan maintains a system of state subsidies for mass...

Kazakhstan: Trial Into Aktobe Violence Opens

The trial began in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe on October...

Will Georgia’s Parliamentary Vote Clear the “Free and Fair” Hurdle?

As Georgian voters prepare for a parliamentary election on October 8, various...

Azerbaijan: Papal PR Pays Off

At first glance, Azerbaijan, a predominantly Shia Muslim state, seems an unlikely...

Uzbekistan's Data Protection Law Not All It Seems

Uzbekistan has introduced a law protecting personal data that will make it...

Kyrgyzstan: Constitutional Referendum Fix Sailing Through Parliament

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has passed a second reading of draft bill on holding...

Turkmenistan Adopts Constitution Broadening President’s Powers

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has made a major stride toward being enshrined...

Uzbekistan: Government Announces President is Ill

In an unprecedented development, Uzbekistan’s government has officially announced that President Islam...

Kyrgyzstan: Civil Society Set to Fight Constitutional Fiddle

Civil society in Kyrgyzstan has begun a counter-offensive against proposed tinkering to...

Kazakhstan: Making a Tentative Foray Into Digital Money

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

Kazakhstan: Security Services Claim More Terror Plots Quashed

Kazakhstan’s security services say they have detained members of an extremist organization...

Tajikistan: Bogus Vanishing, Thrashing Pile Misery on Bank

Barely day passes at Tajikistan’s most troubled bank without some grim or...

Kazakhstan Seeks Taxes From Google, Apple

Kazakhstan has become the latest country to demand tax revenues from technology...

Kazakhstan: Zhanaozen Strikes Point to Oil Sector Unease

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

Officials Allege Rampant Nepotism, Cronyism, in Georgian MoD

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

Citizens of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Linked to Istanbul Attack

The trail of the terrorist attack on Istanbul airport that killed 42...

Uzbekistan & China: Friends in a Time of Need

Forth of a Five-Part Series...

Tajikistan: Prison Breakout Linked to Islamist Radicalism

Authorities in Tajikistan have said they have all but contained a breakout...