Armenian and Azerbaijani Leaders Meet Blinken, Participate in Panel Discussion at Munich Security Conference
The Folk Performer Who Embodied the Spiritual Code of Kyrgyz Art Dies, 53
The surviving popularity of the komuz as a living instrument, rather than a museum artifact, and the flourishing tradition of Kyrgyz folk music is in no small way thanks to Malik Alikeyev, who died on January 17.
Tajikistan: In a World of Unreliable Men, Polygamy Offers Uneasy Answer
Polygamous marriages can grant women some financial stability, but no legal protection if they are abandoned.
Kazakhstan Slaps Crypto Miners With Higher Energy Bills
Miners flocked to Kazakhstan from China in 2021 after Beijing banned operations there.
Georgia’s Emaciated Former President Appears in Remote Court Hearing
The former president has been hospitalized for months.
Tajikistan: Families Freeze While Energy Independence Chimera Remains Ever Distant
Tajikistan has struggled for over a decade to raise funds for the world's tallest dam, leaving its population freezing each winter and skimping on basic social services.
Russia Is Using The Caspian Sea To Launch Strikes Against Ukraine. So Why Are The Caspian Countries Silent?
Armenia’s Economic Boom Hurts Tech Sector
An influx of Russians has pushed up the value of the dram, undercutting Armenia’s exporters and the celebrated IT industry.
EU Taps Kazakhstan for Rare Earths, Green Hydrogen
Kazakhstan is itching to get its lithium out of the ground.
Garage Schools For Georgia’s Azerbaijanis
A new generation of ethnic Azerbaijani activists are trying to help people in their home villages improve their Georgian-language skills.
Israel Says It Plans to Open Transit Camps for Russian Jews in Azerbaijan
The temporary camps are to accommodate those Jews who are seeking to emigrate from Russia amid the Ukraine war. But Baku is staying quiet on it.
Ukraine War: I’ve Just Returned From Georgia Where They Are Angry About the Conflict and Fear an Invasion
Kazakhstan: Rents Rocket as Russian Draft Dodgers Push Up Demand
Kazakhstan's president pledged unspecified assistance for Russians fleeing a "hopeless situation."
Kazakhstan’s Congress of Faith-based Reconciliation Bumps Up Against Harsh Reality
Echoes of war drowned out talk of peace.
Junked American Cars Do a Roaring Business in Georgia
When cars die in the U.S., they often find a second life in the Caucasus.
Will Hollywood's Departure from Russia Give Kazakhstan’s Film Industry a Leg-up?
The Ukraine war has upended the Russian-language dubbing of Western blockbusters. Kazakh cinemas are turning to domestic features.
South Ossetia to Partially Reopen Crossing Points for Akhalgori Georgians
The authorities in South Ossetia are to reopen the checkpoints between South Ossetian and Georgian government-controlled areas for 10 days per month.
Twitter Unblocked in Uzbekistan
Officials say they are in talks with TikTok to see if they can reach an agreement to lift the ban on that resource too.
Pride Week Kicks Off in Tbilisi with Strong Support from Ambassadors
Queer rights advocacy group Tbilisi Pride has launched Pride Week in Tbilisi with a film screening.
Armenia Diaspora Faces Waning Influence on Turkey, Azerbaijan Negotiations
Recent moves toward restoring relations with Armenia’s traditional enemies have run into strong resistance from the global diaspora. But will it make a difference?
Georgia's Borjomi Fizzes Amid Water Production Dispute
A day after Georgia's government announced it had taken over a majority stake in the iconic Borjomi bottled-water brand, workers remain on strike and the precious liquid is running straight into the town's river.
Azerbaijani, Russian State Media in Tit-For-Tat Attacks
Azerbaijan blocked a Russian state news agency after it published pro-Armenian articles; now Moscow is hitting back, threatening Azerbaijani state media for being pro-Ukraine.
Russia and the Looming Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Deal
Amid all the attention on the war in Ukraine, two historic foes in the South Caucasus are close to reaching a peace agreement that would help alleviate Armenia’s isolation. The potential rapprochement is in parallel to progress on establishing diplomatic ties between Armenia and Turkey. Together, these factors can potentially upend the geopolitics of the South Caucasus.
Lack of Cimate-change Research in Central Asia Raises Odds of Harsh Consequences
A new report highlights gaps in understanding of how climate change will impact the region.
South Ossetia Cancels Referendum on Joining Russia
South Ossetian President Alan Gagloyev has signed a decree suspending a planned referendum on the annexation of South Ossetia by Russia, South Ossetian state-news agency RES has reported.
How Hard Can It Be to Mark a Border?
Delimitation and demarcation of the border is a harder challenge than it seems for Azerbaijan and Armenia. Base maps, Soviet-era exclaves and changing on-the-ground realities categorize the issues.
Kazakhstan: Political Party Reshuffle Hints at the Arrival of a New Order
Tokayev says he wants to see more competition, but he clearly wants his former Amanat party to be first among equals.
Kidnapped Outside Mariupol
Huseyn Abdullayev, an Azerbaijani student held for a month by Russian troops, tells of daily abuse, torture, and apparent extrajudicial executions.
Armenia and Russia Working to Dedollarize Bilateral Trade
The central banks are discussing a ruble-dram exchange to facilitate the move from dollars.
South Ossetia Says it Will Seek to Join Russia
It’s not the first time the breakaway Georgian territory’s de facto authorities have signaled the intention. In the past Russia has blown the calls off, but its calculations may be different now.
Azerbaijani Student Reportedly Captured by Russian Troops in Mariupol
A 20-year-old Azerbaijani student has reportedly been captured by ethnic Chechen Russian troops in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol as he was attempting to flee the country.
Azerbaijan, Iran Sign Transport Deal Bypassing Armenia
The route is an alternative to a corridor crossing Armenia, one of Azerbaijan’s key demands since the 2020 ceasefire.
Uzbekistan Calls for an End to Aggression in Ukraine
Tashkent’s support for Ukraine's territorial integrity is notable considering its deep diplomatic and economic ties with Russia.
Interview With Rap Artist Payam Turk: My Music Breaks Stereotypes Around Azerbaijani-Turkish in Iran
Armenia Anticipates Influx of Russian Businesses, Capital
As they struggle to manage the new sanctions regime, many Russian IT firms are looking at Armenia as a potential new home.
‘Why I Burnt My Russian Internal Passport’
At a demonstration in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, on 25 February, Anton Mikhalchuk, a citizen of Russia, set alight his Russian internal passport, his identification documents, in support of Ukraine. Anton tells the story of fleeing to Georgia from repression in his homeland, and what Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means to him.
Azerbaijani MPs Visit Armenia for the First Time in a Decade
Two Azerbaijani MPs have visited Yerevan as participants in the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly hosted by Armenia. The last time Azerbaijani MPs had stepped foot on Armenian soil was in 2012.
Armenia, Georgia Battle over Yogurt
The Caucasus neighbors have started a food fight over the fermented milk product that is the region’s pride and joy.
Georgia’s Displaced People: A Life in Limbo
The suicide of a man who was forced to flee Abkhazia 30 years ago has put the spotlight on the emotional and economic plight of hundreds of thousands of Georgian IDPs.
Central Asia Struck by Major Region-wide Blackout
The cause of the blackout is not yet clear, but fingers are being pointed at Kazakhstan.
Kyrgyzstan: Town Near Tajik Border Renamed in Nationalist Gesture
Isfana is to be renamed after a venerated first secretary of the Kyrgyz Communist Party.
Chess King Carlsen Loses to 17-year-old Uzbek Sensation
Magnus Carlsen was beaten at the World Rapid Championship by an Uzbek youngster.
Railway Linkages Between Armenia and Azerbaijan to Restart – Brussels Meeting Produces an Apparent Breakthrough
The International Court of Justice Tells Both Azerbaijan and Armenia to Tone Down the Ethnic Discord
New American Company Seeks to Realize Trans-Caspian Pipe Dream
The new proposal’s modest scope, and new diplomatic developments, could finally make the pipeline feasible.
Migration Out of Armenia Spikes
A struggling economy and defeat in last year’s war appear to be driving large numbers of Armenians to leave the country.
Iran Appears to Accept Azerbaijan’s Concerns over Cross-border Supply Routes as Truckers are Released
‘Zangezur Corridor’ Closer to Realization as Armenia Readies to Normalize Relations With Turkey and Azerbaijan
Saakashvili Pops Up and Gets Arrested In the Latest Act of Georgia’s Ever-exciting Political Theatre
Prospects of Armenia-Turkey Normalization Appear Closer Than Ever
Unlike the last time the two sides explored restoring ties, Azerbaijan doesn’t seem to be trying to play the spoiler. But questions remain about Russia’s involvement in the process.
COVID-19 Update - Russia and Central Asia
In part two of our country-by-country overview of the Caspian region’s Covid situation, we examine Russia and Central Asia
COVID-19 Update – South Caucasus and Iran
As the fight against COVID-19 continues, we examine the widely differing responses of each Caspian region country in battling the epidemic. In this, part one, we look at Iran and the South Caucasus.
A Month of Sadarak Shootings
A flashpoint for un-Biblical burning bushes sees regular shooting incidents in a continuing low-level conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Kazakh Language Police Trigger Russian Politicians
Fringe Kazakh nationalists are giving politicians in Moscow something to campaign about.
Saving the Planet While Making Cities More People-friendly: Transit-Oriented Development in a Caspian Context
Georgian Government under Fire for Investigations into Far-right Violence
Rather than trying to punish the perpetrators of the attacks on journalists and LGBTQ+ activists, the authorities seem intent on blaming the victims.
Azerbaijan Bans More Plastic
The country follows Georgia and Turkey in banning most disposable plastic products.
Armenia’s Battles with Industrial River Pollution
An important fight on which Armenians and Azerbaijanis share a common concern
The United States and the Caspian: Doing All the Right Things?
Section 907 has been waived annually for the last 19 years. It's time for repeal.
It's Getting Personal... Elections in Armenia
The 2021 Parliamentary Elections in Armenia are increasingly about two people.
Minefield Maps - What About the Rest of Them?
At a recent rally, Armenia’s acting prime minister Nikol Pashinyan admitted that the mine-maps handed over to Azerbaijan in return for the release of 15 Armenian detainees, were just a fraction of those originally held.
Georgia Re-opens its Land Borders to Private Citizens
Since the start of June, Georgia’s land borders have finally reopened. Here’s a summary of what you need to know if you’re planning a trip.