Opinion

Russia’s Restoration of Sukhumi Airport May Lead to Full Annexation of Abkhazia

Abkhazia’s separatist government has recently signed public-private agreements with Russian companies for the restoration of Babushera airport, sparking fears in Georgia that Russia may be considering the annexation of Abkhazia.
Opinion

Russia’s Restoration of Sukhumi Airport May Lead to Full Annexation of Abkhazia

Abkhazia’s separatist government has recently signed public-private agreements with Russian companies for the restoration of Babushera airport, sparking fears in Georgia that Russia may be considering the annexation of Abkhazia.

Opinion

Georgia Awaits EU Decision on Candidate Status

The closer the EU comes to a decision on granting candidacy status to Georgia, the more polarized politics becomes within the country.

Opinion

Words of Wisdom - Armenian Academic and Former Minister Gerard Libaridian Shares His Views on Peace in Karabakh

The Armenians of Karabakh can still sign up to a “manageable” agreement on integrating into Azerbaijan, argues Gerard Libaridian, but they need to stop a sense of self-denial in failing to recognise that they won’t get everything they want.

22 September 2023

Mark Elliott

Opinion

Living In the Limelight: Can Central Asia Sustain Surge of Newfound Diplomatic Activity Without Russia?

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Central Asia has been experiencing increased international diplomatic interest, with the region regularly hosting high-level meetings.

14 November 2023

Chris Rickleton, RFE/RL

Opinion

Are Glamping Yurts Yet Another Cultural Appropriation in The West?

Traditional housing used among many Central Asian nations today is utilized as an eco-friendly glamping option in the Western world. This is not the first instance when the heritage of the oppressed and underrepresented ethnic groups is used for profit. Yet who is to say what makes it cultural appropriation?

26 September 2023

Leila Mekhdi

Opinion

Türkiye Planning to Become Dominant Naval Player in the Caspian

In the wake of sanctions on Russia, Türkiye is on course to become a dominant naval player in the Caspian.

Opinion

Iranian Protesters Remain Defiant in the Face of Violent and Brutal Regime Oppression

Despite brutal repression by the Iranian regime, the women, life, freedom movement in Iran continues to resist with remarkable resilience, challenging the regime through nonviolent resistance, cultural expression, and acts of defiance such as removing headscarves and dancing in public.

20 June 2023
Opinion

The Protests in Iran and Azerbaijani Turk Civil Rights Activists

What role have Azerbaijani-Turks played in Iran's recent protests? For some of the country's minoritized ethnicities, the issues behind the demonstrations are just a selection of many more.

6 October 2022

Vahid Qarabagli

Opinion

#ManoFarsi – Hashtag Activists Addressing Linguistic Marginalization in Iran

Minoritized groups in Iran have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #ManoFarsi, meaning "Farsi and Me." The campaign is building awareness of ethnolinguistic rights issues and solidarity among non-Farsi speakers.

10 February 2022

Vahid Qarabagli