Veronica Fonova: What It Takes to Be a Feminist in Kazakhstan
Leila Mekhdiyeva interviews Veronica Fonova, a 30-year-old graphic designer and feminist activist in Kazakhstan. She is the co-founder of KazFem, has participated in the UN Women’s Conference, and established a reliable source on domestic violence statistics.
Diaspora Kid – One Azerbaijani Kazakh's Story
Growing up in Almaty, Leila Mekhdiyeva started to discover prejudice against her for being half-Azerbaijani. However, rather than giving up her mixed identity, she went on to explore and celebrate her Azerbaijani roots.
Georgian Play Examines Illegal Migration to America
Today hundreds of Georgians are sneaking into the U.S. from Mexico, but one Georgian who blazed that trail 20 years ago is now able to tell her story.
Georgia’s Occupied South Ossetia Set to Hold a Referendum on Joining Russia: What Does it Mean for Georgia?
Global Illiberal Trends and the Case of Georgia
Illiberalism can be defined exactly as it sounds - opposition to or restriction of liberal ideas and actions. The stance seems to be having its own global renaissance over the last few years. Emil Avdaliani explores how the phenomenon is playing out in the Caucasian country of Georgia.
Reza Baraheni, Writer, Poet, Literary Critic, and Public Intellectual: A Life-long Champion of Social Justice and Freedom of Speech
Tweeting in Solidarity: Turks Backlash Against Online Sexist Commentary Targeting Ukrainian Refugee Women
Filmmaking as a Way of Representing Our Experience of the World: An Interview With Mohammad Alimoradi
A Story of Friendship: Georgia and Ukraine Stand Together
Alexander Davitashvili meets up with a couple of Ukrainians stranded in Georgia.
The Troubled Story of the Tabriz Ark –Are There Deeper Meanings Behind Archaeological Insensitivity?
Turkey-Armenia Talks Hold Promise of Opening Long-Shut Border
Turkish and Armenian special envoys will meet in Moscow on 14 January to discuss normalising relations between these long-estranged neighbours. Crisis Group experts Olesya Vartanyan, Nigar Göksel and Zaur Shiriyev unpack how the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020 opened the way for talks.
Is Dialogue Viable Amid Continuous Bloodshed?
Arnold Alahverdian, the co-founder of Bright Garden Voices, an Armenian-Azerbaijani dialogue platform, comments on the challenges facing the project in light of recent violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan and explains why he maintains hope in what cross-border communication can accomplish.
Opinion | Back to the ‘No War, No Peace’ Limbo
By reversing the dynamic of ‘the victorious’ and ‘the defeated’, the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War revealed illusions and hypocrisies that suffused Armenia’s dominant narratives about the conflict. But despite this clarity, a new dynamic between Armenia and Azerbaijan has not developed.
Babes in the Dark Woods, Again - How Long Will Canada be a Pawn in the Canadian-Armenian Lobby’s Interests?
Duff Crerar shares his perspective on the effect of one-issue lobby groups on Canadian foreign policy.
Was James’s Cameron’s Multi-billion Grossing Movie Avatar Plagiarized from a Chechen Author’s 2002 Novel? The Courts Decide.
Why Georgians Don’t Trust Russia: My Historical Overview
The relationship between Georgia and Russia has been a long and tumultuous one. Alexander Davitashvili takes a personal look through the history of the countries’ interactions and comes to his own conclusion.
The Battle of Shusha: Warcraft Has Changed, but Soldiers’ Sweat, Courage and Daring Remain Key to Military Success
Makhachkala – Much More than Russia’s Garbage Capital
Since 2016, Dagestan’s biggest city has been labelled the ‘garbage capital of Russia.’ But that’s not the impression I got.
Fate of Ex-Soviet Exclaves Uncertain in the Wake of Armenia-Azerbaijan War
Many Azerbaijanis still harbor hopes of returning to their homes, now completely surrounded by Armenian territory. Armenians aren’t so sure.
Georgia, a Land of Political Theatre
Demonstrations, boycotts, EU mediation and new electoral systems: is Georgia experiencing dangerous polarisation or just the rough and tumble of an evolving democracy?
In the Karabakh Crisis, Canada Must Support Rules-Based International Order
Asking Canada to interfere in the crisis of Armenia's own making has nothing to do with Responsibility to Protect.
Caspian Basin Central Banks Join the Central Bank Digital Currency Bandwagon
What’s going on today with cryptocurrencies around the Caspian Sea.
Lunch in Paris: Macron and Pashinyan
At a press conference with his Armenian counterpart, the French President’s comments excite news-sites in Yerevan. But is this simply a storm in a tea cup?
Task of Demarcating Armenian-Azerbaijani Border Made More Difficult by Armenian Politicization of the Issue, Russian Analysts Say
Smart Villages and Smart Cities: An Avenue for Reconstruction?
Funding the reconstruction of towns and villages will have to go well beyond replacing the stones and tiles, bricks and mortar of the physical structures. To ensure that people return to their long-lost homes, there will need to be economic opportunity.
The 28th of May
Azerbaijan's "Republic Day": the most powerfully symbolic date in the national calendar?
Poisoned Earth: The Futile Curse of Land Mines
“Today, on land that Azerbaijan regained after the 2020 Second Karabakh War, there are an evil pick-n-mix of landmines, pink-ribboned cluster bombs, grenades, and all. But Armenia is in no mood to give up the locations of this fearful harvest.”
Biden Must Press Armenia to Hand Over Minefield Maps
Mines in Nagorno-Karabakh are killing civilians and troops.
What Do TAP Gas Deliveries from Azerbaijan Mean for European Markets?
TAP will catalyze further infrastructure connectivity in Southeast Europe (SEE) and the western Balkans through the building of new interconnectors.
Canadians and the Caucasus: How We Covered a War
Canadian peacekeepers have learned at great cost that simply drawing a line across the past only goes halfway to making a peaceful present and future.
Armenia Sends Soldiers Back into Karabakh
Such movements observed in February this year, could complicate implementing the trilateral declarations among Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia, thanks to which the military hostilities of the 2020 Second Karabakh War were ended.