A Walk Down Putin Avenue

Life inside the first city that Russia’s strongman crushed and conquered.


The Costs of Exile

These days, the authorities in post-Soviet countries are making a habit of persecuting their opponents in order to maintain social control. In many cases, the ...


Trouble in Tbilisi

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili's decision to sack the country's minister of defense, Irakli Alasania, has rattled the fragile Georgian Dream political coalition of six ...


The Complicated Life of Georgia’s Philosopher President

The president of Georgia has the soft but persuasive voice of an academic. After almost a year in office, Giorgi Margvelashvili, a former university rector ...

The Cable

Exclusive: Georgia Offers to Host Training Camp for Syrian Rebels

This post has been updated. In a potential boost for the Obama administration, the former Soviet republic of Georgia has offered to host a training ...


You Can’t Go Home Again

TBILISI, Georgia — In an apartment near the city of Zugdidi, in western Georgia, middle-aged Salome* sits with her grown children and relatives talking about ...


How to Beat Down a Bully

The international community is at long last beginning to take a strong stand against Moscow's aggression in eastern Ukraine. There is solid evidence indicating not ...


Azerbaijan Talks Tough as Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Heats Up

One day after President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan threatened war with neighboring Armenia via Twitter, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry issued a statement saying that the country ...


Saakashvili Doesn’t Need a Little Help from His Friends

Sen. John McCain and others in Washington are attempting to bully an ally. In late July, the Georgian government announced that it is seeking to ...


Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, June 30, 2014

To catch Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Maldivian political activist Mohamed Nasheed reflects on his experiences as a pro-democracy ...

Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

Obama Hammers Sony for Pulling ‘The Interview’

Obama Hammers Sony for Pulling ‘The Interview’

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