When Great-Power Politics Isn’t Great Enough
Turkey and Russia helped craft a cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh. But what they need is a grand bargain for the entire region.
Jihadist Networks Dig In on Social Media Across Central Asia
Almost 500 extremist channels on Telegram, VKontakte, and other networks spread propaganda and vie for recruits. Most of them have ties to the Islamic State.
Turkey’s Caucasus Adventure Risks Another Crisis in NATO
NATO allies have been at odds with Turkey for years. But Ankara’s role in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict is bringing matters to a head.
Is Georgia Ready for a Trump of Its Own?
Voters are fed up with their country’s rigid two-party political system—but that same system may block the rise of outsiders.
Russia’s Muslim Strongman Is Winning the World Cup
Ramzan Kadyrov is using sports diplomacy to bolster his image.
Russia Doesn’t Solve Conflicts, It Silences Them
The Kremlin’s involvement in the Middle East has raised Moscow’s profile while letting underlying tensions fester.
The Wait Is Finally Over: Chechen Leader Picks New Protege in ‘The Apprentice’-style Reality TV Show Finale
Ignore the corruption or human rights abuse allegations. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wants you to know he’s a really great guy, and he’s got a reality show to prove it.
The Case for Outcast Media
In authoritarian states, foreign-based media can be the best source of reliable information — as one exiled Azerbaijan news outlet proves.
A Car Bomb Rattles Georgians As Election Nears
The government in Tbilisi says all is well with democracy. But many Georgians aren’t so sure.
Another Country Gets Tired of Hope and Change
Voters in Georgia have had enough of turbulent politics. Their upcoming election is marked by apathy — and maybe that’s OK?
The Dissident’s Guide to Azerbaijan’s Formula 1 Grand Prix
One independent media organization is hoping to use the race as a guide to Azerbaijan’s endemic corruption, deteriorating press freedom, and beleaguered human rights activists.
The World’s Most Famous Dissident Journalist Returns to the Fight
Azerbaijan’s authoritarian rulers defamed, threatened, and jailed their country’s most stubborn journalist. But Khadija Ismayilova doesn’t know when to quit.
Cracking Down on Russia’s Caliphate
In Dagestan, authorities are trying to quash an Islamist insurgency that has sent hundreds of young Russians to Syria. They might be making it worse.
Azerbaijan Blasts Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian may have 66 million followers on Instagram, but that doesn’t make her an expert on the frozen conflict in the mountainous Caucasus enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Freeze the Dictator Out
Azerbaijan’s authoritarian president is in Washington this week, plainly hoping for some love — or at least attention — from President Obama. He must not get it.
Shooting of Opposition Leader Roils Georgia Ahead of Contentious Election
The shooting of Aleksi Petriashvili, a former minister, introduces a dangerous new element to Tbilisi's overheated politics.
Trump Says IED Blasts Send Troops in Armored Vehicles ‘For a Little Ride’
Thousands of U.S. troops, many of them riding in armored vehicles, have been killed by IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Paulo Rubio and Ronald Trump: How the World Sees the Iowa Caucuses
A look at what a smattering of the world’s news gatherers have had to say about Iowa.
Fall into Fall with Former Warlords!
It's the season for decorative gourds. And frolicking with Chechen strongmen!