Turkic peoples, people from the Caucasus and the Central Asian states in general are portrayed terribly in the media, when they get any screen time at all. Watching Scandal on Netflix really set me off recently. There is a scene in which the fictional First Lady describes why she wants more for her daughters, and […]

Russia’s swift seizure of Crimea shocked the international community.  Undoubtedly, the events reverberated louder still in the Former Soviet nations of Central Asia.  Like Ukraine, many sit on Russian doorstep and rely heavily on their big brother to the north for trade, host sizeable ethnically Russian populations and share a history of Soviet leadership.  The […]

For those who only casually followed events in Ukraine, the trajectory of pro-European protests to full-scale revolution, to the ousting of the President, and now Russian incursions into Crimea are confusing, scary and giving people flashbacks  of a time not so long ago, as the US breaks military ties with Russia and contemplates sanctions. This […]

The Caucasus are restive. In the North Caucasus conflicts, according to International Crisis Group: “Overall in 2011, more than 750 security personnel, insurgents and civilians were killed and at least 628 were injured in the region. In the first nine months of 2012, 574 people were killed and 422 wounded.” There are active terrorist groups, […]

  The Sochi Games have already brought a lot of attention to shameless corruption and gross violations of human rights in Russia, all the while revealing the deterioration of state institutions. Thus, as a political prestige-boosting enterprise, the 2014 Winter Olympics are already a failure.                                     – Pavel K. Baev, for the Jamestown […]

I am completely devastated today to hear that Dr. Alexandros Petersen was killed in the attack on Kabul this weekend. Alex Petersen was a mentor and friend, who provided support and encouragement of all our work at Central Eurasia Standard and in our professional lives. Alex’s brain never stopped, and his passion for the region was […]

2014 is bound to be a year of pundits asking, ad nauseam, ‘What’s next for Afghanistan?” It’s an important question, especially with Iraq currently providing a harrowing harbinger of what can go wrong after a drawdown of US forces.  However, in the din surrounding the pull-out from Afghanistan, questions about strategy for the larger Central […]

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