Category Armenia

Euromaidan protests : How are Central Asia and the Caucasus reacting?

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 […]

10 Reasons the US Foreign Policy Community Can’t Afford to Ignore Eurasia

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 […]

CES News Round Up: Kazakh Peacekeepers, the Safarov Affair and Mongolia’s New Government

After recent encouragement, we’ve decided to make the news round up a regular feature at CES, with the goal of rounding up news for our readers at least twice during the business week and once on weekends, while still bringing you regular analysis of interesting stories from the region. Kazakhstan Reportedly Eyeing African UN Peacekeeping […]

CES News Round Up

Apologies, readers, for the lack of coverage the past week – times have been hectic as the fall starts. A longer analytical article on water wars is forthcoming but for now, here’s what we’ve really enjoyed reading the past week. “The First Political Trial in Kazakhstan” by Casey Michel at Registan: Article is a great explanation of […]

Presidential Elections held in Nagorno-Karabkh

On Thursday, presidential elections were held in Nagorno-Karabkh.This enclave is Azerbaijani, but populated primarily by ethnic Armenians who are trying to separate from Azerbaijan. The region has been fought over for two decades following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The winner of the election was the incumbent candidate, Bako Saakyan. The EU and other countries do […]

Crisis Group puts out a new report on Armenia

A quick post to let everyone know that International Crisis Group released a report on Armenia, calling for leadership within the government to retain the state’s legitimacy. The report states that without leadership, the government will be unable to implement comprehensive reforms, root out corruption and attempt peace talks with to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The full report […]

Border skirmishes between Azerbaijan and Armenia

News reports are indicating that five Azeri soldiers and three Armenia soldiers have been killed in the past two days as border skirmishes over Nagorno-Karabakh reignite. Further gunfire exchanges reportedly continued Tuesday night, though no casualties had been reported at the time of writing. Both sides have blamed each other for starting the skirmishes. Azerbaijan […]