Category Georgia

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 […]

AGRI LNG: From Turkmenistan to Europe

The Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania-Hungary Natural Gas Interconnector (AGRI) plans to transport natural gas for Turkmenistan via LNG tanker across the Caspian to the Sangachal Terminal in Eastern Azerbaijan.  From there the LNG will be gasified and transmitted across Azerbaijan and Georgia to the planned Kulevi Terminal on the Black Sea where it will be re-liquefied for a […]

Gangster Squad: The Caucasus

Gangsters brings to mind an age of machine guns, cigars, prohibition, bombshell damsels looking for a way out, and most recently, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling being attractive together. There’s a vague remembrance that these are people whose lifestyles are predicated on extortion, violence, oppression, and death. But when it’s just so romanticized by Hollywood, […]

Kazakhstan’s violent year, Uzbekistan cuts off gas to Tajikistan (again) and a tale of piety in Georgia

As documented earlier this year by CES contributor Casey Michel, Kazakhstan’s border services had a rough 2012 – there were two mass murders in May and on December 25, the head of the Border Service was killed in a transport plane crash. This article, from RFE/RL, By Kazis Toguzbaev and Daisy Sindelar, documents events on the border in 2012 in […]

Thomas de Waal’s Foreign Affairs article on Georgia: A quick summary

There’s been a lot of concern about political turmoil in Georgia, much of which this blog has attempted to document. In an effort to keep coverage balanced, CES wanted to highlight to readers a recent article in Foreign Affairs by Thomas de Waal, a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who specializes in Eurasia, particularly conflict reporting […]

Gulnara Karimova’s Twitter Fight with Central Asianists, More on Georgia and being Vegetarian in Mongolia

Gulnara’s Twitter Fight: If you’re interested in Central Asia, and follow one or two of these talented folks online, you’re probably aware that Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, got into a bit of a spat via Twitter this week with some CA analysts and journalists. We’ve discussed her recent deluge of headlines recently, […]