Armenia’s Sargsyan Appointed PM As Protestors Declare “Velvet Revolution”

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by Grigor Atanesian Armenia’s National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to install Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister on April 17, ignoring protestors calling for the former president to step aside. On the fifth day of demonstrations, thousands rallied in Yerevan, shutting down the… Continue Reading  

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan’s unremarkable election

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by Giorgi Lomsadze Azerbaijan’s presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev won his fourth consecutive term with an 86 percent landslide, while his token rivals got crumbs of voter support – in the low single digits –… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan President Calls for Return to “Historic Lands” in Armenia

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by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijan’s president has claimed that large parts of Armenia’s territory are Azerbaijan’s “historic lands,” vowing to return to them. The fraught assertion threatens to derail any progress, however slight, in peace talks between the two countries in… Continue Reading  

Georgia: US Works to Counter Russian Narratives

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by Joshua Kucera Using means like television programs, fact-checking websites, and book clubs, the United States government is combatting what it sees as a Russia-directed disinformation campaign aimed at getting Georgians to abandon their Western geopolitical orientation. These efforts began… Continue Reading  

Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

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by Joshua Kucera The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as Washington searches for new ways to encourage Georgians to continue on their pro-Western path in spite of ever-receding hopes of joining NATO. Starting next spring,… Continue Reading