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

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (NATO)

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  

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

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by Eurasianet Crimea is becoming a growing financial burden for the Russian government. Under a three-year budget plan set to start in 2018, Moscow is covering over three-quarters of the peninsula’s operating costs. The de-facto State Council of the Republic… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

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by Zaur Shiriyev Azerbaijan’s government is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing Iranian manipulation of the country’s Shia Muslim believers.

Iran Denies Compromise on Caspian Division

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by Joshua Kucera Iran has denied Russian claims that it has agreed on how to divide up the Caspian Sea, casting doubt on reports that the decades-long dispute over the sea is about to be resolved.