Iran Sanctions Herald Energy Trouble for Caucasus Nations

Oil fields near Baku (Juraj Kamenicky via Shutterstock)

by David O’Byrne The resumption of wide-ranging American sanctions on Iran promises economic uncertainty for the Islamic Republic’s neighbors in the Caucasus: Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Washington’s goal of reducing Iran’s oil exports to zero will not directly impact any… Continue Reading  

As Bolton Targets Russia and Iran, Is Armenia the Collateral Damage?

John Bolton in Russia

by Joshua Kucera Befitting his bull-in-a-china-shop reputation, John Bolton’s whirlwind tour of the Caucasus left a trail of geopolitical wreckage that his hosts are still trying to pick up even after Bolton himself is back in Washington. As expected, the visit… Continue Reading  

Why Georgia’s Presidential Election Is a Voter Turnoff

Salome Zourabichvili (David Monniaux via Wikimedia Commons)

by Vera Gogokhia This weekend, Georgians should be lining up to vote for president. But many, especially young people, will not vote at all. The campaign has been a lesson in how to discourage a once-engaged citizenry. It has revealed… Continue Reading  

Moscow Stirs Fear of American Germs

Lugar lab in Tbilisi (Wikimedia Commons)

by Giorgi Lomsadze In this telling, Russian pigs have become the first victims of a test run for a future offensive on humans. That was the insinuation from a recent press conference by the Russian Defense Ministry, which has noted that swine flu… Continue Reading  

A French President for Georgia?

Salome Zourabichvili  (Wikimedia Commons)

by Giorgi Lomsadze Georgia could get its first female president very soon if the establishment-backed candidate Salome Zourabichvili can watch her tongue. Backing from the ruling Georgian Dream party makes former French diplomat Salome Zourabichvili a strong contender for the presidency,… Continue Reading