New Caspian Accord Resolves Some Issues, Not All

Old Soviet Volga car and abandoned oil rig on the shore of Caspian sea, Azerbaijan (Shutterstock)

by Mark N. Katz Ever since the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, the five states bordering the Caspian Sea (Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Iran) have been unable to reach agreement on a legal regime for the body… Continue Reading  

Will Russia Bring Home Children Who Lived in Islamic State?

Zagidat Abakarova, 33, and her one-year-old daughter Mariam, returned to Dagestan, Russia, from northern Syria in October 2018 (Tanya Lokshina)

By Tanya Lokshina “I thought she was in Turkey, close to the Syrian border, but still in Turkey… and then they told me she was in Iraq.” Galina’s eyes fill with tears as she picks at her salad in a… Continue Reading  

Wagner vs. the Russian Media

Photos of the three Russian journalists killed in the Central African Republic

by David Isenberg Some things don’t go together: water and electricity, science and religion, Donald Trump and basic human decency. The latest entry is journalists and Wagner, the Russian private military company. Wagner is the increasingly prominent Russian private military… Continue Reading  

Armenian Settlements: Occupied Territory or Homeland?

Dadivank Monastery, near Kelbajar (Joshua Kucera)

by Joshua Kucera When Alexander Kananyan moved to Kelbajar in 2000, it was “completely destroyed,” he recalls. There was no electricity or telephone service, and he had to walk up to 40 kilometers to catch any sort of transportation. But… Continue Reading  

Pakistan Elections—Maybe Good News for Pakistan, But Not for U.S.

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by Graham E. Fuller A bold new political face has come to power in the recent Pakistani elections, possibly offering the US a new opportunity in that country. Sadly the opportunity will likely be squandered—again. There’s something about Pakistani and… Continue Reading