As Jihadi Trial Ends, Kazakhstan Blurs Lines Between Opposition and Extremism

by Joanna Lillis Three men in Kazakhstan have received long prison sentences on terrorism charges at the end of an ill-tempered trial that supporters of the accused say was unjust and politically motivated.

Azerbaijani Reactions To Armenian Elections Range From Scorn To Optimism

by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijani’s government and media have heaped scorn on the recent elections in Armenia, but some optimists in the country found reason for hope that a new leadership in Yerevan could lead to progress in resolving the two countries’… Continue Reading  

Turkmenistan: A Banana Republic For Our Times

by Akhal-Teke: A Turkmenistan Bulletin The media environment in Turkmenistan has gotten so bad that even accessing state press is becoming more difficult. Parahat.info, a website that posts copies of the daily Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper in its original form, has now gone… Continue Reading  

Turkish Lira Casts Pall Over Caucasus And Central Asia

by Maximilian Hess The Turkish Lira two weeks ago ended one of the most turbulent weeks in its history, settling uneasily at six to the dollar. Turkey’s borrowing spree and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s insistence on low interest rates hastened the lira’s… Continue Reading  

Report: Pentagon Contracts Aided Airline With Ties To Azerbaijani Ruling Family

by Joshua Kucera An Azerbaijani airline with close ties to the ruling family was the beneficiary of a large Pentagon contract and an attractive loan by a U.S. government bank, a new investigation has found. The revelations are yet another chapter… Continue Reading