Amid Iran Crisis, U.S. Offers Big Military Aid Boost to Azerbaijan

by Joshua Kucera As the U.S. has ratcheted up diplomatic and military pressure on Iran, it has been quietly offering neighboring Azerbaijan more than $100 million in military aid. The money appears aimed at countering threats from Tehran.

Amid Georgia-Russia Crisis, U.S. Stays Quiet

by Joshua Kucera As Georgia finds itself in the deepest crisis with Russia since the 2008 war between the two countries, Tbilisi’s closest ally, the United States, has been conspicuously quiet.

New Right-Wing Groups Confront Armenia’s Revolutionary Government

by Joshua Kucera and Ani Mejlumyan A group that recently emerged in Armenia has a familiar list of enemies: LGBT advocates, the European Union, George Soros. Its members are fond of wearing black shirts and trumpeting aggressive, conservative views. That orientation at… Continue Reading  

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  

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

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