Georgia’s parliamentary election on October 8 will be the first in the country’s history in which no big charismatic figure is dominating the headlines.
Azerbaijani society is changing more rapidly than the authorities realize. The country will face political turbulence if the elites do not bridge the gap between rulers and ruled.
Recent protests in Armenia are the latest example of a growing gap between the Armenian government and society at large.
The Nagorny Karabakh conflict and Armenia’s inability to find a path out of it remain a heavy legacy that blocks the country’s development.
The issue of corruption should be central to foreign and international trade policy development and should inform the way U.S. assistance—military as well as civilian—is shaped.
A prerequisite to building an effective anticorruption approach is an intimate—and unflinching—examination of the specifics of corrupt operations in the individual country of interest and its physical and electronic neighborhoods.
In countries with compounded violence, political elites enjoy extreme privilege and the state apparatus becomes highly politicized. Reducing such violence follows a spiral, not straight line, trajectory.
If Georgia’s prime minister wants to be reelected later in 2016, he’s going to need something from the EU and NATO.
Georgia’s ruling party desperately needs something from the West to spur growth and employment, especially as disillusionment with NATO and the EU grows.
Renewed fighting in Nagorny Karabakh has raised the stakes for international actors. The main choice now is between serious peace talks and the risk of dangerous spillover.