Armenia

16 March 2015
Putin Weighed Nuclear Option to Protect Crimea, Ukraine’s Leader Calls for New Sanctions

Plus, Armenia’s top diplomat expresses concern about Russian arms sales to Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistani parties form alliance ahead of presidential election.

By Timothy Spence
 
12 March 2015
Was Armenia the Canary in the ‘Near-Abroad’ Coal Mine?
Russian moves vis a vis Yerevan were an early indicator of the Kremlin’s more muscular approach to its former vassal states. From openDemocracy.
By Kevork Oskanian
 
9 March 2015
Berlin Fears U.S. Hawks Hurting Ukraine Peace Efforts, Ethnic Chechens Charged in Nemtsov Murder

Plus, Kazakhstan’s longtime leader hints at retirement, and the Czech president says universities are turning out too many lawyers and economists.

By Timothy Spence
 
13 February 2015
Ukraine Fighting Continues As Truce Nears; Minsk Host Says Coffee, Cheese Helped Fuel Talks

Plus, Kosovo minister wants EU to stanch flow of asylum-seeking migrants, and Bulgaria is under fire over juvenile prison conditions.

By Timothy Spence
 
10 February 2015
Kosovans Flood Into Hungary, Ukraine Names New Chief Prosecutor

Plus, Bosnia moves closer to a functioning government, and Hungary’s Wizz Air announces a second IPO bid.

By Ky Krauthamer, Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, and Casper Frederiksen 
 
2 February 2015
Kyiv Appeals for Non-Lethal Aid; Macedonian Party Boss Accused of Colluding with Spies

Plus, Budapest demonstrators tell Orban to ‘scram,’ and fire devastates a prized Moscow library.

By Timothy Spence
 
22 January 2015
New Cracks in EU Front on Russia, Think Tank Warns of IS Push in Central Asia

Plus, tough talk from Moscow on gas for Europe, and prosecutors want Seselj back in The Hague.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
21 January 2015
Lavrov Calls for New Ukraine Cease-Fire, Russians Offered Free Land in Far East

Plus, governments scramble to defend currencies against the skyrocketing Swiss franc, and Armenia takes a fresh look at EU integration.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
19 January 2015
No New Cease-Fire for Ukraine, Mass Killing in Armenia Prompts a Call from Putin

Plus, jihadists reportedly expand their recruitment drive in Kyrgyzstan, and rights groups protest the jailing of a Macedonian journalist. 

By Timothy Spence
 
13 January 2015
Ukrainian Soldier in Russian Prison Continues Hunger Strike, Russian Soldier Held in Armenian Mass Killing

Plus, Ukraine’s fugitive former president ends up on Interpol’s list, and the Czech crown is this year’s laggard.

By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 

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