Russia Hits Back At Georgia Over Trade Agreement With European Union

By Liz Fuller

Just three weeks after down-playing the anticipated impact on bilateral relations of Georgia's Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with the European Union, Russia is moving to suspend the Free Trade Agreement it signed with Georgia two decades ago. Senior Georgian officials in turn are now seeking to assure the population that the Russian move does not constitute "a tragedy."

Who supports Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey’s presidential poll and why?

By Tony Cross

Turkey’s conservative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is fighting to become the country’s first-ever directly elected president. He faces two opponents – secularist Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Kurdish left-winger Selahattin Dermitas. Despite last year’s massive protests against his Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, Erdogan is ahead in the polls. So who are his supporters?

Moldova’s Gagauzia: A Model for Resolution of Karabakh Dispute?

By Paul Goble

Over the last 25 years, many proposals have been suggested for the resolution of the Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Among them have been a swapping of territories between the two former Soviet republics and autonomy for Karabakh at the level approaching that of Finland’s Aaland Islands. Despite that, the Minsk Group, charged with settling the conflict, has not been able to find a solution that squares the circle between the principles of the maintenance of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and the right of national self-determination for the ethnic Armenians of Karabakh.