Eurasia / Opinion

OPINION: The price of the Silk Road

Kakha Baindurashvili in Tbilisi June 18, 2018

Georgia’s East-West Highway can become a backbone of China's One Belt One Road initiative, but Tbilisi needs a very pragmatic approach coupled with smart policies to benefit from being part of the reinvented Silk Road.

COLCHIS: Georgia’s sputtering reform fires

Michael Cecire of New America June 14, 2018

It has become something of a truism that among the Euro-Atlantic aspirants, Georgia is the “leader of the pack” in terms of political and civil reforms, but reform fires have faded somewhat and the coals need stoking.

COMMENT: Russia and Iran: Friends and silent foes

Emil Avdaliani in Tbilisi June 5, 2018

The cooperation between Moscow and Tehran has been strengthened as Russia’s Middle East role grows and both powers find themselves squeezed by US sanctions. But they remain geopolitical rivals. And that hampers their partnership potential.

COMMENT: Uzbekistan reforms are a delicate matter

Kakha Baindurashvili in Tbilisi May 28, 2018

Uzbekistan's new President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met his counterpart US President Donald Trump in Washington on May 16 where his reforms were praised. But how far as the most populous country in Central Asia actually come?

BOOK REVIEW: Inside Central Asia’s largest trading hub

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest May 23, 2018

Wracked by revolutions and crippled by poverty, Kyrgyzstan nonetheless created the conditions for Bishkek’s Dordoi bazaar to become a giant trading hub for the Eurasian region.