Is Armenia facing a colour revolution? Popular protests on the rise in Emerging Europe

Ben Aris in Berlin April 22, 2018

Whether or not the detention of opposition leader Nikol Pashinian proves enough to lop the head off the Armenian demonstrations, analysts will note yet another example of how ready people are across Emerging Europe to take to the streets.

LONG READ: Putin’s overwhelming election victory in Abkhazia

Filip Brokes in Sukhumi April 11, 2018

On March 18, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin won re-election for his fourth non-consecutive term in office with 77% of the vote. In the disputed Soviet Riviera of Abkhazia we won 94% as the locals pine for their faded days of glory

CEE monthly bond wrap: Russia defies the west with two bond issues

bne IntelliNews April 5, 2018

Bond issues from emerging markets were strong in the first quarter of this year with bond traders ignoring the political brouhaha.

COMMENT: Iran's one hand unbound in the South Caucasus

Emil Avdaliani in Tbilisi March 5, 2018

In the two years since Tehran was relieved of the crippling nuclear sanctions, the Iranians have looked for economic progress to their northwest. Russia, however, ensures Iran won’t find both hands free in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

COMMENT: The Turkey-Georgia-Azerbaijan trilateral

Emil Avdaliani in Tbilisi February 22, 2018

You have to look hard for a successful and enduring politico-economic alliance in the former Soviet space, but one cooperation—between Ankara, Tbilisi and Baku—is proving an exception to the rule, partly by not treading on Russia’s toes militarily.