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Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimukhammedov at a signing ceremony in Budapest on June 18, 2014. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkmenistan Faces Unprecedented Challenges in 2015

The risk of instability does not seriously threaten the government's survival, but it will force Ashgabat to act more cautiously in its foreign policy.

A view of oil derricks on the shore of the Caspian Sea just outside Baku. (MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

How Azerbaijan Is Coping With Crisis

Baku's position amid a decline in oil prices and a conflict in Ukraine is relatively good, but in flux.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev speak to the media in Berlin on Jan. 21. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Armenia and Azerbaijan Feel the Effects of the Ukraine Standoff

With Russia's attention drawn to Ukraine, the two Caucasus countries have become more important regionally and in the broader geopolitical conflict between Moscow and the West.