Latest Former Soviet Union Analysis

Russia Nervously Eyes the U.S.-Iran Deal

The diminishing animosity between Washington and Tehran will weaken Russia's influence over energy supplies in Europe and Moscow's political clout in the Middle East. Read more…

An Armenian serviceman guards an area near the village of Movses, close to the border with Azerbaijan, in February 2015. (KAREN MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

In Nagorno-Karabakh, the Possibility of Escalation Lingers

Although all-out war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region is unlikely, skirmishes and emphatic rhetoric indicate that escalations could occur. Read more…

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. Read more…