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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his wife cast a vote in Astana in 2011 elections. (VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

In Kazakhstan, Instability May Be Unavoidable

On the eve of the presidential election, Kazakhstan's longtime leader is preparing to address the daunting economic and political realities facing the country. Read more…

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager speaks about the Russian energy company Gazprom in Brussels on April 22. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

EU Antitrust Charges Open New Front Against Gazprom

The Russian energy giant's influence is weakening in Europe and at home. Read more…

An Armenian Tragedy: The Geopolitics of Terminology

The choice between "genocide" and "massacre" in describing the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 indicates either support for a small country aligned with Russia or close ties with a rising power in the Middle East and the Russian periphery. Read more…