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U.S. Foreign Policy Manipulation via Media Is Systemic, Warns Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 09.23.2014 | Media
Till Bruckner

Foreign policy pundits have had a rough time recently in Washington, D.C.

Geopolitics of Humiliation

Jacques Attali | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Jacques Attali

Some voices in Washington and Moscow, are already expressing the worst nationalist, conspiracy and warmonger views, that will lead to the worst, simply by the vicious circle of foolishness and resentment.

Top 5 Georgian Dishes

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 06.23.2014 | Home
Jared S. Baumeister

If there were a Mt. Rushmore of Georgian dishes, khinkali would be George Washington.

Network Shutout in Russia Casts Shadow Over Pussy Riot's Tour

Sven Carlsson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Sven Carlsson

The independent TV network Dozhd -- where the band's two jailed members held a press conference after their release -- might be taken off air throughout Russia anytime soon.

Putin's Sochi Challenge

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.07.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

While Mr. Putin may rightly bask in the light of his many accomplishments in foreign policy, and having presided over the energy boom that thrived during much of his first term in office, he is now faced with some serious issues that cast a pall over Sochi.

Another 'Georgia on My Mind'

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.28.2014 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

A walk down Rustaveli Avenue, so named after a 12th Century Georgian poet, on a cold January morning allowed me to appreciate some of the country's history, which my guide recounted with relish.

The Dark Secret Behind the Sochi Olympics: Russia's Efforts to Hide a Tsarist-Era Genocide

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

The origins of the recent bombings and the terror threat that hangs over the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi lies in this region once known as the "Graveyard of the Russian Empire." And ironically enough, it does have to do with freedom as Bush stated in his explanation, only in this case the Caucasian mountaineers' loss of their freedom.

What the Year 2014 Holds for the Middle East and the Caucasus

Claude Salhani | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

It is that time of year again when analysts are asked to put on their thinking cap and try to predict what the coming 12 months may hold for some the more troubled regions of the world. This is by no means a simple exercise.

Visiting the Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Katie Aune | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Katie Aune

Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan seem to be well-kept secrets from many Western travelers. With a fascinating history, a plethora of attractions and relatively low prices, the region shouldn't stay a secret for long.

Stabbing Death Sets Off Street Riots In Moscow

AP | Posted 10.14.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- MOSCOW (AP) — The stabbing death of an ethnic Russian man has ignited anger in Moscow against people from the Caucasus, with demonstrators...

Exploring Tbilisi's Endangered Art Nouveau

Jennifer Walker | Posted 09.21.2013 | Travel
Jennifer Walker

Tbilisi may be one of the great art nouveau cities of Europe, but it's one that hasn't received the recognition it deserves - and perhaps by the time it does, it'll be too late.

Once Again, Tragedy Expands Our World Vision

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
Carnegie Corporation of New York

My daughter -- along with everyone else's sons and daughters, those who we will have to entrust with leading our nation in the future -- already has no choice but to be attuned to the mosaic of peoples who occupy the dots on the world map.

An Unlikely Foodie Haven In The Caucasus

Scott Norvell | Posted 06.22.2013 | Travel
Scott Norvell

It's mid-March in Baku, the waning days of a bleary Caspian winter, and every time we sit down to eat, the most incongruous array of fresh produce is ...

WATCH: Zorb Ride In Russian Mountains Turns Deadly

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 01.09.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- It was supposed to be a thrilling ride down a ski slope inside a giant inflatable ball that is to be one of the symbols of next year's Winte...

Exploring The Alluring Caucasus

Tara Isabella Burton | Posted 09.10.2012 | Travel
Tara Isabella Burton

Svaneti, the most famous and far-flung of Georgia's mountain provinces, has come to represent an idolized version of what is typically Georgian: a land of folk-heroes and strange mists, of crumbling towers and sacrificed goats.

Georgia's Black Sea Playground

Tara Isabella Burton | Posted 10.23.2012 | Travel
Tara Isabella Burton

Ever-strange, often invigorating, Batumi's curious charm makes it an ideal seaside destination for travelers in search of the decidedly unconventional.

Rediscovering A 'Discovered' City In Tbilisi, Georgia

Tara Isabella Burton | Posted 08.10.2012 | Travel
Tara Isabella Burton

A few nights ago, at an Ossetian dive bar in the heart of the Tbilisi's historic district, my long-suffering English boyfriend was forcibly (if amiably) abducted by a table of Georgian men who insisted on testing his Anglo-Saxon constitution with copious amounts of cha cha (essentially gasoline schnapps).

Georgian Eggplant Rolls with Walnut-Garlic Filling

Jenny Holm | Posted 10.05.2012 | Taste
Jenny Holm

I first tasted Georgian food as an exchange student in Moscow. This was one of my favorites, the tender fried eggplant forming a finger-friendly pocket around its pungent filling, nutty and creamy and herbal in a way I'd never experienced before.

Why Kick Sand in Moscow's Face?

Eric Margolis | Posted 08.14.2012 | World
Eric Margolis

Avoiding confrontations with a major nuclear power is obvious. Yet the United States and Russia are ignoring such common sense in their increasingly heated war of words over Syria's civil war.

Clashes In Violence-Plagued Russian Region Leave 13 Dead

AP | Posted 03.28.2012 | World

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Russian officials say an Islamist warlord, seven militants, four officers and one civilian have been killed in three sep...

Car Bomb In Southern Russia Kills Eight

AP | Posted 11.28.2011 | World

MOSCOW -- Investigators say a powerful car bomb killed eight people, including an 11-year-old girl and a police officer, in Russia's volatile Dagestan...

Obama Can Now Replace Bryza With a New Nominee as Ambassador to Azerbaijan

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

At this point, the ideal option for Obama would be to abandon Matthew Bryza's flawed candidacy for ambassador to Azerbaijan and name another less controversial nominee who could be confirmed by the Senate.

Overcoming negative stereotypes in the South Caucasus

Daniel Maree | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Maree

This guest post was written by Onnik Krikorian and originally appeared on the World Development Report 2011 blog on August 6, 2010. In the 16 yea...

Power Plant Attacked In Russia, 2 Killed

AP | SERGEI VENYAVSKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Two carloads of assailants attacked a hydroelectric station in southern Russia early Wednesday, killing two workers and ...

One Year After Cairo Speech: The U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University in Egypt one year ago was ground-breaking and transformational. While its impact was an...