Mass Protests in Georgia and Geopolitical Standoff in Caucasus

Mass Protests in Georgia and Geopolitical Standoff in Caucasus

NATO outpost in the Caucasus? Georgia’s pro-Western course is in many respects a left-over from the 1990s, when alignment with the West and membership in its institutions was actively promoted as a cure-all for every problem ailing the country. Georgia’s leaders continue to place their hopes in their country’s eventual admission into NATO, and are…

Georgia’s “Rave Revolution” Began in Armenia and Might End in Azerbaijan

Georgia’s “Rave Revolution” Began in Armenia and Might End in Azerbaijan

Thousands of young protesters swarmed Tbilisi’s streets as part of what they claim is their impromptu “White Noise” movement that arose in response to the authorities’ latest anti-drug raids against their city’s most popular night clubs last Friday. They allege that too many innocents were unnecessarily roughed up by police after they burst into two…

The BTK Railway is Turkey’s Silk Road Corridor to Central Asia

The BTK Railway is Turkey’s Silk Road Corridor to Central Asia

President Erdogan declared that the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is “an important chain in the New Silk Road, which aims to connect Asia, Africa, and Europe” while speaking in the Azerbaijani capital during at the opening ceremony for this transnational connectivity corridor. The event was also attended by the Prime Ministers of Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, as…