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Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

The President of China, Xi Jinping, toured Central Asia between 3-13 September, visiting Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and finally Kyrgyzstan, where he took part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit. It was the first…

Analyses | | Marek Matusiak

On 2 September Georgia's Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili confirmed that he intends to leave politics.  Though stepping down, Ivanishvili will de facto retain instruments of influence over both the ruling coalition  and the government…

Analyses | | Marek Matusiak

On 26 August in a southern village inhabited by both Orthodox and Muslim Georgians, the local authorities dismantled the minaret of the local mosque. The reasons given for this were that its construction was unauthorised. This sparked…

Analyses | | Szymon Ananicz

After a meeting in Novo-Ogariovo near Moscow on 3 September, the presidents of Russia and Armenia, Vladimir Putin and Serzh Sargsyan, adopted a statement declaring that Armenia has decided to join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus…