March 14, 2018

A contemporary map of the five Central Asian states (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

A Brief History

      Historically, the Central Asian region--bordered by Iran and the Middle East to the southwest, Afghanistan and South Asia to the southeast, China to the east, and Russia...

January 16, 2018

A map of the contemporary South Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)


      Throughout their history, the territories of contemporary Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan have been pushed and pulled by the imperial ambitions of...

December 1, 2017

A map of Europe with Belarus in orange. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

A map of Europe with Ukraine in orange. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

A map of Europe with Moldova in orange. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)


      Despite their geographic closeness, the three East...

November 10, 2017

A map of the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

(Source: Wikimedia Commons)


    The Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were occupied by the Soviet Union from the early 1940s to the early 1990s and resisted Russo-Soviet control...

October 23, 2017

A map of the federal subjects of the Russian Federation (Source: Wikimedia Commons)


      On paper, the fifteen union republics of the USSR were equal members of a voluntary union. In reality, however, Russia dominated every aspect of political, economic, so...

October 5, 2017

A map of the fifteen republics of the Soviet Union (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

In March 1985, the Politburo, the highest policy-making body of the Soviet Union, elected Mikhail Gorbachev as the eighth General Secretary of the Communist Party. Convinced that a radical ov...

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