Smart Wallet, Smart Revolution

The IT sector in Armenia has grown dramatically since the Caucasus country’s independence from the Soviet Union. It is the fastest growing sector of the economy, expanding by an average of 20% annually. Once considered to be a Silicon Valley of the USSR, Armenia has truly launched a triumph of various tech startups that are…

Commentary: Victory Day – Why remembrance is not exclusively about the past

On 9 May, people throughout the former Soviet Union, from Russia to Armenia to Kyrgyzstan, commemorated the most well-known and celebrated day of the region – the victory over fascism and Nazism in the Great Patriotic War. The celebration of the 70-year jubilee of the 1945 victory in Moscow was simply exceptional.  In fact, it was the…

Debunking a Caucasian Myth

One of the most enduring myths of Caucasus history involves the little-noticed and oddly placed border between Turkey and Azerbaijan. At first glance at any map, this border is not readily apparent and seems almost nonexistent. However, on closer inspection, one can see a small sliver of land jutting out from Turkey’s northeastern Igdir Province…