Thomas De Waal

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 06:27
The Georgian government’s move to take over Rustavi-2 television drags the country further into the politics of vendetta.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 08:37
The story of Georgia’s pursuit of NATO membership has been a saga without an ending ever since the mid-1990s when the Georgian government first expressed a desire to join the alliance.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 06:01
Those who want to see the Caucasus as a tidy geopolitical chessboard will be disappointed.
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 07:51
Azerbaijan has picked a fight with the U.S. government. The simplest explanation for this may be that President Aliyev is as paranoid and isolated as their actions suggest. If United States want to maintain influence in Azerbaijan it should find messengers who can get through some thick palace walls.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 08:56
For example, they could monitor the ceasefire more vigilantly, as the Armenians want, and they could also report on the situation in the occupied Azerbaijani territories around Karabakh—an issue of concern to Baku.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 08:11
Armenian and Azerbaijani narratives have filled the airwaves and the international mediators have said little to contradict them. To hear one of the co-chairs air some truths in public was refreshing.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 08:09
The other is that, in the wake of the Russian offensive against Ukraine and visits by officials such as U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague, the Baku government has come to believe that Azerbaijan is an indispensable energy supplier and therefore immune to Western criticism.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 09:01
But, given a choice, many South Ossetians would welcome the chance of union with the much bigger republic of North Ossetia on the other side of the mountains to form a single republic of “Alania” inside Russia.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:16
It was telling how the U.S. State Department human rights report did not find much to criticize in the trial of the former enforcer of the old regime, Vano Merabishvili, while noting an overall improvement in the human rights situation.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 11:41
But its ability to deliver a peace settlement now looks even more diminished and Vladimir Putin's calculus on Karabakh is likely to be different from what it was a few months ago, as it is on everything else in his "near abroad."