Brian Whitmore takes a step back and looks at election monitoring in light of the controversy over the Moldovan elections.
Liz Fuller argues that despite signs that Kadyrov is going it alone, Chechnya remains bound to Moscow because of its economic weakness.
In an interview, the Iranian lawyer of the family of U.S. citizen Robert Levinson, who disappeared during a trip to Iran two years ago, believes that Levinson is alive and is being kept in Iran.
And Bruce Pannier discusses the deepening divisions over water in Central Asia.
-- Luke Allnutt