The president's sudden buck-passing to specialists is a little anxiety-inducing, since it may indicate something is wrong.
New technology said to have discovered gas field emissions that have the planet-warming impact of driving 250,000 internal-combustion cars.
A handful of rare protests have sparked speculation that the regime could soon be dealing with an explosion of discontent. The evidence for that, however, remains thin.
Unlike his predecessor, the new US president will at least take an interest in issues such as Georgia's deep divisions, organised crime in the Kyrgyz government and Nagorno-Karabakh. But his in-tray is rather full with other pressing matters.
2020 was a bad year for human rights around the world, but the US’ upcoming Biden presidency is an opportunity for change, says Human Rights Watch.