Tajikistan and Iran: Is Dushanbe Distancing Itself from Cultural Cousin?

Iran and Tajikistan celebrate the medieval poet Rudaki, here immortalized in a central Dushanbe park. (Photo: David Trilling)

The casual visitor could not be blamed for believing Iran’s influence is ascendant in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe. Iranian pop music blasts from many of the city’s cafés. Iranian-made yellow taxis ferry a bevy of fashionable Iranian businessmen around downtown.

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Tajikistan and Iran: Is Dushanbe Distancing Itself from Cultural Cousin?

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