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Istanbul's storied 'suitcase trade' with ex-USSR remains resilient despite downturn

It's rush hour in Istanbul's Laleli district, and young porters are hauling...

Turkmenistan: The more it changes, the more it stays the same

Finally some good news is on the horizon for Turkmenistan....

Armenia shelves Iranian railway project as Azerbaijan steams ahead

An Armenian official has announced that the long-discussed railway line connecting the...

Turkmenistan: Lots of sinking, not much swimming

In keeping with the summer holiday season, news out of Turkmenistan has...

With new railway, Turkey seeks to isolate Armenia and integrate Azerbaijan

Kars, in far eastern Turkey, has a long history as a frontier,...

Report: Russia chides Kazakhstan on US cooperation

Russia’s top diplomat has reportedly chided Kazakhstan over Astana’s decision to provide...

Turkmenistan: Cotton bans and whitewashes

It is not often that you hear about cotton from Turkmenistan, although...

Turkmenistan: After us, the flood will come

Advancing his apparent quest to be photographed at the helm of every...

Reports: Pakistan pushes through accelerated plan for TAPI

Depending on whom you believe, the TAPI pipeline is either going to...

Turkmenistan: Taking in the dirty laundry

Akhal-Teke is a Eurasianet column compiling news and analysis from Turkmenistan....

Uzbekistan signs up to TAPI pipeline

Uzbekistan has committed to take part in constructing the natural gas pipeline...

For many Azerbaijani voters, the only choice is to laugh

Azerbaijani voters go to the polls on April 11 for a presidential...

Uzbekistan throws party for Afghanistan talks, Taliban skips

It has been many a year since Uzbekistan’s capital has seen such...

Uzbekistan Begins Building Power Line to Afghanistan

Senior officials with Uzbekistan’s state-run power company have said work has begun...

Kazakhstan Grants U.S. Access to Ports for Afghan-Bound Goods

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan have approved an agreement allowing the United States to...

Turkmenistan: TAPI Deadline Pushed Back to 2022?

The government of Turkmenistan has regularly stated it expects the trans-Afghan TAPI...

Turkmenistan's Plan B: Electricity Exports

With all the fanfare that accompanied the recent start to work on...

Turkmenistan: Work Begins on Afghan Part of TAPI, High-Voltage Cables 

Work officially began February 23 on the Afghan section of the TAPI...

Perspectives | A Guide to Central Asia's Sacred Spaces

Władysław Bukowiński, a Polish priest born in what is now Ukraine, was...

TAPI Enters Afghan Phase with Little Cash and Many Problems

It is the natural gas pipeline project that many have long said...

Tajikistan: Roghun to Begin Producing Power on President’s Day

The first turbines at Tajikistan’s Roghun hydropower plant are set to go...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Vows New Breakthrough in US Ties

The visit of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Washington has generated a...

Report: China Building Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

China is building a military base for the Afghan armed forces in...

Afghanistan Betting on Transit Corridor to Europe via Caucasus

Eurasia has no shortage of ambitious, difficult-to-implement transit route projects in the...

Turkmenistan: Iran, Saudis Dangle Exits from Energy Cul-de-Sac

In these lean times, Turkmenistan has been seeking out potential clients and...

Azerbaijani Navy Visits Iran for First Time Amid Warming Ties

Azerbaijan's navy has made its first-ever visit to Iran, signaling warming ties...

Tajikistan: Saudis Give Loans to Build Schools, But Why?

Saudi Arabia has pledged to fund to build 66 schools in Tajikistan...

China Eyes Iran as Important Belt and Road Hub

China’s strategic interest in Iran is intensifying. Chinese manufacturers are looking to...

Tajikistan: Counting the Cost of a Banking Meltdown

Before hanging himself at the beginning of August, 50-year-old Dushanbe resident Hairiddin...

Azerbaijan Quickly Becoming Turks' Best (Only?) Friend

Turkey has gone through a rough foreign policy patch over the past...

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation

By M. Ashraf Haidari, the Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the...

Turkmenistan Abolishes Oil and Gas Construction Company to Save Cash

Turkmenistan has in an attempt to slash its expenditures scrapped the state...

Kyrgyzstan, Czech Company Sign Deal to Kick-Start Stalled Hydropower Project

Kyrgyzstan has signed a deal with a Czech company specializing in renewable...

Kyrgyzstan: Alleged Chinese Embassy Attackers Jailed, Questions Linger

A court in Kyrgyzstan has sentenced three people to lengthy jail terms...

India, Pakistan Extend Reach of SCO to Half the World

After years of speculation about their accession, India and Pakistan have finally...

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

When Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited Washington in early May and...

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Pledge Game-Changing Energy, Power Cooperation

The love affair between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan shows every sign of intensifying,...

As Islamic Games Open, Azerbaijan Wrestles With Muslim Identity

With an opening ceremony rich in pageantry, Azerbaijan welcomed athletes and tourists...

Made in Uzbekistan Brand Wows Tajikistan

When a delegation of traders from Uzbekistan recently came to show off...

Tajikistan: Taliban Advances But Dushanbe Sanguine

Reports that the Taliban have captured the Zebak district Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province,...

Turkmenistan: Might and Happiness, But Few Eggs

Turkmenistan has not in recent memory experienced much trouble providing its population...

Xinjiang: China Wary of Possible Islamic State Terror Attack

Chinese authorities are on high alert in western Xinjiang province after the...

Central Asia: Chinese Authorities on High Alert in Xinjiang Over IS Threat

Chinese authorities are on high alert in western Xinjiang Province after the...

Turkmenistan: Salesman President Pleads for Help from Qatar

The president of Turkmenistan embarked on a two-day trip to Qatar this...

Azerbaijan: Ties with Pakistan Focusing on Arms and Energy

Azerbaijan’s diplomatic contacts with Pakistan have intensified over the past year, with...

Uzbekistan: Leader Pays Bridge-Building Visit to Turkmenistan

The president of Uzbekistan’s maiden foreign trip, to Turkmenistan, may prove a...

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained...

Turkmenistan, Iran Gas Dispute Serves as Ill Omen for New Year

In the dying days of 1997, the leaders of Turkmenistan and Iran...

Xinjiang: Uighurs Grapple with Travel Restrictions

Ethnic Turkic-speaking Uighurs in China have long faced restrictions relating mainly to...

Russia Promises Tajikistan "Large Quantity" of Military Aircraft

Russia has promised a "large quantity" of military aircraft to Tajikistan over...

Armenia Nixes Pakistan’s Ties With CSTO

Armenia has blocked Pakistan from becoming an observer in the Collective Security...

Can Taylor Swift Help Keep Afghanistan Moving Forward?

Proliferating blast walls and security checkpoints have transformed the Afghan capital, Kabul,...

Turkey Pursues a Reset with Uzbekistan

The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, arrived for a two-day visit...

Uzbekistan to Get Its Own Islamabad in Late Leader’s Honor?

There is talk afoot that Uzbekistan is planning to rename a town...

Chinese PM Visits Bishkek as Embassy Bombing Remains Unsolved

China's prime minister, on a visit to Bishkek, called the security situation...

Central Asia: Traveling the Great Game Borderlands

Three of Central Asia’s republics, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, border Afghanistan along...

China Holds Anti-Terror Exercises on Afghanistan-Tajikistan Border

China has conducted its first-ever joint bilateral military exercises in Tajikistan, a...

In TV Interview, Few Cracks in Facade of Russia-Azerbaijan Ties

During a largely friendly interview with Russian state media, Azerbaijan President Ilham...

I'm Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov And I'm Asking For Your Vote

Authorities in Turkmenistan have announced that the country will conduct a presidential...

Struggling Economy Forces Big Defense Spending Cuts in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is facing a large decrease in its military budget as state...

Central Asia: Measuring the Geopolitical Impact of the Bishkek Bombing

While attention in Central Asia in late August was fixated on the...

Uzbekistan: Cinematic Morality Tale Chronicles the Rise and Fall of Ferghana Radicalism

Namangan, a city in Uzbekistan’s portion of the Ferghana Valley, was aflame...

Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan Deepen "Anti-Terror" Ties

Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan have set up a "Quadrilateral Cooperation and...

Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkish Leaders to Meet for Gas Talks

A high-level meeting reportedly set to take place later this year in...

Tajikistan Jails Leading Salafist Figure

A court in Tajikistan has sentenced the leader of an ultraconservative Islamic...

Tajikistan: Italians Picked for Rogun Dam Contract

The state commission in charge of the project for Tajikistan’s Rogun mega-dam...

SCO Summit Yields More Questions Than Answers

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization's summit concluded with few concrete results and plenty...

SCO Continues To Expand, But To What End?

As the 15th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is set to...

Tajikistan: Prison Breakout Linked to Islamist Radicalism

Authorities in Tajikistan have said they have all but contained a breakout...

Tajikistan: Opposition Leaders Sentenced to Life in Jail

The leadership of what was once Tajikistan’s last surviving genuine opposition party...

Turkmenistan: Is Pipeline Project Trying to Mask Ashgabat’s Fiscal Woes?

Proponents of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline say the much-discussed, long-delayed project will...

Don't Worry, Russia: China's Not Starting A "Central Asian NATO"

In an apparent attempt to assuage Russian concerns, Chinese defense officials have...

Turkmenistan Shows Off New Chinese Rockets

Turkmenistan showed off its newly acquired Chinese air defense systems during military...

Tajikistan: Militant Islamists Seen Mainly Among Migrant Laborers

Tajikistan’s top prosecutor decided this week to flesh out the official explanation...

China Proposes New Central Asian Military Alliance

China's plans to create a new Central Asian security bloc have raised...

Russia, Tajikistan Start Large-Scale Military Exercises On Afghan Border

Russia and Tajikistan have begun large-scale military exercises to practice defending against...

Georgia, Tajikistan, Among Countries Most Dependent On U.S. Military Aid

By Pentagon budget standards, the countries of the former Soviet Union are...

Pakistani Army Leader Makes First Visit To Tajikistan

The chief of Pakistan's army visited Tajikistan this week, vowing Pakistan's "full...

Tajikistan: Ultra-Conservative Muslim Leader Reportedly Arrested

Police in Tajikistan have reportedly arrested Salafist leader Muhammadi Rahmatullo in what...

Watchdog Says Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Among World’s Most Corrupt

An international monitoring group says people around the world demonstrated to governments...

Economy and Sanctions Derail Russia’s Central Asian Investments

After years of embarking on promising forays into Central Asia’s economy, Russia...

How Much Should the United States Still Care About Central Asia?

The United States has struggled in the post-Soviet era to define a...

With Sanctions Lifted, Iran Ready For SCO

With international sanctions lifted, Iran is ready to become a full member...

Tajikistan’s Islam-Averse Leader Goes to Mecca

In a striking change of tack from his regular aversion to all...

Turkmenistan: Russia Suspends Gas Supplies

In a move to be expected, Russian gas behemoth Gazprom has formally...

Turkmenistan: Work Starts on TAPI, But Will It Finish

Leaders from Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India gathered in Ashgabat on December...

Tajikistan Tightens Up on SIM Cards as Security Measure

Tajikistan's parliament has approved amendments to the country's electronic-communications law that pave...

Turkmenistan: President Orders Start to Work on TAPI Pipeline

Turkmenistan has fired the starting pistol on the ambitious TAPI natural gas...

Turkmenistan Reshuffles Security Chiefs As Afghan Unrest Deepens

Turkmenistan’s president has reshuffled the country’s top security officials in a major...

Uzbekistan: US Embassy Targeted by Firebombs

The United States diplomatic mission in Uzbekistan has been targeted in a...

Horse Breeding and Human Rights in Turkmenistan

Earlier this month, authorities in Turkmenistan allowed a prominent cultural icon, Geldy...

Uzbekistan Says Tashkent Bomb Blast Was Readiness Test

A bomb exploded in Tashkent, close to the city’s main bazaar, in...

Consortium Leader Picked for Trans-Afghan Pipeline

The pipeline intended to forge a new export route through Afghanistan for...

Russia Kicks Off International Army Games With Tank Biathlon, Caspian Contest

Russia has kicked off its inaugural "International Army Games," an Olympic-style competition...

IMU Pledges Allegiance to Islamic State

Only days after the death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar was announced,...

Turkey: Support for Uighurs Could Undercut Ties with China

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s state visit to China later this month...

Tajikistan Anticorruption Agency Chases Islamic Radicals

A government anticorruption agency in Tajikistan headed by the president’s son has...

Central Asians Concerned About India, Pakistan Joining SCO

Central Asian states are eyeing with concern the planned expansion of the...

SCO Summit Provides Few Concrete Results, But More Ambitious Goals

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization has wrapped up its annual summit, and while...

Central Asia: India Woos Regional Leaders

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the middle of a five-nation...