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Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan: No rest for the wicked

Turkmenistan’s president has gone on his summer break, leading to a phenomenal...

Turkmenistan: Keep the family close, and keep the population closer

Unlike regular people in Turkmenistan, the ruling family is getting to do...

Turkmenistan: The art of flattery

When the history books are written at the end of time, it...

Perspectives | Making dynastic rule fashionable again: The case of Turkmenistan

Dynastic rule is coming back into fashion in Central Asia. And the...

With draft convention, resolution of Caspian Sea status appears closer than ever

A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea,...

Turkmenistan: What’s left of rights?

A highly unusual document landed a prominent spot on the website of...

Russia transfers five warships out of Caspian Sea

Russia has transferred at least five warships out of the Caspian Sea...

Turkmenistan: If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov took time out of his crammed schedule this...

Turkmenistan's president effects radical switch-around of top security officials

The head of Turkmenistan’s security services has been fired and substituted by...

Turkmenistan’s mommy issues

A headline in Turkmenistan’s state media declaring the bouncing health of the...

Turkmenistan’s vicious cycle

The president of Turkmenistan’s love affair...

Uzbekistan assailed by cataclysmic sand and salt storm

Remote western regions of the Uzbekistan have for several days been assailed...

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...

Turkmenistan: Fast and furious. And broke

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

Turkmenistan says one thing, does another

In Turkmenistan, statistics are not so much a science as an art....

Turkmenistan's new $1.5 billion port: Show over substance?

Accolades are rolling in for cash-strapped, cut-off Turkmenistan’s newly opened $1.5 billion...

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...

Turkmenistan protests too much as citizens are halted from leaving country

As if for no reason, Turkmenistan’s migration authorities this week decided to...

US says Central Asia-focused ISIS recruiter killed in airstrike

The main alleged recruiter of Central Asian nationals into the ranks of...

Uzbekistan throws party for Afghanistan talks, Taliban skips

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

Perspectives | Scholar Contemplates the Limits of Change in Uzbekistan

Since assuming power over 18 months ago, Uzbekistan’s president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has cultivated...

Turkmenistan, Iran Talk Gas Swap Deals

Turkmenistan is exploring options on natural gas swap deals with Iran to...

European Investment Bank Approves $1 Billion Funding for TANAP Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 932 million Euros ($1.15 billion)...

Central Asia Leaders Confab but Stop Short of Binding Commitments

A gathering of Central Asia presidents held in Kazakhstan’s capital this week...

US Military Giving Up on Kyrgyzstan

The United States appears to have given up on military cooperation with...

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Learn to Be Friends Again

The president of Uzbekistan was due to fly out of Tajikistan around...

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...

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Railroad Set for Imminent Reactivation

Uzbekistan has reportedly completed repair works on a long-idle railroad linking it...

Turkmenistan: Visa Cards Halted Amid Foreign Currency Drought 

With the available pool of foreign currency dwindling to ever smaller amounts...

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

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

Tajikistan to Sell Electricity to Uzbekistan in Boon For Integration

Starting in April through to September, Tajikistan will export 1.5 billion kilowatt...

TAPI Enters Afghan Phase with Little Cash and Many Problems

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

As Uzbekistan’s Last Stalinist Politician Exits Scene, What Next?

The morning in Uzbekistan began, fittingly enough, with an earthquake....

Turkmenistan: Car Fuel Price Surge Causes Rush to the Pumps

As of February 1, prices for automobile gas at the pump in...

Tajikistan Resumes Building Turkmenistan-China Pipeline

Work has resumed in Tajikistan on construction work on a natural gas...

Perspectives | Uzbekistan & Tajikistan: Catalysts for a Regional Water Solution?

The continuing rapprochement between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan could provide a boost to...

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

The first specialized academy of higher learning in Uzbekistan devoted exclusively to...

Turkmenistan Bans Sex, Drugs and Violence on TV

Turkmenistan has adopted broadcasting legislation that in effect bans the depiction on...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central...

Taking the Temperature of Turkmenistan’s Economic Meltdown

In his year-end address to the nation, Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, brimmed...

Uzbekistan: President Announces Fence-Mending Visit to Tajikistan

The president of Uzbekistan announced over the weekend that he is preparing...

Iran Denies Compromise on Caspian Division

Iran has denied Russian claims that it has agreed on how to...

Caspian Pact Paves Way for Turkmen Gas Exports to Europe – Eventually

After close to 30 years of haggling over the legal status of...

Kazakhstan Looks to Azerbaijan for Gas Transit

Kazakhstan is exploring options with Azerbaijan on finding new export outlets for...

Russia Claims Caspian States Reach Agreement on Sea's Status

The five states bordering the Caspian Sea have finally agreed on "all...

Kyrgyzstan: Mr. Jeenbekov Goes to Moscow

Right out of the gate, Kyrgyzstan’s new president is seeking to prove...

China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

China is expected to be a major presence at the 28th meeting...

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...

Turkmenistan: Fear and Loathing in Ashgabat

When the opportunity arose to travel to Turkmenistan and cover the 5th Asian...

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Power Grids to Reunite in Boon for the Region

In the latest heartening indication of improving energy cooperation in Central Asia,...

Islam, the State, and Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia

It is a common assumption that the Bolsheviks, after consolidating their hold...

Central Asia and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Look at the Balance Sheet at the Centennial

Although it happened thousands of miles away, and did not reflect any...

Azerbaijan: EBRD Gives Go Ahead for Azeri Pipeline Funding Despite “Laundromat” Allegations

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s board on October 18 approved...

Turkmenistan Downgrades Parliament in Favor of People’s Council

The president of Turkmenistan has approved changes to the constitution downgrading the...

Turkmenistan: Economy, Finance Ministries Merged to Save Money

Turkmenistan has merged two key ministries in the latest of a series...

South Korea Looking for Ways to Boost Central Asian Trade

South Korean officials have established an agency to deepen the country’s trade...

Russia to Build New Home Base for Caspian Flotilla

Russia is planning to create a new home base for its Caspian...

Kazakhstan: Latin Alphabet Is Not a New Phenomenon Among Turkic Nations

Kazakhstan’s planned transition to the Latin alphabet raises complex questions. While alphabets...

Belarus Balks at Prospect of Big Investments in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan’s investment climate is so poor that even companies in one of...

Starbucks Opening in Turkmenistan is Fake News

In a plush shopping center in Turkmenistan's capital, Ashgabat, a brand new...

Turkmenistan: Liquor Ban Sends Drinkers Scrambling for Supplies

As soon authorities in Turkmenistan declared last week that the country would...

Has Turkmenistan Learned to Love Dogs? (Hint: No)

Turkmenistan loves sports, so this unusually despotic nation’s attempt to garner some...

Turkmenistan: Indoor Games Playing Tricks on Population

It was almost seven years ago that Turkmenistan announced it would host...

Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan: Energy Cooperation or Competition?

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have declared themselves strategic partners as the two sides...

Turkmenistan: President Plays Commando To Ward Off Outside Threats

Turkmenistan’s president has added to his increasingly idiosyncratic repertoire of public personae...

Turkmenistan: President Subjects Population to More Singing

Turkmenistan’s economy may be steadily slipping down the tubes, but President Gurbanguly...

Turkmenistan: Golden Statue of Late President Disappears

The cult of personality devoted to Turkmenistan’s late and mercurial President Saparmurat...

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation

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

Turkmenistan: Bribery Scandals Galore as Anti-Graft Body Gathers Strength

Another wave of corruption and bribery-related scandals is sweeping through Turkmenistan. The...

Turkmenistan Abolishes Oil and Gas Construction Company to Save Cash

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

Tajikistan Dreams of Regional Electricity Grid Rebirth

Brutal winter weather in the late 2000s delivered a knockout blow to...

Tajikistan: Rise and Fall of a Telecoms Wunderkind

A young and former high-ranking state official in Tajikistan’s communications sector has...

Tajikistan: Communications Service Monopolizing Mail?

Tajikistan’s all-powerful communications regulator, which is run by a relative of the...

Turkmenistan: President Calls Time on Welfare Benefits

The president of Turkmenistan has in a long-awaited move ordered an end...

Turkmenistan: Anti-Corruption Body Created to Fight Crisis

With the economic crisis in Turkmenistan getting only deeper, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov...

Kazakhstan: A Tale of Famine and Flight

When Nurziya Kazhibayeva was six years old, a famine swept across Kazakhstan....

Uzbekistan: Change of Tune Coming on Roghun Dam?

A top lawmaker in Uzbekistan has made public statements that may signal...

Russia Holds Military Exercises in Tajikistan -- But Why Not With CSTO?

Russia and several of its allies, including Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, are...

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

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

Tajikistan: Airlines Running Into Fuel Troubles

A lack of fuel supplies to Tajikistan’s airlines is reportedly forcing the...

Turkmenistan: Report Claims Deputy PM Committed Suicide

Foreign-based news website Chronicles of Turkmenistan has claimed in a report that...

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Pledge Game-Changing Energy, Power Cooperation

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

Turkmenistan: Is Corruption Probe Sign of Government Panic?

A very public campaign against corruption in Turkmenistan is picking up steam...

Uzbekistan: President Cannot Get Enough of Turkmenistan

When Uzbekistan’s president likes a place, he likes it to pay it...

Made in Uzbekistan Brand Wows Tajikistan

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

Uzbekistan: President in Pursuit of Big Deals in China During 5-Day Visit

The president of Uzbekistan’s travel itinerary has served as a useful shortcut...

Turkmenistan: Death and Corruption at the Top of the Tree

Occupying high office in Turkmenistan is never a comfortable affair, but this...

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan's Leaders Meet, Border Crossings Reopened

Uzbekistan’s president sent a signal in March when he decided to make...

Turkmenistan Braces for More Cost of Living Increases

Life is getting dearer in Turkmenistan. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov last week instructed...

Central Asia: Challenges Ahead for China’s Belt and Road Project

China’s bid to expand its economic presence in Eurasia – embodied in...

Russian Beyond Russia

Language is harmfully intertwined with politics these days in Eurasia. The swirling...

Turkmenistan: Might and Happiness, But Few Eggs

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

Turkmenistan Not Playing With Its Showcase Sports Event

Late one evening in early April, the president of Turkmenistan emerged, dressed...

Iranian Navy Makes First-Ever Visit to Kazakhstan

Iran's navy has made its first formal visit to Kazakhstan as Tehran...