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Turkmenistan: Ornaments for a Dictator

President Obama and the First Lady with President Berdymukhamedov at the Metropolituan Museum of Art in 2008.

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov's visit to New York last month to attend the UN General Assembly wasn't as impressive as past trips, and he seemed overshadowed by other Central Asian leaders -- Kyrgyzstan is seeking a seat on the UN Security Council and Uzbekistan is now newly-engaged by the US for the sake of the supply route to Afghanistan, the Northern Distribution Network (NDN).

Yet there were still those who wanted to cultivate ties to the Turkmen leader for the same reasons of energy and security and the NDN -- it's just that the efforts haven't gone as successfully as they have with other Central Asian nations.

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Turkmenistan: Ornaments for a Dictator

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