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Turkmenistan: Digging your way out of trouble

There is a sequence in Barbet Schroeder’s 1974 documentary about the late Ugandan leader...

Turkmenistan: Caspian windfall can’t come quickly enough

On August 12, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was in Aktau, Kazakhstan, to take...

American congressman visits Azerbaijan; was energy security or collusion on the agenda?

A United States congressman is visiting the Caucasus in a show of...

Caspian agreement may trigger cascade of energy projects

A convention on the Caspian Sea to be signed at an upcoming...

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

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

Turkmenistan: Lots of sinking, not much swimming

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

Turkmenistan: No rest for the wicked

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

Kazakhstan’s Astana turns 20: A tale of two capitals

The capital of Kazakhstan has just enjoyed a 20th-birthday blowout costing more...

Turkmenistan: The art of flattery

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

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

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

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...

Azerbaijan's "dream" pipeline commissioned – but troubles remain

Upwards of a thousand dignitaries – including the presidents of Turkey, Georgia,...

Report: Russia chides Kazakhstan on US cooperation

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

Kazakhstan: Government concerns for media ring hollow

With their country consistently ranked near the bottom of international press freedom...

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...

Turkmenistan: Taking in the dirty laundry

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

Mystery over 2014 illnesses in western Kazakhstan village rumbles on

Four years on, the mystery over a village in Kazakhstan where dozens...

New report lifts lid on Azerbaijani elites’ business empires

Azerbaijan’s most powerful families have been using offshore networks to make investments...

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

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

With Port Project, Georgia Seeks Place on China's Belt and Road

For years, Beijing has cast a shadow on a patch of swamp...

Azerbaijan: Painting With Oil – No, Not that Oil

One day, when he was seven years old, Sabir Chopuroglu's parents brought...

Turkey Suspends Talk Show for ‘Insulting’ Azeri Leader and Wife

Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog suspended a popular talk radio program and slapped one...

Iran's Caspian Flagship "Seriously Damaged"

The flagship of Iran's Caspian naval fleet has been seriously damaged, and...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

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

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...

Iran Launches New Corvette on Caspian

Iran has launched a new warship on to the Caspian, in what...

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...

Full Steam Ahead: Long-Awaited Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Opens

The launch of a new railway in the South Caucasus has the...

Azerbaijani Navy Visits Iran for First Time Amid Warming Ties

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

Russia to Build New Home Base for Caspian Flotilla

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

Azerbaijan and BP Cement Ties Through 2050

The government of Azerbaijan signed a new production sharing agreement (PSA) with the...

Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan: Energy Cooperation or Competition?

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

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

Established in 1997, GUAM—a platform named after its members Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan,...

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

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

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Pledge Game-Changing Energy, Power Cooperation

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

Uzbekistan: President Cannot Get Enough of Turkmenistan

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

Azerbaijan: Racing to Develop Natural Gas Potential

Back in 1994, when the so-called “Contract of the Century” was signed,...

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

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

Iranian Navy Makes First-Ever Visit to Kazakhstan

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

China’s Strategy in the Caucasus

When leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia took part in a session titled...

At Summit, Aliyev and Nazarbayev Talk Trade and Karabakh

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev traveled across the Caspian on an official visit...

Turkmenistan: Salesman President Pleads for Help from Qatar

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

Uzbekistan: Leader Pays Bridge-Building Visit to Turkmenistan

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

Kazakhstan: The Labor Crackdown and Possible Unintended Consequences

Things are getting serious again in western Kazakhstan. This oil-rich region on...

Turkmenistan's Navy Shows Off New French Missiles

Turkmenistan has equipped its naval vessels with new anti-aircraft weapons, suggesting that...

Azerbaijan: Energy Hopes vs. Italian Olive Groves

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline is a key element of Azerbaijan’s efforts to export...

Turkmenistan's Leader Heads to Russia for Talks With Putin

The president of Turkmenistan is due visit Moscow on November 1 for...

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

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

Kazakhstan: Oil Strike Over in Zhanaozen

An oil strike that started in late September in the western Kazakhstan...

Turkmenistan Adopts Constitution Broadening President’s Powers

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has made a major stride toward being enshrined...

U.S., Bulgaria to Start Joint NATO Air Patrols

The United States and Bulgaria will conduct joint air patrols for the...

Russia Signals Intentions to Fire More Missiles from Caspian

Russia asked Iran and Iraq for permission to to use their airspace...

Presidents of Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia, Meet, with Armenia in Background

The presidents of Russia, Iran, and Azerbaijan met in Baku this week, for...

Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkish Leaders to Meet for Gas Talks

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

Is the Caspian Sea Dispute Finally About to be Resolved?

Are the five states around the Caspian Sea finally going to resolve...

Coup Attempt Ripple Effect: Azerbaijan Closes TV Station

Azerbaijan, a strategic ally of Turkey, has suspended a national TV station...

Azerbaijan – Oriental Express Hub? 

With the first Mumbai-to-Moscow train scheduled to chug through Azerbaijan this August, railways seem...

Azerbaijan’s Formula One: Engines Rev Up, Air Quality Goes Down

The upcoming June 17-19 Formula One race in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, may...

Kazakhstan Enlisting European Tech To Build Caspian Navy

Kazakhstan is teaming up with German, Turkish, and Spanish firms to boost...

Azerbaijan Has Advantage Over Armenia In U.S. Military Aid

Azerbaijan has gotten $20 million in military aid from the U.S. Department...

Turkmenistan Starts Massive, Unprecedented Military Exercises

Turkmenistan's armed forces are conducting unprecedented large-scale, unannounced exercises, an indication of...

Georgia’s DIY Oil Pipeline: The Art of Concealing Crude under Cabbage

While Georgia’s been caught up recently in a major pipeline competition, with...

Kazakhstan Stepping Up Defenses Against Caspian Marine Invasion

Kazakhstan is acquiring new naval mines to help defend its shores on...

As Russia Plans New Caspian Assault Ship, Some Wonder: Assault Whom?

Russia's plans to introduce a new amphibious assault ship into its Caspian...

Turkey and Russia: History Fuels Rancor

A long history of mutual enmity is exacerbating tension between Turkey and...

Russia, NATO, Both Start Exercises On Black Sea

Russia is conducting snap exercises around the Black Sea and southern Russia...

Major Eurasian Railroad Sees Landmark Maiden Shipment

A cargo train carrying a test shipment along the recently completed China-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran...

Economy and Sanctions Derail Russia’s Central Asian Investments

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

Azerbaijan Denies Asking for $4-Billion Bailout

Azerbaijan on January 28 denied reports of having asked for billions of...

Turkey Hunts for Alternatives to Russian Energy

With Russian-Turkish relations bottoming out after Turkey’s downing of a Russian military...

Post-Sanctions, Iran Looms as the Energy Game-Changer in the Caucasus

The ending of international sanctions against Iran could soon send Iranian gas...

Following Russia, Kazakhstan Tests Missile On Caspian

Kazakhstan has, for the first time, launched an anti-aircraft missile from a...

'Torture by Hunger': Horse Breeder Describes Desperate Days in Turkmen Prison

After armed guards led Geldy Kyarizov through the gates of Ovadan Depe,...

Putin: We Need Caspian Airspace For Military Operations

The disruption of air traffic over the Caspian Sea is a sacrifice...

Russia Launches More Cruise Missiles From Caspian To Syria

Russia has launched another salvo of missiles at Syrian targets from the...

South Korean Admiral Makes Caspian Tour

The head of South Korea's navy is on a short tour around...

Top U.S. Navy Official Visits Baku, Dushanbe

The United States Secretary of the Navy has visited Azerbaijan amid heightened...

Turkmenistan: President Orders Start to Work on TAPI Pipeline

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

Azerbaijani, Armenian Leaders Visit Georgia to Talk Gas

In the space of a week, the leaders of both Armenia and...

Without Explanation, Iranian Navy Skips Baku Visit

Iran's navy appears to have quietly scrapped plans to make its first-ever...

Russia Launches Another Long-Range Missile From Caspian

Less than a month after its first-ever launch of a cruise missile...

Report: German Energy Company to Pull Out of Turkmenistan

German company DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG is set to relinquish its natural...

Where Does the Caspian Sea Figure in Russia’s Strategic Calculus?

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced in early October that Russian warships...

Kyrgyzstan’s Colossal Dordoi Bazaar: A Time of Opportunity and Change

In August, Kyrgyzstan became the fifth member of the Eurasian Economic Union...

Iranian Navy To Make First Visit To Azerbaijan

Iranian warships are on a rare trip around the Caspian, calling on...

Kazakh, Other Airlines Rerouting Caspian Flights After Russia Missile Launch

Kazakhstan's Air Astana and other airlines are altering their flight routes over...

Russian Missile Launch Jolts Sleepy Caspian

Russian cruise missiles launched from ships on the Caspian Sea have struck...

Who Needs Putin’s Mini-NATO?

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led, ex-Soviet military alliance, may have...

Russian Military Flights To Syria Skirting Caucasus

New flight-tracking data suggests that Russia is sending military equipment to Syria...

Azerbaijan to Quit Key Forum for EU Cooperation

Azerbaijan has moved to end a major parliamentary dialogue with the European...

Could Russia Use Georgian, Armenian Airspace for Syria Flights?

Amidst mounting concerns in Washington about Russia’s military presence in war-ravaged Syria,...