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The scale of the country's methane emissions is becoming a major embarrassment, but the government seems unwilling to do anything about it. This and more in this week's Eurasianet Akhal-Teke bulletin.
Beijing woos region at a time when Russia is too distracted by the Ukraine war to focus effectively on its backyard.
Stans were eager for red carpet treatment. Notably, Russia was not invited.
Strongman with an all-action personality cult not seen in public eye for more than two weeks.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko was rushed back to Minsk almost directly from Red Square in Moscow on May 9 suffering from a serious but mysterious illness and hasn't been seen since.
Russia will sell gas to the energy-hungry Uzbekistan by reversing the flow of the Soviet-era gas pipeline network that used to transport Turkmen gas to Russia.
When the stars aligned for son Serdar, his father’s plans to rule from behind the scenes started unravelling, says journalist and researcher.
Officials are interested in renewables on paper, but there is little evidence Ashgabat is committed to minimising the environmental damage it is causing. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
COP 28 climate conference organisers appeal to “super-emitter” country to work with outside agencies in addressing planet-warming leaks.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses urgent issue during Washington visit of Turkmen counterpart. Military chiefs of two countries hold concurrent meeting on security challenges.
Move comes with Tehran already angry at neighbour Azerbaijan’s growing ties with its arch-foe.
Alexander Zhadan served as a gatekeeper and provided counsel, all while acquiescing to the crackpot megalomania that gripped both the presidents he served. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
The neighbouring states of Afghanistan have reaffirmed their commitment to the development of the country “as a peaceful, united, sovereign and independent state, free from the threats of terrorism ...
Cargo traffic from Russia doubles, electricity export plans, and the former president gets even more megalomaniacal. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
Israel is imminently poised to open a permanent mission in Ashgabat, 20 kilometres from the Iranian border. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
No-one can say for sure where the next Big One will hit.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has weakened its influence in Central Asia, especially in Kazakhstan. Russia is no longer a regional hegemon, which may increase regional instability. Tensions between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are especially dangerous.
Tightening internet controls as families desperately try to reach loved ones in Turkey, bogus economic performance figures, and Berdimuhamedov the elder visits the Gulf. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
The son tries to escape his father’s shadow, costly breakdowns in gas exports, and Russia has been playing Turkmenistan for a fool. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.