bneGREEN: World faces 40% fresh water shortage by 2030 warns UN summit co-hosted by Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews March 22, 2023

Landmark report urges nations to urgently start fixing water waste and start managing water as a common good with neighbours.

All to play for in Russian-Chinese backyard

bne IntelIiNews March 21, 2023

Russia and China will struggle for common policy on possible Russian soft underbelly Central Asia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, the vital Europe/Asia Caucasus crossroads, the Baltics, CEE and SEE.

Taliban threaten water resources of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews March 17, 2023

Kosh Tepa canal irrigation project could deplete Amu Darya border river flows.

PANNIER: Blinken visit delivered prod rather than shove in right direction for Central Asia

Bruce Pannier March 14, 2023

Kremlin nevertheless bristled at top diplomat’s arrival, saying “there is no place for the democratisation experiments of Washington”.

Central Asia’s poorest farmers know the value of their land

bne IntelIiNews March 10, 2023

Farmland and pastures across the region are far less productive after decades of monocropping.

Turkmenistan: Welcome to the ombuds office, or no trespassing

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin March 8, 2023

Israel is imminently poised to open a permanent mission in Ashgabat, 20 kilometres from the Iranian border. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

Ukrainian refugees and Russian migrants bring economic benefits but also stresses to Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews March 3, 2023

Looking forward to the end of the war, whenever it happens, policymakers are already speculating on how many of the refugees and migrants are likely to stay and how many will return.

Perspectives | China wants the Line D pipeline. Can Central Asia deliver?

Joe Webster for Eurasianet March 2, 2023

Beijing is leaning toward buying additional Central Asian gas, despite reliability concerns.

Stable outlooks at lowest level for two decades in Emerging Europe, says Fitch Ratings

bne IntelliNews February 27, 2023

One year since the Ukraine conflict began, the share of stable sovereign outlooks in Emerging Europe is at its lowest since late 2003.

Tehran, Almaty live in fear of earthquake hell

bne IntelIiNews February 25, 2023

No-one can say for sure where the next Big One will hit.

HESS: Russia is down, but not out, in Central Asia

Maximilian Hess February 18, 2023

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.

Turkmenistan: A shore bet

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin February 17, 2023

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.

More gloom ahead as EBRD cuts 2023 growth forecasts

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2023

The EBRD lowered its forecasts for more than half its 36 countries of operation, anticipating average growth of just 2.1% this year.

4,000 Islamic State fighters gathered near Afghanistan border with Tajikistan says Kremlin officer

bne IntelIiNews February 16, 2023

Warning picks up on growing worries of Islamic militant infiltration into Russia’s Central Asian backyard.

IMF: Charting globalization’s turn to 'slowbalization' after world financial crisis

Jeff Kearns of the IMF February 9, 2023

The free flow of ideas, people, goods, services, and capital across national borders leads to greater economic integration. But globalization, the trend toward these things moving ever more freely between nations, has slowed in recent years.

Turkmenistan: Small stature, big statue

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin February 8, 2023

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.

COMMENT: The new Cold War will be different, and not only because of China

Peter Szopo February 6, 2023

Mercantilism is also replacing globalisation, and the US has a declining interest in European affairs.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Taliban’s lousy power deals exposed as Uzbekistan pulls plug in deadly cold

Fuad Shahbazov February 3, 2023

Partly thanks to infrastructure projects blown up by the militants while they were trying to turf out the US, Afghanistan is dependent on neighbours for 73% of its electricity.

Turkmenistan: A kick in the gas

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin February 1, 2023

Moscow curries favour, neighbours seek more gas, and Turkmenistan’s colossal methane pollution could power Afghanistan at little cost many times over. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

PANNIER: A very Turkmen coup

Bruce Pannier January 27, 2023

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov returns as head of state, albeit with a different title. The word is, son and president Serdar has proved a bad negotiator.