Turkmenistan: What Serdar does in the shadows

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin September 28, 2023

Russian diplomacy and Turkmenistan's evolving foreign relations amidst president Berdimuhamedov’s growing influence. And more in this week's Eurasianet Akhal-Teke Bulletin.

EBRD projects slowdown in Central Europe, robust growth in Eurasia

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2023

High gas prices, China slowdown and shifts in industrial production contribute to slower growth in Central Europe.

PANNIER: How ‘C5+1’ set the stage for a new era in US-Central Asia relations

Bruce Pannier September 22, 2023

Focus shifts from security to energy security, renewable energy and transportation infrastructure, while there are no illusions about delivering democracy.

Samarkand declaration champions global food security amidst growing concerns

Daniel Rad September 7, 2023

The International Conference on Food Security on 7-8 September is hosting agriculture ministers from 15 nations, deputy ministers from eight countries and senior diplomats from 13 nations.

Francis Fukuyama says a weakened Russia will present opportunities for Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews September 5, 2023

While in Almaty for a book launch, US political scientist suggests that if Moscow comes out of Ukraine war diminished, the ‘Stans’ will have room to set their own policies without worrying about the Russian response.

COMMENT: The water and energy nexus in Central Asia

Nikolai Podguzov Chairman of Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) September 1, 2023

Climate change is real, and it calls for action at the global, regional, and national levels. One of its impacts is additional water stress in addition to what many countries experience already. Effective counteraction requires joint action.

Turkmenistan: Union busting

Eurasianet August 29, 2023

Unfair soccer league, and potential and real gas deals aplenty, with Hungary, Iraq and Uzbekistan.

Turkmenistan signals major change in energy-export stance

David O'Byrne for Eurasianet August 21, 2023

Ashgabat’s shifting position opens the way for expansion of natural gas supplies to Europe.

Orban invites illiberal allies to Budapest on national holiday celebrating Hungary’s Western orientation

Tamas Csonka in Budapest August 21, 2023

Unprecedented showcasing of power by Hungary’s strongman alongside World Athletics Championships.

Exports from the West to Central Asia boom as sanctions on Russia remake global trade routes

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2023

Extreme sanctions on Russia have dramatically remade global trade flows Russia turns to its friends to act as transit countries for banned goods. And most have cooperated, both because of pressure placed on them by Moscow and the money they can make.

Central Asia: Low water levels on Irtysh River create quandary for Kazakhstan

Eurasianet August 15, 2023

An update on recent developments in Chinese-Russian-Central Asian affairs.

PANNIER: Taliban’s ‘thirsty’ Qosh Tepa Canal looming large for Central Asia neighbours

Bruce Pannier August 9, 2023

Presidents of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan gathered for unprecedented summit, with officials wary of Afghan militants’ unbending stance on water issues at the border.

Turkmenistan: Net loss

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin August 4, 2023

Internet blockages not about censorship but money, regional trade dialogue, and more in this week's Eurasianet Akhal-Teke Bulletin.

Turkmenistan Airlines halts flights to Moscow following drone attacks

bne IntelIiNews August 2, 2023

Referring to “the situation” in the Russian capital’s airspace, carrier switches flights to Kazan.

Turkmenistan: Watched over by CCTVs of loving grace

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin July 27, 2023

Europe's elusive pipeline, Gulf investment, Korean lobbying and a new ghost town.

Central Asia: Trade with China registers strong growth during first half of 2023

Justin Burke at Eurasianet July 26, 2023

Uzbek figures differ significantly from Beijing’s data.

PANNIER: Central Asia’s dream of taking the train to the Arabian Sea a step closer to reality

bne IntelIiNews July 26, 2023

Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan agree to railway’s route, but securing funding pledges for the multi-billion-dollar project remains a big problem.

Iran warns Islamic State leaders and fighters have moved to Afghanistan

bne IntelIiNews July 21, 2023

Tehran, meanwhile, remains concerned for plight of Persian-speaking minority peoples of neighbouring country under Taliban.

PANNIER: Turkmenistan claims population jump but compelling evidence points to slump

Bruce Pannier July 21, 2023

Regime’s claim that first census in 17 years recorded 7mn people is not at all believable.

PANNIER: There is no graceful exit from office for Central Asian presidents – except for the grave

Bruce Pannier July 11, 2023

Until a Central Asian president does manage to leave office and peacefully retire, the cycle of lifelong leaders is likely to continue.