Landmark report urges nations to urgently start fixing water waste and start managing water as a common good with neighbours.
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.
Kosh Tepa canal irrigation project could deplete Amu Darya border river flows.
Kremlin nevertheless bristled at top diplomat’s arrival, saying “there is no place for the democratisation experiments of Washington”.
Farmland and pastures across the region are far less productive after decades of monocropping.
Israel is imminently poised to open a permanent mission in Ashgabat, 20 kilometres from the Iranian border. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
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.
Beijing is leaning toward buying additional Central Asian gas, despite reliability concerns.
One year since the Ukraine conflict began, the share of stable sovereign outlooks in Emerging Europe is at its lowest since late 2003.
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 EBRD lowered its forecasts for more than half its 36 countries of operation, anticipating average growth of just 2.1% this year.
Warning picks up on growing worries of Islamic militant infiltration into Russia’s Central Asian backyard.
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.
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.
Mercantilism is also replacing globalisation, and the US has a declining interest in European affairs.
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.
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.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov returns as head of state, albeit with a different title. The word is, son and president Serdar has proved a bad negotiator.