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Turkmenistan: Playing Games as the Economy Sinks
June 08, 2017
Turkmenistan: Playing Games as the Economy Sinks
In the latest sign of an economic crash, Turkmenistan threatens to cut a decades-old benefits system.
Turkmenistan: Playing Games as the Economy Sinks
Are Trade Fairs in Turkmenistan Pointless?
May 13, 2017
Are Trade Fairs in Turkmenistan Pointless?
Such fairs do provide insight into the psychology of dictatorship.
Are Trade Fairs in Turkmenistan Pointless?
Ranking the Central Asian States as Investment Destinations
April 04, 2017
Ranking the Central Asian States as Investment Destinations
25 years after independence, which Central Asian and South Caucasian countries are the best (and worst) places to invest?
Ranking the Central Asian States as Investment Destinations
The Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Network: Line D(ead)
March 21, 2017
The Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Network: Line D(ead)
The line's collapse represents yet another unsuccessful attempt at regional integration.
The Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Network: Line D(ead)
A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
February 22, 2017
A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
The only numbers soaring in Turkmenistan are at the polls; meanwhile the economy deteriorates.
A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age
December 08, 2016
Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age
An IMF mission to the country says it "would be helpful" if the state explained its policies to citizens.
Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age
2 Stories That Explain Turkmenistan's Absurdity
August 11, 2016
2 Stories That Explain Turkmenistan's Absurdity
The phrase “fiddling while Rome burns” may be an appropriate aphorism for Ashgabat.
2 Stories That Explain Turkmenistan's Absurdity
US Breaks Ground on New Embassy in Turkmenistan
October 06, 2015
US Breaks Ground on New Embassy in Turkmenistan
When is a building, just a building?
US Breaks Ground on New Embassy in Turkmenistan
Offshore Turkmenistan: ‘Sultanism’ in the Construction Industry
September 21, 2015
Offshore Turkmenistan: ‘Sultanism’ in the Construction Industry
Ashgabat's construction boom benefits a very select few.
Offshore Turkmenistan: ‘Sultanism’ in the Construction Industry
What Happened to Turkmenistan’s Tiger Economy?
September 16, 2015
What Happened to Turkmenistan’s Tiger Economy?
The tiger of Ashgabat, if it ever was, is no more.
What Happened to Turkmenistan’s Tiger Economy?
Imports of German Cars Stopped at Turkmen Border
September 09, 2015
Imports of German Cars Stopped at Turkmen Border
BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz have reportedly been added to the list of banned car imports.
Imports of German Cars Stopped at Turkmen Border
In Turkmenistan, Border Woes Trump Education
July 23, 2015
In Turkmenistan, Border Woes Trump Education
Ashgabat has decided to solve its manpower problem by cutting off study abroad for Turkmen students.
In Turkmenistan, Border Woes Trump Education
Turkmenistan Looks to Turn Natural Gas into Plastics
July 21, 2015
Turkmenistan Looks to Turn Natural Gas into Plastics
With Japanese and Turkish investment, Ashgabat hopes to make natural gas into something else.
Turkmenistan Looks to Turn Natural Gas into Plastics
Despite Devaluation, Turkmenistan Economy Outperforms Its Neighbors
January 10, 2015
Despite Devaluation, Turkmenistan Economy Outperforms Its Neighbors
The country is not completely immune from the ruble’s collapse, but it looks better off than the rest of Central Asia.
Despite Devaluation, Turkmenistan Economy Outperforms Its Neighbors
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