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What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?
September 24, 2020

What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?

By Catherine Putz
The five leaders foregrounded a range of issues, from the pressing challenge of COVID-19 to vague promises of political reform.

Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China
September 08, 2020

Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China

By Umida Hashimova
The economic slowdown in China, a result of the coronavirus pandemic, has affected the gas trade. 
Death and Denial in Turkmenistan
August 19, 2020

Death and Denial in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
The Turkmen government’s inconsistent messaging about the nature and nearness of the COVID-19 pandemic threat has doomed its citizens to confusion and death.

COVID-19, Hot Winds, or Dust? Turkmenistan Lashes out Over Tajik Weather Report
July 29, 2020

COVID-19, Hot Winds, or Dust? Turkmenistan Lashes out Over Tajik Weather Report

By Catherine Putz
The hottest air is coming from the Turkmen government, paranoid about admitting COVID-19 is in the country.

As WHO Team Arrives, Notable Pneumonia Deaths Reported in Turkmenistan
July 09, 2020

As WHO Team Arrives, Notable Pneumonia Deaths Reported in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
An adviser to the Turkmen president and a Turkish diplomat have reportedly died from pneumonia this week.

Turkmenistan (Finally) Allowing the WHO In 
July 07, 2020

Turkmenistan (Finally) Allowing the WHO In 

By Catherine Putz
But what will the WHO find? The WHO has been unwilling to criticize countries about their pandemic responses, but has been quick to praise them. 

Storms Spark Activism Among Turkmen Diaspora
June 19, 2020

Storms Spark Activism Among Turkmen Diaspora

By Grady Vaughan
Turkmen at home and abroad rarely protest, but botched responses to natural disasters and the pandemic have led to a surge of activism.
Is Turkmenistan Nearing a COVID-19 Announcement?
June 16, 2020

Is Turkmenistan Nearing a COVID-19 Announcement?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan’s denial of the virus’ presence in the country has inevitably cost lives. Not naming it doesn’t make it go away.

What’s the Impact of Turkmenistan’s COVID Delusion?
June 01, 2020

What’s the Impact of Turkmenistan’s COVID Delusion?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan says it is COVID-19 free, but the virus, analysts say, is impacting the country whether Ashgabat admits its presence or not.

Report Claims Turkmenistan Is Shuffling the Quarantined out of View
April 30, 2020

Report Claims Turkmenistan Is Shuffling the Quarantined out of View

By Catherine Putz
If Ashgabat simply moves the sick away from designated quarantine zones, will it fool the WHO?

Turkmenistan Celebrates World Health Day Unwisely
April 08, 2020

Turkmenistan Celebrates World Health Day Unwisely

By Catherine Putz
This year the celebrations were different, though how different depends on your source.
Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19
April 02, 2020

Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been ringing his neighbors to coordinate and dispatching aid to Afghanistan.

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