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This Week in Asia: January 27, 2023
January 27, 2023

This Week in Asia: January 27, 2023

The Diplomat’s weekly video round-up of Asia news.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Returns to the Pinnacle of Power in Turkmenistan
January 25, 2023

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Returns to the Pinnacle of Power in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
Who cares about a president when you have a new “national leader”?
Berdimuhamedov’s China Visit Pushes Forward China-Central Asia Relations
January 10, 2023

Berdimuhamedov’s China Visit Pushes Forward China-Central Asia Relations

By Nian Peng
China has now forged comprehensive strategic partnerships with all the Central Asian states. 

Berdimuhamedov Headed to China for State Visit
January 04, 2023

Berdimuhamedov Headed to China for State Visit

By Catherine Putz
This will be the younger Berdimuhamedov’s first visit to China as president of Turkmenistan. 

Discussing an Eventful 2022 in Central Asia With Bruce Pannier
December 20, 2022

Discussing an Eventful 2022 in Central Asia With Bruce Pannier

By Catherine Putz
Protests, unrest, war, and worry defined 2022 in Central Asia.

Dawn of the Drone Age in Central Asia
November 23, 2022

Dawn of the Drone Age in Central Asia

By Francisco Olmos
Central Asian countries have been stepping up their drone capabilities.

Does the Organization of Turkic States Worry China and Russia?
November 23, 2022

Does the Organization of Turkic States Worry China and Russia?

By Nurettin Akcay
Greater integration among Turkic states may pose a crucial threat to Beijing and Moscow.
What Explains Growing European Engagement in Central Asia?
November 22, 2022

What Explains Growing European Engagement in Central Asia?

By Alouddin Komilov
In recent years, the EU has shifted how it views Central Asia. That effort culminated recently with the first EU-Central Asia leaders summit.

US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative
November 09, 2022

US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative

By Catherine Putz
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu's trip to Central Asia seeks to “reinforce the United States’ commitment to each country’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity."

Russia’s War in Ukraine and Its Impact on Central Asia
October 24, 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine and Its Impact on Central Asia

By Yunis Sharifli, Chia-Lin Kao , and Bermet Derbishova
The war’s negative impacts on regional economies outweigh any incidental benefits, and Central Asians know it.

What Is Happening With Sovereign Debt in Central Asia?
October 14, 2022

What Is Happening With Sovereign Debt in Central Asia?

By Djoomart Kaipovich Otorbaev
Since the early 2000s the Central Asian republics have largely kept their debt levels stable.
Has Turkmenistan’s Transition to a Market Economy Been a Success?
August 26, 2022

Has Turkmenistan’s Transition to a Market Economy Been a Success?

By Merdan Amanov
Not so much. Ashgabat has a long way to go to achieve a functioning and competitive market economy. 

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