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China’s Central Asian Rail Investment Does Not Add Up
April 01, 2021

China’s Central Asian Rail Investment Does Not Add Up

By Tristan Kenderdine and Péter Bucsky
China’s contribution to Central Asian rail connectivity remains miniscule.

Which Central Asian Students Can Return to Russia to Study?
March 25, 2021

Which Central Asian Students Can Return to Russia to Study?

By Catherine Putz
Tajik students, for now, are not among those being allowed to return to their studies in Russia. 
Rethinking Britain’s Central Asia Strategy
March 15, 2021

Rethinking Britain’s Central Asia Strategy

By Jade McGlynn
The U.K. needs to think more ambitiously – and more coherently – about its own capabilities and objectives in Central Asia.

Son of Turkmenistan’s President Gets New Post
February 13, 2021

Son of Turkmenistan’s President Gets New Post

By Catherine Putz
Serdar Berdimuhamedov will be joining the Cabinet of Ministers, another step on the road to a dynasty. 

Taliban Visit Turkmenistan, Promise (Again) to Protect TAPI
February 09, 2021

Taliban Visit Turkmenistan, Promise (Again) to Protect TAPI

By Catherine Putz
TAPI has long been hailed as a monumentally important project – but it's unclear whether it will ever be built.

Turkmenistan Still Persists in COVID Denial
November 10, 2020

Turkmenistan Still Persists in COVID Denial

By Catherine Putz
ASAP or maybe never: In August, the WHO wanted to visit Turkmenistan ASAP to test suspected COVID-19 samples. To date, no new mission has taken place.

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. 

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