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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. 

Why Can’t Turkmen Citizens in Turkey Travel Back Home?
August 02, 2022

Why Can’t Turkmen Citizens in Turkey Travel Back Home?

By Merdan Amanov
Although Ashgabat has resumed limited flights to Russia and the UAE, there are still no regular public flights to and from Turkey.
How Does Turkmen Cotton, Produced With Forced Labor, Enter Global Supply Chains?
August 01, 2022

How Does Turkmen Cotton, Produced With Forced Labor, Enter Global Supply Chains?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan’s cotton industry relies on forced labor, but despite boycotts and bans goods produced from Turkmen cotton continue to reach global markets.

What Happened at the Latest Central Asian Leaders’ Meeting?
July 23, 2022

What Happened at the Latest Central Asian Leaders’ Meeting?

By Aizada Nuriddenova
The world has changed profoundly since the last Central Asian Consultative Meeting, yet the new regional grouping carries on.

Turkmenistan Under Serdar: Has Anything Changed?
July 21, 2022

Turkmenistan Under Serdar: Has Anything Changed?

By Merdan Amanov
Four months into Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s presidency much remains the same, but there have been changes too.

Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s First Big Cabinet Shuffle
July 12, 2022

Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s First Big Cabinet Shuffle

By Catherine Putz
Like father, like son: Serdar Berdimuhamedov made his first significant cabinet shuffle. The process remains as opaque as ever.

The Revival of Islam in Turkmenistan
June 30, 2022

The Revival of Islam in Turkmenistan

By Merdan Amanov
Although Islam has been a part of Turkmen culture for centuries, public practice of Islam was largely suppressed during the Soviet Union and in the early independence era, too.
Busy Times in Iran-Central Asia Relations
June 24, 2022

Busy Times in Iran-Central Asia Relations

By Francisco Olmos
Despite past tensions, the security and economic ties between the two regions have strengthened over the past year.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s Economic Legacy
June 23, 2022

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s Economic Legacy

By Merdan Amanov
What was the state of the Turkmen economy during Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s presidency?

Will Turkmenistan Join the World Trade Organization?
June 02, 2022

Will Turkmenistan Join the World Trade Organization?

By Merdan Amanov
Ashgabat formally applied for WTO membership in late 2021. What will it take for Turkmenistan to gain membership?

No, Press Freedoms Have Not Improved in Central Asia
May 03, 2022

No, Press Freedoms Have Not Improved in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Methodology isn’t a headline buzzword, but an improving rank certainly is -- no matter the context.
Turkmenistan Takes Policing Women’s Bodies to the Next Level
May 03, 2022

Turkmenistan Takes Policing Women’s Bodies to the Next Level

By Akja Kepderi
In April, Turkmen authorities began cracking down on salons, enforcing a ban on a range of beauty services.

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