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EU-Central Asia Economic Forum: Is Central Asia Ready for More Assertive EU Policy?
November 10, 2021

EU-Central Asia Economic Forum: Is Central Asia Ready for More Assertive EU Policy?

By Katrina Keegan
At the EU-Central Asia Economic Forum, the EU kept its rhetoric uncontroversial. However, Central Asian countries signaled they may respond well to more ambitious EU goals.

Turkmenistan and the WHO, a Delicate Dance
November 09, 2021

Turkmenistan and the WHO, a Delicate Dance

By Catherine Putz
At the end of the day the WHO has to deal with Turkmenistan as it is. That doesn't mean sharp critiques of both aren't also necessary.
TAPI, Turkmenistan, and the Taliban
November 03, 2021

TAPI, Turkmenistan, and the Taliban

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban’s rise to power in Afghanistan doesn’t materially affect the dim prospects that TAPI will be built any time soon.

A COVID-19 Loan for COVID-Denying Turkmenistan
August 12, 2021

A COVID-19 Loan for COVID-Denying Turkmenistan

By Lorena Cotza
The World Bank approved a COVID-19 loan for Turkmenistan, despite journalists reporting on the pandemic there being thrown in jail.

3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?
August 12, 2021

3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?

By Filippo Costa Buranelli
Presidential meetings in Central Asia are often dismissed for a lack of concrete results and for their exclusively ceremonial character. But there are good reasons to take the latest meeting seriously.

Afghanistan and Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment
August 10, 2021

Afghanistan and Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment

By Moez Hayat
The Central Asian republics can learn from the experience of Southeast Asia and use the crisis in Afghanistan to spur forward regional cooperation at a time of great power competition. 

Central Asian Leaders Set to Meet in Turkmenistan for Third Consultative Meeting
August 05, 2021

Central Asian Leaders Set to Meet in Turkmenistan for Third Consultative Meeting

By Catherine Putz
Following summits in 2018 and 2019, the 2021 meeting comes amid a great number of regional difficulties and concerns.
Weightlifter Guryeva Wins Turkmenistan’s 1st Olympic Medal
July 27, 2021

Weightlifter Guryeva Wins Turkmenistan’s 1st Olympic Medal

By James Ellingsworth
The silver medal is Turkmenistan’s first since independence in 1991.

Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Turkmenistan’s Digital Transformation 
July 20, 2021

Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Turkmenistan’s Digital Transformation 

By Rustam Muhamedov
As the Turkmen president’s son continues his tour of top government positions, digitalization remains a critical priority for the regime. 

Explaining the Evolution of Turkmenistan’s Assembly Bodies
May 05, 2021

Explaining the Evolution of Turkmenistan’s Assembly Bodies

By Rustam Muhamedov
Power consolidation and the institutional transformations of Turkmenistan’s assembly bodies.

Europe’s Troubling Turkmenistan Engagement
April 16, 2021

Europe’s Troubling Turkmenistan Engagement

By Jade McGlynn and Luke Rawlings
If they are concerned that “democracy is in retreat,” the U.K. and other leading European democracies might want to consider their own retrograde roles in the process.
Turkic Council Sets Sights on Upgrade Rooted in Economic Connectivity Projects
April 12, 2021

Turkic Council Sets Sights on Upgrade Rooted in Economic Connectivity Projects

By Umida Hashimova
The Turkic Council aims to grow its political and economic significance.

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