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Vanity Without Borders: How Central Asian Despots Manipulate the International Press
August 10, 2017
Vanity Without Borders: How Central Asian Despots Manipulate the International Press
Global coverage of Turkmenistan shows the power of personality cults to set agendas far beyond national boundaries.
Vanity Without Borders: How Central Asian Despots Manipulate the International Press
Discussing Dictators and Nuclear Fallout in Central Asia
March 25, 2017
Discussing Dictators and Nuclear Fallout in Central Asia
A detailed look at the Afghan border, a discussion of dictators, and a secret report on Semipalatinsk; recommended reads.
Discussing Dictators and Nuclear Fallout in Central Asia
All Quiet on the Turkmen Front?
March 11, 2017
All Quiet on the Turkmen Front?
What is happening on the border? It's decidedly more than nothing.
All Quiet on the Turkmen Front?
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Railway
December 09, 2016
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Railway
The largely-unheralded railroad could be the key to restoring Afghanistan's role as a regional hub.
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Railway
Russian Defense Minister Visits Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
June 08, 2016
Russian Defense Minister Visits Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
Sergei Shoigu embodies Moscow's concerns about whether Central Asia can manage security, internally and on its periphery.
Russian Defense Minister Visits Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
Has Iran Finally Found a Security Partner in Central Asia?
May 19, 2016
Has Iran Finally Found a Security Partner in Central Asia?
Warming security ties between Iran and Turkmenistan could have long-lasting implications.
Has Iran Finally Found a Security Partner in Central Asia?
What Happens During Turkmen Military Drills?
April 02, 2016
What Happens During Turkmen Military Drills?
Also, the plight of Tajik afgantsy, US-Uzbek relations and fighting stereotypes in Kazakhstan. Recommended reads.
What Happens During Turkmen Military Drills?
Can China Really Save Central Asian Economies?
February 13, 2016
Can China Really Save Central Asian Economies?
Beijing may not, after all, provide the economic deus ex machina Central Asian governments have hoped for.
Can China Really Save Central Asian Economies?
Russia Ready to Help Turkmenistan Protect its Afghan Border
January 29, 2016
Russia Ready to Help Turkmenistan Protect its Afghan Border
Of course, Ashgabat says it doesn’t need the help but the offer stands.
Russia Ready to Help Turkmenistan Protect its Afghan Border
Russia’s Gazprom Stops Buying Gas from Turkmenistan
January 06, 2016
Russia’s Gazprom Stops Buying Gas from Turkmenistan
The announcement illustrates how corroded gas relations between Ashgabat and Moscow have gotten.
Russia’s Gazprom Stops Buying Gas from Turkmenistan
Could TAPI Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
December 14, 2015
Could TAPI Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
If history is any indication, no.
Could TAPI Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
Taliban Stuck on an Island Between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan
October 26, 2015
Taliban Stuck on an Island Between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan
With Taliban militants marooned on an island in the Amu Darya, Ashgabat can no longer deny there is trouble on the border.
Taliban Stuck on an Island Between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan
Sex Sells, Even in Tajikistan
October 24, 2015
Sex Sells, Even in Tajikistan
Analyzing the Kyrgyz election and just who does Turkmenistan think it’s fooling? Friday links.
Sex Sells, Even in Tajikistan
Why is There a Turkmen Delegation in Washington?
October 14, 2015
Why is There a Turkmen Delegation in Washington?
Ashgabat is nervous about the border with Afghanistan, but you wouldn't know it inside the country.
Why is There a Turkmen Delegation in Washington?
Are Turkmenistan's Pipelines Pipe Dreams?
October 14, 2015
Are Turkmenistan's Pipelines Pipe Dreams?
Caught between the undelineated Caspian and a deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, Ashgabat has few options.
Are Turkmenistan's Pipelines Pipe Dreams?
Turkmenistan’s Insecurity Nexus
October 12, 2015
Turkmenistan’s Insecurity Nexus
When Ashgabat's elites perceive themselves as vulnerable, violent crackdowns and repression ensues.
Turkmenistan’s Insecurity Nexus
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