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Did Turkmenistan Really Ban the Word ‘Coronavirus’? 
April 01, 2020

Did Turkmenistan Really Ban the Word ‘Coronavirus’? 

By Catherine Putz
Not quite. But Ashgabat is certainly denying the reality of the COVID-19 threat.

Turkmenistan’s Latest Boondoggle: A New $1.5 Billion City
February 05, 2020

Turkmenistan’s Latest Boondoggle: A New $1.5 Billion City

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan plans to to build a $1.5-billion city amid spending cuts.
Central Asian Presidents’ Second Consultative Meeting Zooms in on Water, Trade, and Regional Cooperation
December 02, 2019

Central Asian Presidents’ Second Consultative Meeting Zooms in on Water, Trade, and Regional Cooperation

By Umida Hashimova
The second consultative meeting of Central Asian leaders sidesteps regional issues, but annual meetings are assured to continue.

Turkmenistan’s President Isn’t Dead, Yet
August 10, 2019

Turkmenistan’s President Isn’t Dead, Yet

By Victoria Clement
A summer of rumors may be coming to an end, but what happens if Berdimuhamedov does die?

Turkmenistan Set to Rollback Subsidies for Good
September 27, 2018

Turkmenistan Set to Rollback Subsidies for Good

By Catherine Putz
As of 2019, according to a recent decree, Ashgabat will no longer provide free electricity, gas, drinking water and salt to its citizens.

Uzbekistan Agrees to ‘Take Part’ in TAPI
April 24, 2018

Uzbekistan Agrees to ‘Take Part’ in TAPI

By Catherine Putz
It’s unclear how Uzbek participation in the pipeline project will manifest.

In Turkmenistan, the Buck Stops Where Berdy Says It Does
November 29, 2017

In Turkmenistan, the Buck Stops Where Berdy Says It Does

By Catherine Putz
Regional leaders dismissed in Lebap Province were accused of corruption. Meanwhile, the Turkmen shuffle continues.
What a 25-Fold Increase in Turkmen Water Prices Will Mean
October 18, 2017

What a 25-Fold Increase in Turkmen Water Prices Will Mean

By Catherine Putz
Ashgabat is ditching water subsidies, with the savings to be directed into the country's energy sector.

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

By Bradley Jardine
Global coverage of Turkmenistan shows the power of personality cults to set agendas far beyond national boundaries.

A Central Asian President's Guide to Getting Published
July 14, 2017

A Central Asian President's Guide to Getting Published

By Catherine Putz
An important building block in any cult of personality is a whole shelf of laudatory texts.

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation
July 06, 2017

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation

By M. Ashraf Haidari
"In essence, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan fight against terrorism and radicalism by reducing extreme poverty."
Turkmenistan: Playing Games as the Economy Sinks
June 08, 2017

Turkmenistan: Playing Games as the Economy Sinks

By Catherine Putz
In the latest sign of an economic crash, Turkmenistan threatens to cut a decades-old benefits system.

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