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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.
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. 

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.

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