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Uzbekistan Puts a Smile on an Economic Blow to Turkmenistan
March 16, 2017

Uzbekistan Puts a Smile on an Economic Blow to Turkmenistan

By Paolo Sorbello
Mirziyoyev paid his first visit to Turkmenistan while their main joint project – a pipeline to China – was being killed.
Uzbek President Makes First Official Trip Abroad to Turkmenistan
March 08, 2017

Uzbek President Makes First Official Trip Abroad to Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev made a two-day visit to Turkmenistan his first official foray abroad.

The Soviet Union’s Collapse and Russia’s Colonial Legacy
December 24, 2016

The Soviet Union’s Collapse and Russia’s Colonial Legacy

By Catherine Putz
The USSR’s collapse; don’t say ‘colony’; hope for an Uzbek glasnost; and more. Recommended reads.

What to Make of Turkmenistan's 2017 Election
November 04, 2016

What to Make of Turkmenistan's 2017 Election

By Henry James
The introduction of two new parties to the ballot signals the regime's unease, not a democratic awakening.

Constitutional Changes Pave Way for Turkmen President-for-Life
September 15, 2016

Constitutional Changes Pave Way for Turkmen President-for-Life

By Casey Michel
Not that it was really in much doubt.
Afghan National Security Adviser Makes Quiet Visits to Central Asia
August 16, 2016

Afghan National Security Adviser Makes Quiet Visits to Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Atmar's quiet visits to Dushanbe and Bishkek are a positive sign--but the two regions need to do more than talk.

How Exactly Did Kazakhstan Help Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Along?
August 13, 2016

How Exactly Did Kazakhstan Help Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Along?

By Catherine Putz
More on Kazakh-Russian relations, troubling constitutional changes brewing in Kyrgyzstan, and a beard story; links.
2 Stories That Explain Turkmenistan's Absurdity
August 11, 2016

2 Stories That Explain Turkmenistan's Absurdity

By Catherine Putz
The phrase “fiddling while Rome burns” may be an appropriate aphorism for Ashgabat.

Why Did Turkmenistan Scrap the Ministry of Oil and Gas?
July 20, 2016

Why Did Turkmenistan Scrap the Ministry of Oil and Gas?

By Casey Michel
Facing economic crisis, the resource-rich country abolished two key ministries.

Has Iran Finally Found a Security Partner in Central Asia?
May 19, 2016

Has Iran Finally Found a Security Partner in Central Asia?

By Samuel Ramani
Warming security ties between Iran and Turkmenistan could have long-lasting implications.

Will Europe Overlook Turkmenistan's Tyranny for its Energy?
May 04, 2016

Will Europe Overlook Turkmenistan's Tyranny for its Energy?

By Andrew Witthoeft
Europe may overlook the Central Asian state’s dismal rights record due to its rich natural gas reserves.
What Happens During Turkmen Military Drills?
April 02, 2016

What Happens During Turkmen Military Drills?

By Catherine Putz
Also, the plight of Tajik afgantsy, US-Uzbek relations and fighting stereotypes in Kazakhstan. Recommended reads.

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