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Turkmenistan: More Cuts and Bad Business
January 31, 2019

Turkmenistan: More Cuts and Bad Business

By Catherine Putz
Ashgabat is still trying to cut expenses wherever it can, and even foreign companies are feeling the pinch.

Shrinking Budgets and Less Booze in Turkmenistan, the Home of Prosperity
January 03, 2019

Shrinking Budgets and Less Booze in Turkmenistan, the Home of Prosperity

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan's economic perils could drive a person to drink, but that's more difficult with a new law restricting alcohol sales.
Turkmenistan Banned Black Cars. So What?
January 04, 2018

Turkmenistan Banned Black Cars. So What?

By Catherine Putz
The key is to look past the absurdity and pay attention to the impact.

Bread and Circuses in Ashgabat
September 18, 2017

Bread and Circuses in Ashgabat

By Rebeka Foley
Can a multi-billion dollar sporting event prove Turkmenistan’s modernity despite the country’s reputation for corruption?

Are Trade Fairs in Turkmenistan Pointless?
May 13, 2017

Are Trade Fairs in Turkmenistan Pointless?

By Henry James
Such fairs do provide insight into the psychology of dictatorship.

A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
February 22, 2017

A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers

By Casey Michel
The only numbers soaring in Turkmenistan are at the polls; meanwhile the economy deteriorates.

Turkmenistan, Apparently, Had an Election
February 14, 2017

Turkmenistan, Apparently, Had an Election

By Catherine Putz
Berdy won, obviously.
Turkmen Government Says TAPI Survey Work Complete
February 10, 2016

Turkmen Government Says TAPI Survey Work Complete

By Casey Michel
Seems like more action for action’s sake; the big challenges remain.

Central Asia and the Succession Question
August 12, 2015

Central Asia and the Succession Question

By Casey Michel
What will happen in the region when the current crop of leaders leave the stage?

Eurasia’s Potemkin Democracies
February 03, 2015

Eurasia’s Potemkin Democracies

By Jos Boonstra
Central Asia remains difficult terrain for democracy, and prospects seem bleaker than ever.

China Courts Central Asia
October 04, 2013

China Courts Central Asia

Amid an unprecedented flurry of energy deals, Beijing strengthens alliances on Russia’s backdoor but struggles to keep Xinjiang as happy.

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