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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
Turkmenistan's economic perils could drive a person to drink, but that's more difficult with a new law restricting alcohol sales.
Shrinking Budgets and Less Booze in Turkmenistan, the Home of Prosperity
Understanding Turkmenistan’s Food Shortages
December 13, 2018
Understanding Turkmenistan’s Food Shortages
Turkmen activist-in-exile Fareed Tukhbatullin explains the “deplorable” economic reality in his home country.
Understanding Turkmenistan’s Food Shortages
Turkmenistan Faces 2 New Arbitration Cases
October 24, 2018
Turkmenistan Faces 2 New Arbitration Cases
A Turkish and a German company have joined a host of others with arbitration complaints lobbed against Ashgabat.
Turkmenistan Faces 2 New Arbitration Cases
Turkmenistan Set to Rollback Subsidies for Good
September 27, 2018
Turkmenistan Set to Rollback Subsidies for Good
As of 2019, according to a recent decree, Ashgabat will no longer provide free electricity, gas, drinking water and salt to its citizens.
Turkmenistan Set to Rollback Subsidies for Good
Turkish Company Complains About Turkmenistan's Empty Pockets
June 04, 2018
Turkish Company Complains About Turkmenistan's Empty Pockets
In a recent Reuters report, a Turkish company claims Ashgabat hasn't paid up for completed contracts.
Turkish Company Complains About Turkmenistan's Empty Pockets
Where in the World Is Berdy This Week? (Hint: Not Astana)
March 13, 2018
Where in the World Is Berdy This Week? (Hint: Not Astana)
Turkmenistan’s president is not going to Astana on March 15 because he’ll be returning from another, more important, trip.
Where in the World Is Berdy This Week? (Hint: Not Astana)
Turkmenistan Banned Black Cars. So What?
January 04, 2018
Turkmenistan Banned Black Cars. So What?
The key is to look past the absurdity and pay attention to the impact.
Turkmenistan Banned Black Cars. So What?
Turkmenistan Turns Off the Lights in Northern Afghanistan
January 03, 2018
Turkmenistan Turns Off the Lights in Northern Afghanistan
Nothing says friendship like turning off the power on New Year’s Eve.
Turkmenistan Turns Off the Lights in Northern Afghanistan
In Turkmenistan, the Buck Stops Where Berdy Says It Does
November 29, 2017
In Turkmenistan, the Buck Stops Where Berdy Says It Does
Regional leaders dismissed in Lebap Province were accused of corruption. Meanwhile, the Turkmen shuffle continues.
In Turkmenistan, the Buck Stops Where Berdy Says It Does
Bread and Circuses in Ashgabat
September 18, 2017
Bread and Circuses in Ashgabat
Can a multi-billion dollar sporting event prove Turkmenistan’s modernity despite the country’s reputation for corruption?
Bread and Circuses in Ashgabat
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
Turkmenistan: Playing Games as the Economy Sinks
June 08, 2017
Turkmenistan: Playing Games as the Economy Sinks
In the latest sign of an economic crash, Turkmenistan threatens to cut a decades-old benefits system.
Turkmenistan: Playing Games as the Economy Sinks
Are Trade Fairs in Turkmenistan Pointless?
May 13, 2017
Are Trade Fairs in Turkmenistan Pointless?
Such fairs do provide insight into the psychology of dictatorship.
Are Trade Fairs in Turkmenistan Pointless?
Ranking the Central Asian States as Investment Destinations
April 04, 2017
Ranking the Central Asian States as Investment Destinations
25 years after independence, which Central Asian and South Caucasian countries are the best (and worst) places to invest?
Ranking the Central Asian States as Investment Destinations
The Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Network: Line D(ead)
March 21, 2017
The Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Network: Line D(ead)
The line's collapse represents yet another unsuccessful attempt at regional integration.
The Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Network: Line D(ead)
A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
February 22, 2017
A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
The only numbers soaring in Turkmenistan are at the polls; meanwhile the economy deteriorates.
A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
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