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Small Shuffles in the Turkmen Cabinet of Ministers
April 07, 2022

Small Shuffles in the Turkmen Cabinet of Ministers

By Catherine Putz
Mere weeks after reappointing his father’s cabinet, the younger Berdimuhamedov has begun to make some personnel changes.

Victoria Clement on Turkmenistan’s Presidential Transition
April 01, 2022

Victoria Clement on Turkmenistan’s Presidential Transition

By Catherine Putz
There’s a new Berdimuhamedov at the helm in Turkmenistan. What will the “son of the nation” do with the presidency?
A New Berdimuhamedov Will Soon Be Turkmenistan’s President
March 16, 2022

A New Berdimuhamedov Will Soon Be Turkmenistan’s President

By Catherine Putz
Although all indications are that Serdar intends to follow in his father’s footsteps, Turkmenistan is politically entering uncharted waters.

Could a New President in Turkmenistan Provide an Opportunity for the US to Promote Reform?
February 19, 2022

Could a New President in Turkmenistan Provide an Opportunity for the US to Promote Reform?

By Sebastien Peyrouse
It may turn out that Serdar is just like his father, and nothing will change in Turkmenistan. But new opportunities for engagement amid leadership change are worth exploring.

Turkmenistan Set for Dynastic Succession: Early Election March 12, President’s Son Running
February 15, 2022

Turkmenistan Set for Dynastic Succession: Early Election March 12, President’s Son Running

By Catherine Putz
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov did not explicitly state he would step down, but the implication seemed clear when he called for early elections and said it was time to open the way for "young leaders."

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. 
Storms Spark Activism Among Turkmen Diaspora
June 19, 2020

Storms Spark Activism Among Turkmen Diaspora

By Grady Vaughan
Turkmen at home and abroad rarely protest, but botched responses to natural disasters and the pandemic have led to a surge of activism.

Turkmenistan President’s Son Appointed Minister
February 13, 2020

Turkmenistan President’s Son Appointed Minister

By Catherine Putz
Given Serdar’s trajectory, it’s hard not to believe he’s heading for the presidency once day.

The Fate of Turkmenistan’s Gülenists
September 03, 2019

The Fate of Turkmenistan’s Gülenists

By Nick Ashdown
What’s become of the students arrested by Turkmen authorities in 2016-17 at the height of the Gülen crackdown?

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 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.

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