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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.
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.

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?

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.

Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age
December 08, 2016

Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age

By Catherine Putz
An IMF mission to the country says it "would be helpful" if the state explained its policies to citizens.
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.

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