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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
Ashgabat is ditching water subsidies, with the savings to be directed into the country's energy sector.
What a 25-Fold Increase in Turkmen Water Prices Will Mean
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: The Fool’s Golden Age
December 08, 2016
Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age
An IMF mission to the country says it "would be helpful" if the state explained its policies to citizens.
Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age
What to Make of Turkmenistan's 2017 Election
November 04, 2016
What to Make of Turkmenistan's 2017 Election
The introduction of two new parties to the ballot signals the regime's unease, not a democratic awakening.
What to Make of Turkmenistan's 2017 Election
Constitutional Changes Pave Way for Turkmen President-for-Life
September 15, 2016
Constitutional Changes Pave Way for Turkmen President-for-Life
Not that it was really in much doubt.
Constitutional Changes Pave Way for Turkmen President-for-Life
How Exactly Did Kazakhstan Help Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Along?
August 13, 2016
How Exactly Did Kazakhstan Help Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Along?
More on Kazakh-Russian relations, troubling constitutional changes brewing in Kyrgyzstan, and a beard story; links.
How Exactly Did Kazakhstan Help Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Along?
2 Stories That Explain Turkmenistan's Absurdity
August 11, 2016
2 Stories That Explain Turkmenistan's Absurdity
The phrase “fiddling while Rome burns” may be an appropriate aphorism for Ashgabat.
2 Stories That Explain Turkmenistan's Absurdity
Will Europe Overlook Turkmenistan's Tyranny for its Energy?
May 04, 2016
Will Europe Overlook Turkmenistan's Tyranny for its Energy?
Europe may overlook the Central Asian state’s dismal rights record due to its rich natural gas reserves.
Will Europe Overlook Turkmenistan's Tyranny for its Energy?
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