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Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Returns to the Pinnacle of Power in Turkmenistan
January 25, 2023

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Returns to the Pinnacle of Power in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
Who cares about a president when you have a new “national leader”?

Berdimuhamedov Headed to China for State Visit
January 04, 2023

Berdimuhamedov Headed to China for State Visit

By Catherine Putz
This will be the younger Berdimuhamedov’s first visit to China as president of Turkmenistan. 
US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative
November 09, 2022

US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative

By Catherine Putz
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu's trip to Central Asia seeks to “reinforce the United States’ commitment to each country’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity."

Has Turkmenistan’s Transition to a Market Economy Been a Success?
August 26, 2022

Has Turkmenistan’s Transition to a Market Economy Been a Success?

By Merdan Amanov
Not so much. Ashgabat has a long way to go to achieve a functioning and competitive market economy. 

Why Can’t Turkmen Citizens in Turkey Travel Back Home?
August 02, 2022

Why Can’t Turkmen Citizens in Turkey Travel Back Home?

By Merdan Amanov
Although Ashgabat has resumed limited flights to Russia and the UAE, there are still no regular public flights to and from Turkey.

How Does Turkmen Cotton, Produced With Forced Labor, Enter Global Supply Chains?
August 01, 2022

How Does Turkmen Cotton, Produced With Forced Labor, Enter Global Supply Chains?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan’s cotton industry relies on forced labor, but despite boycotts and bans goods produced from Turkmen cotton continue to reach global markets.

Turkmenistan Under Serdar: Has Anything Changed?
July 21, 2022

Turkmenistan Under Serdar: Has Anything Changed?

By Merdan Amanov
Four months into Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s presidency much remains the same, but there have been changes too.
Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s First Big Cabinet Shuffle
July 12, 2022

Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s First Big Cabinet Shuffle

By Catherine Putz
Like father, like son: Serdar Berdimuhamedov made his first significant cabinet shuffle. The process remains as opaque as ever.

The Revival of Islam in Turkmenistan
June 30, 2022

The Revival of Islam in Turkmenistan

By Merdan Amanov
Although Islam has been a part of Turkmen culture for centuries, public practice of Islam was largely suppressed during the Soviet Union and in the early independence era, too.

Russia’s Putin Makes First Trip Abroad Since Invasion, to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan
June 29, 2022

Russia’s Putin Makes First Trip Abroad Since Invasion, to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
The warm welcome in Dushanbe and meetings around the Caspian table in Ashgabat were a chance for Putin to reaffirm his network of partners at a critical moment.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s Economic Legacy
June 23, 2022

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s Economic Legacy

By Merdan Amanov
What was the state of the Turkmen economy during Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s presidency?
Will Turkmenistan Join the World Trade Organization?
June 02, 2022

Will Turkmenistan Join the World Trade Organization?

By Merdan Amanov
Ashgabat formally applied for WTO membership in late 2021. What will it take for Turkmenistan to gain membership?

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