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Turkmenistan Takes Policing Women’s Bodies to the Next Level
May 03, 2022

Turkmenistan Takes Policing Women’s Bodies to the Next Level

By Akja Kepderi
In April, Turkmen authorities began cracking down on salons, enforcing a ban on a range of beauty services.

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.
Turkmenistan Will Get a New President on March 12. Will It Matter?
March 09, 2022

Turkmenistan Will Get a New President on March 12. Will It Matter?

By Catherine Putz
Will a change in president mean a change in leadership? And even if so, can that change in leadership measurably affect the challenges Turkmenistan faces?

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."

EU-Central Asia Economic Forum: Is Central Asia Ready for More Assertive EU Policy?
November 10, 2021

EU-Central Asia Economic Forum: Is Central Asia Ready for More Assertive EU Policy?

By Katrina Keegan
At the EU-Central Asia Economic Forum, the EU kept its rhetoric uncontroversial. However, Central Asian countries signaled they may respond well to more ambitious EU goals.

Turkmenistan and the WHO, a Delicate Dance
November 09, 2021

Turkmenistan and the WHO, a Delicate Dance

By Catherine Putz
At the end of the day the WHO has to deal with Turkmenistan as it is. That doesn't mean sharp critiques of both aren't also necessary.
A COVID-19 Loan for COVID-Denying Turkmenistan
August 12, 2021

A COVID-19 Loan for COVID-Denying Turkmenistan

By Lorena Cotza
The World Bank approved a COVID-19 loan for Turkmenistan, despite journalists reporting on the pandemic there being thrown in jail.

3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?
August 12, 2021

3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?

By Filippo Costa Buranelli
Presidential meetings in Central Asia are often dismissed for a lack of concrete results and for their exclusively ceremonial character. But there are good reasons to take the latest meeting seriously.

Afghanistan and Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment
August 10, 2021

Afghanistan and Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment

By Moez Hayat
The Central Asian republics can learn from the experience of Southeast Asia and use the crisis in Afghanistan to spur forward regional cooperation at a time of great power competition. 

Central Asian Leaders Set to Meet in Turkmenistan for Third Consultative Meeting
August 05, 2021

Central Asian Leaders Set to Meet in Turkmenistan for Third Consultative Meeting

By Catherine Putz
Following summits in 2018 and 2019, the 2021 meeting comes amid a great number of regional difficulties and concerns.
Weightlifter Guryeva Wins Turkmenistan’s 1st Olympic Medal
July 27, 2021

Weightlifter Guryeva Wins Turkmenistan’s 1st Olympic Medal

By James Ellingsworth
The silver medal is Turkmenistan’s first since independence in 1991.

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