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Central Asian Presidents to be ‘Guests of Honor’ for Russian Victory Day Parade

Central Asian Presidents to be ‘Guests of Honor’ for Russian Victory Day Parade

By Catherine Putz
For the second year in a row, Central Asia’s leaders are making the trek to Moscow to mark a holiday of fleeting relevance in the region.

Turkmenistan’s Afghanistan Policy: Balancing Risks and Untapped Opportunities

Turkmenistan’s Afghanistan Policy: Balancing Risks and Untapped Opportunities

By Eldaniz Gusseinov
Ashgabat has a delicate balance to maintain between hewing to its traditional neutrality and mitigating potential threats from Afghanistan. 
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan Again Designated as Religious Freedom Violators, Granted Waivers

Tajikistan, Turkmenistan Again Designated as Religious Freedom Violators, Granted Waivers

By Catherine Putz
Yet again, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan – alongside Saudi Arabia and Pakistan – have been granted waivers from sanctions related to their religious freedom violations.

In Samarkand, USAID Head Power Announces New Funds for Central Asia

In Samarkand, USAID Head Power Announces New Funds for Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced an additional $14.3 million in regional programing, plus $18.7 million to boost collaboration in Uzbekistan, specifically.

Central Asia Comes Out of the Russian Shadow

Central Asia Comes Out of the Russian Shadow

By Erica Marat
The region’s search for language, historic memory, cultural heritage and – above all – dignity received a new impetus from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Cultural Diplomacy as a Key Instrument of China-Central Asia Cooperation

Cultural Diplomacy as a Key Instrument of China-Central Asia Cooperation

By Paolo Sorbello
An interview with Chinese diplomacy researcher Giulia Sciorati.

In Xi’an, China’s Xi Calls for a ‘Shared Future’ With Central Asia

In Xi’an, China’s Xi Calls for a ‘Shared Future’ With Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The summit produced the clearest iteration of Chinese interests in and commitments to Central Asia to date, but there's no "new blueprint" for relations.
Turkmen President Pays Visit to Tajikistan

Turkmen President Pays Visit to Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Although they don’t share a border, budding autocratic dynasties Turkmenistan and Tajikistan are close political neighbors.

Turkmenistan Votes for New, Opposition-free Parliament

Turkmenistan Votes for New, Opposition-free Parliament

By Associated Press
All of the candidates support President Serdar Berdymuhamedov and his father, Gurbanguly.

The Aura of Governance in Turkmenistan

The Aura of Governance in Turkmenistan

By Victoria Clement
A year after assuming the presidency, Serdar Berdimuhamedov lives even deeper in the shadow of his father.

Unpacking Geopolitical Competition and Energy Security in Central Asia

Unpacking Geopolitical Competition and Energy Security in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
A U.S. Senate subcommittee recently explored U.S. policy toward Central Asia amid the war in Ukraine and intense concern about global energy security.
Reforms and Investment Needed to Power Central Asia’s Clean Energy Future

Reforms and Investment Needed to Power Central Asia’s Clean Energy Future

By Tatiana Proskuryakova and Charles Cormier
As Central Asian governments roll out energy sector reforms, private investment is set to play a key role in economic development and the clean energy transition.

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