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Tightening internet controls as families desperately try to reach loved ones in Turkey, bogus economic performance figures, and Berdimuhamedov the elder visits the Gulf. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
In a visit full of symbolism, Turkmenistan’s president won a lucrative promise from Xi Jinping. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
Russia is proposing a major reconfiguration of the Central Asian gas market. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
Turkmenistan is finding new customers for its gas, while continuing to perform bizarre stunts for Guinness World Records. This and more in Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
Russia and China are the dominant trade and investment partners for Central Asian countries. But their dominance in the region is now being challenged by Turkey and Iran in a return to the "Great Game."
Turkmenistan has traditionally fostered its closest security relationship with Russia. But it has found room to develop military ties with the US and China. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
Closing an exit route. Plus: solicitous Russians and electricity exports. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
Food subsidies to end, Russia seeks closer ties, and energy news. This and more in Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
The terror group behind growing carnage in the wretched country says anyone working with the Taliban is a target.
Uniting in paranoia with Russia, warming to Iran, and opening for business. This and more in Eurasianet's weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
Serdar Berdimuhamedov has made his first consequential moves as Turkmenistan's president, offering hints of how he intends to rule.
To the West, Russia is once more viewed as an international pariah. For a viable economic path, Moscow must look east and south across Asia. Afghanistan as well as Central Asia could be crucial to its plans.
The future shape of Sino-Turkmen cooperation is going to be one of Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s biggest challenges. This and more in Eurasianet's weekly briefing.
Bargaining with China, selling to Tajikistan and vodka inflation. This and more in Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
As the president readies the public for yet another year of shortages, he has taken money from an economic stabilisation fund to breed more horses. This and more in our weekly briefing.
As hopes for an Afghanistan gas pipeline fade again, there is more upbeat news to the west.
Arbitrary collective punishment, breadlines before dawn, and a resurgence of diplomacy. This and more in Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
Afghanistan’s new rulers say the Turkmen-led mega-infrastructure investment is a “priority project”. Sceptics say that with the “nation building” impetus from the US gone, financing will be out of reach.
The 30th anniversary of independence was evidently not deemed an appropriate time for future planning. All the focus was instead on the past.