Tajikistan

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Taliban’s lousy power deals exposed as Uzbekistan pulls plug in deadly cold

Fuad Shahbazov February 3, 2023

Partly thanks to infrastructure projects blown up by the militants while they were trying to turf out the US, Afghanistan dependent on neighbours for 73% of electricity.

Time running out for wrecker of Tajikistan’s internet as Rahmon loses temper

Eurasianet February 3, 2023

Beg Sabur has been dispatched to the Pamirs to start work on overhauling the nation's internet.

Turkmenistan: A kick in the gas

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin February 1, 2023

Moscow curries favour, neighbours seek more gas, and Turkmenistan’s colossal methane pollution could power Afghanistan at little cost many times over. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

Big freeze that was feared by gas hungry Europe hits Central Asia, Iran

bne IntelliNews correspondents January 20, 2023

Tales of families sleeping in cars that are warmer than homes as cold front brings sub-zero temperatures not experienced in half a century.

OUTLOOK 2023: Small Stans

bne IntelIiNews January 19, 2023

The ‘small stans’ will spend another year striving to recalibrate political and economic relations with Russia and China – and other players Turkey, Iran and the West – amid the geopolitical maelstrom triggered by Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

Central Asia’s shorter winters are whittling away glaciers

David Trilling for Eurasianet January 18, 2023

Glaciers are disappearing around the world. Here’s how it happens in Central Asia.

EBRD invests record €13.1bn into its region in 2022

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2023

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development invested a record €13.1bn into its Emerging Europe and Eurasia region in 2022, the bank announced on January 12.

NEMETHY: Key economic and financial drivers to watch in 2023

Les Nemethy CEO and founder of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors January 10, 2023

There is an old joke that the role of economic forecasters is to make astrologers look good. Forecasting GDP or inflation for the upcoming year with any degree of accuracy is virtually impossible, but there are some scary signs appearing.

Central Asian rain may be caused by Indian, Chinese pollution

David Trilling for Eurasianet January 10, 2023

New research suggests that pollution thousands of miles away may be responsible for unusually strong summer downpours in Central Asia.

A middle class emerges in Central Asia

Ben Aris in Berlin December 16, 2022

Central Asia is bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic and after three decades of growth, incomes have risen to a point where a middle class is emerging in the steppe. And nothing says middle class more than a hoover.

Start of a new super cycle – fat and flat for 2023?

Ben Aris in Berlin December 15, 2022

The global economy has been through some enormous changes in recent years, leading investors and analysts to believe we are at the start of a new high-inflation, lower-growth super-cycle that could last for as long as a decade.

IMF: Global food prices to remain elevated amid war, costly energy, La Niña.

Ervin Prifti . December 14, 2022

Interest rate hikes have eased price pressures, but the weather, war and material costs could keep food prices elevated for longer,

IMF: Riding the global debt rollercoaster

Vitor Gaspar Paulo Medas and Roberto Perrelli for the IMF December 13, 2022

Global debt remained above pre-pandemic levels in 2021 even after posting its steepest decline in 70 years, underscoring the challenges for policymakers.

NEMETHY: The case for gold today – again

Les Nemethy CEO and founder of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors December 12, 2022

In April 2021 gold was sitting around a price of $1,700; as of December 10, 2022 it is now approaching $1,800. Relative to just about every other asset class, this is not a bad performance.

China stepping up military cooperation with Tajikistan

Eurasianet November 23, 2022

The countries have agreed to systematise defence cooperation.

EBRD warns of risk of 'zombification'

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

Development bank recommends countries should now gradually dial down help to vulnerable companies, so they can either learn to adapt to the new climate of higher interest rates or exit the market by going into insolvency.

bneGREEN: Scientists conclude ‘Third Pole’ permafrost thaw threatens Tajiks, Kyrgyz living on plateau

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty November 12, 2022

Research indicates that a fifth of buildings plus 40% of railways and roads on endangered parts of Himalayan Qinhai-Tibet Plateau are in trouble, driven by climate change.

PANNIER: Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are only talking at each other. Another conflict is looming

Bruce Pannier November 9, 2022

As mutual recriminations fly over September’s short war, both Bishkek and Dushanbe are busy equipping their militaries with more arms.

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