PANNIER: Precarious balancing act for ‘everybody’s friend’ Central Asia

Bruce Pannier June 2, 2023

West might talk tough on Russia sanctions enforcement, but it may have to settle for half-hearted promises from region.

Turkmenistan: Karakum as you are, as you were

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin May 31, 2023

The authorities suffer from a case of misplaced priorities in thinking about the future. This and more in this week's Eurasianet Akhal-Teke Bulletin.

bneGREEN: Biden officials ‘in serious talks’ with Turkmenistan on curbing vast methane emissions

bne IntelIiNews May 31, 2023

Deal could be struck ahead of COP 28 climate summit. It would be hailed as a major breakthrough in addressing global warming.

Xi presents grand development plan for Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews May 21, 2023

Some observers conclude, however, that the big event produced lots of rhetoric and little action.

Threat posed by Taliban’s huge canal project to Central Asia farmland causing mounting anxiety

bne IntelIiNews May 20, 2023

Uzbek official cited as saying “negotiations with the Afghan side are held on a regular basis, but in a closed mode so as not to disturb society”.

Flurry of investment moves precede milestone China, Central Asia 5+1 summit

bne IntelIiNews May 18, 2023

Beijing woos region at a time when Russia is too distracted by the Ukraine war to focus effectively on its backyard.

Milestone China-Central Asia ‘5+1’ summit pursues new blueprint for relations

Ben Aris in Berlin May 18, 2023

Stans were eager for red carpet treatment. Notably, Russia was not invited.

EBRD cuts regional growth forecasts again but Central Asia still going strong

Clare Nuttall in Samarkand May 16, 2023

Inflation remains a drag on growth in Emerging Europe, along with sluggish growth in advanced economies and stricter financing conditions in Central Europe and the Baltic states.

EBRD 2023: EBRD meets in Samarkand as Central Asian transformation accelerates

Clare Nuttall in Samarkand May 14, 2023

Development bank holds its annual meeting in Central Asia for the first time in 12 years.

Where is Turkmenistan’s Berdimuhamedov?

bne IntelIiNews May 14, 2023

Strongman with an all-action personality cult not seen in public eye for more than two weeks.

Leaders of all five 'Stans plus Armenia in Moscow for May 9 victory parade

Ben Aris in Berlin May 9, 2023

The leaders of Central Asia's five republics plus Armenia's PM arrived in Moscow to stand by Putin for the annual May 9 Victory Day parade, despite strong US pressure to downgrade and even break ties with Russia where possible.

Think tank releases intriguing account of how Turkmenistan’s Berdimuhamedov senior reclaimed power from junior

bne IntelIiNews May 7, 2023

When the stars aligned for son Serdar, his father’s plans to rule from behind the scenes started unravelling, says journalist and researcher.

Turkmenistan: Yabba dabba Dubai

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin May 4, 2023

Officials are interested in renewables on paper, but there is little evidence Ashgabat is committed to minimising the environmental damage it is causing. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.

bneGREEN: International call for remote Turkmenistan to deal with methane emissions stepped up

bne IntelIiNews April 30, 2023

COP 28 climate conference organisers appeal to “super-emitter” country to work with outside agencies in addressing planet-warming leaks.

Boom time on Central Asia’s stock exchanges pushes capitalisation above $100bn

bne IntelIiNews April 26, 2023

Trading driven by covid rebound and rising importance of five ‘stans’ as manufacturing and transit economies due to sanctions imposed on Russia’s economy.

US urges Turkmenistan to cut methane emissions to help battle climate crisis

bne IntelIiNews April 25, 2023

Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses urgent issue during Washington visit of Turkmen counterpart. Military chiefs of two countries hold concurrent meeting on security challenges.

ING: World trade to see big shifts and weaker growth in 2023

ING April 21, 2023

World trade has been falling, but we still expect growth to return this year. We do notice large shifts in world trade as advanced economies – especially the US – are diversifying input sourcing.

Iran frets as Israel opens embassy 11 miles from border in Turkmenistan

bne IntelIiNews April 20, 2023

Move comes with Tehran already angry at neighbour Azerbaijan’s growing ties with its arch-foe.

Turkmenistan: The passing of a grey cardinal

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin April 19, 2023

Alexander Zhadan served as a gatekeeper and provided counsel, all while acquiescing to the crackpot megalomania that gripped both the presidents he served. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.

ING: IMF remains cautious on world economic outlook

ING April 15, 2023

Amid a downgrade to the IMF’s global growth forecast, EM sovereigns should remain resilient with areas of relative growth outperformance, easing pressure on commodity importers and fiscal reform momentum.