Turkmenistan: Pledging the depths

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin December 7, 2023

Ashgabat's promises to curb greenhouse gases do not stand up to scrutiny. This and more in this week's Eurasianet Akhal-Teke Bulletin.

Arkadag, Turkmenistan’s “Man City”, blitz league in debut season

bne IntelIiNews December 6, 2023

Backed by the regime, new club signed most of their rivals’ best players and won all of their matches in march to title helped along by some most fortunate refereeing.

Transition risks for petrostates higher than ever, says report

bne IntelliNews December 5, 2023

Petrostates are currently confronted with significant challenges arising from the ongoing energy transition. The diminishing demand for oil and gas is exerting downward pressure on commodity prices, which in turn threatens future revenue streams.

COP28: Turkmenistan joins Global Methane Pledge

Will Conroy in Prague December 1, 2023

Country’s president announces in Dubai that Turkmens will join world effort to seal “super-emitter” sites. Planet-heating gas pours out of remote Central Asian nation at alarming rate.

Training of “Tajik Taliban” suicide bombers shows threat to Central Asia from Afghanistan is growing, say analysts

bne IntelIiNews November 30, 2023

Ranks of Jamaat Ansarullah movement based near border with Tajikistan said to be swelling.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Success in delivering Turkmenistan methane crackdown would be big moment for COP28

bne IntelIiNews November 28, 2023

US and global institutions have been lobbying the “super-emitter” all year long. The moment of truth will arrive at the summit.

Uzbekistan’s president urges UN Central Asia summit to “not leave Afghanistan alone with its problems”

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent November 24, 2023

Calls for more regional cooperation in address to United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA).

EBRD survey reveals surprising surge in life satisfaction in Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 23, 2023

In the last seven years, Emerging Europe has grappled with pandemic, war and a cost of living crisis. So why did people get happier?

INTERVIEW: Green transition must be a just transition, says EBRD chief economist

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 21, 2023

EBRD research shows majority in transition countries believe climate change will severely affect the children of today, but fewer people are willing to pay to address the climate emergency.

SDS storms fed by sand and dust equal in weight to 350 Great Pyramids of Giza, says UNCCD

bne IntelIiNews November 19, 2023

Sometimes known as the sirocco, haboob, yellow dust, white storm or harmattan, the phenomenon that engulfs everything in its path can be a costly disaster.

Central Asia land degradation data demonstrates rapid advance of crisis worldwide says UNCCD

bne IntelIiNews November 13, 2023

Data shows that in region an area almost four times the size of Kyrgyzstan is degraded.

UK engagement with Central Asia “lacks seriousness” says report by British MPs

bne IntelIiNews November 12, 2023

Overcoming the “inadequate” approach is “a geopolitical imperative” amid great power competition, while a crackdown is needed on London enabling region’s corrupt elites, it adds.

Turkmenistan: Rights and wrongs

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin November 9, 2023

Turkmenistan’s Universal Periodic Review is taking place at the United Nations Human Rights Council this week. There will be a lot to talk about. This and more in this week’s Eurasianet Akhal-Teke Bulletin.

Turkmenistan: Homage to Anatolia

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin October 27, 2023

Turkey will be key to ensuring Turkmenistan can get its gas riches to customers in Europe. This and more in this week's Eurasianet Akhal-Teke Bulletin.

Uzbekistan pursues mediation with Afghanistan over Qosh Tepa canal

Eurasianet October 25, 2023

An Uzbek government delegation is expected to travel to Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Turkmenistan: And the award goes to...

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin October 19, 2023

The report card is in on Turkmenistan's sham parliamentary election. Bad, not that anybody cares. This and more in this week's Eurasianet Akhal-Teke Bulletin.

Central Asian leaders travel to China to pay homage to Xi’s BRI vision

Justin Burke at Eurasianet October 18, 2023

Ten years on are investments bringing desired returns?

Absent Armenia remains elephant in room as Putin prepares for CIS summit in Kyrgyzstan

bne IntelIiNews October 13, 2023

Trip abroad is Russian leader’s first since International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest.

Turkmen stand-up comic beaten to death in Ashgabat after returning home from Turkey

bne IntelIiNews October 12, 2023

Many Turkmen migrants forced to leave Turkey by deal Ankara regime struck with Turkmenistan’s dictatorship.

Turkmenistan: What Serdar does in the shadows

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin September 28, 2023

Russian diplomacy and Turkmenistan's evolving foreign relations amidst president Berdimuhamedov’s growing influence. And more in this week's Eurasianet Akhal-Teke Bulletin.