Eurasia / Features

The Turkmen gas pipeline to Europe that will never be

Kanat Shaku in Almaty February 15, 2018

The trans-Caspian gas pipeline would allow European countries to cut their dependence on Russian gas, but with the legal status of the Caspian sea still unresolved the chances of it ever being built are very slim.

Mirziyoyev’s dash for reform

Filip Brokes in St Petersburg February 11, 2018

Islam Karimov’s successor seemed to hardly pause for breath in his first year as Uzbekistan’s president, delivering effective economic reforms and swiftly purging officials who might stand in his way.

Mudslinging contest between Kazakh oligarchs returns to London

Nizom Khodjayev in Bishkek November 27, 2017

The stakes are high for both sides in the long and dirty battle between fugitive banker Mukhtar Ablyazov and his former cohorts within the Kazakh elite.

Could Uzbekistan be Iran’s bastion of influence in Central Asia?

Kanat Shaku in Almaty November 14, 2017

Post-nuclear sanctions Iran and post-Karimov Uzbekistan may have a strong mutual interest in building a substantial trade relationship. For Tehran, the move might open the way to repairing relations with Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Caucasus “golden triangle” cooperation steams ahead

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 1, 2017

As the first train embarks on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, the economic and geopolitical factors pushing Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to cooperate are as strong as ever.