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.

US charges five for bribing officials to win Central Asia contracts for Rolls-Royce

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2017

Indicted individuals allegedly paid kickbacks to officials in countries including Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, contracts on a pipeline-to-China investment among those tainted by scandal.

President Berdimuhamedov counts 89 golds as Turkmenistan closes its $10bn Asian Games 'vanity project'

Kanat Shaku in Almaty September 29, 2017

Remote nation triumphs in country's unprecedented indoor and martial arts spectacle, but observers can't help but wonder at the cost of it all and the injustice suffered by residents evicted because they were in the way.

Launch of AIMAG games in Turkmenistan marred by stories of evicted Ashgabat residents

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2017

Turkmens flaunt expensive new infrastructure such as a $2.5bn falcon-shaped airport but campaigners release stories of inhabitants forced out of homes to make way for spectacle.

BOOK REVIEW: The international reach of Central Asia’s autocratic elites

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest July 25, 2017

Dictators without Borders combats the myth of Central Asia as a deeply traditional region isolated from international financial and legal systems.