FPRI BMB Ukraine: Central Asia surprisingly neutral on Russian war in Ukraine

Alexander Thomas for FPRI BMB Ukraine June 30, 2022

To the surprise of many, each of the Central Asian Republics has maintained a neutral stance on Russia’s military operations in Ukraine.

Death of China-to-Russia cargo transit routes means it’s all aboard for Kazakhstan

Nizom Khodjayev in Almaty June 25, 2022

Vladimir Putin wants to reorientate Russian trade east and south. To some extent, such a strategy will be complicated by an avoid-Russia-at-all-costs mentality drawing commerce to a ‘Middle Corridor’.

Book review | China’s “detached” power

Maximilian Hess for EurasiaNet June 21, 2022

A new book exposes the hollowness of many Western assumptions about China’s role in Central Asia.

Turkmenistan: Masks off

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin June 15, 2022

Uniting in paranoia with Russia, warming to Iran, and opening for business. This and more in Eurasianet's weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

China hectors Central Asia to steer clear of big power politics

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet June 9, 2022

Foreign Minister Wang Yi used a visit to Central Asia to talk about the United States. But his counterparts wanted to talk business.

Turkmenistan: Colt of personality

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet bulletin May 30, 2022

Doing business with Russia and Kazakhstan, reopening borders, and honouring the former president’s favourite horse. This and more in Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

CEE companies weather the COVID-19 crisis

Robert Anderson in Prague May 23, 2022

Prompt and decisive government intervention, financial lifelines and firms’ involvement in global value chains have helped minimise insolvencies, says EIB/EBRD report.

Turkmenistan: Car and beauty bans further erode women’s rights

Serdar Aitakov for IWPR May 18, 2022

Fresh prohibitions have crushed hopes that newly appointed 40-year-old president Serdar Berdimuhamedov would pursue a more enlightened path.

EBRD expects 30% GDP contraction in Ukraine in 2022, lowers emerging Europe projections

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.

Perspectives | Does a Russian bank merit a sanctions waiver for Central Asia?

Maximilian Hess for EurasiaNet May 5, 2022

Transkapitalbank has requested the US Treasury let it continue to operate in Central Asia.

Turkmenistan: Serdar ascending

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin April 13, 2022

Serdar Berdimuhamedov has made his first consequential moves as Turkmenistan's president, offering hints of how he intends to rule.

LONG READ: Afghanistan key to uncorking Russia's access to South Asia

bne IntelIiNews April 4, 2022

To the West, Russia is once more viewed as an international pariah. For a viable economic path, Moscow must look east and south across Asia. Afghanistan as well as Central Asia could be crucial to its plans.

Don’t forget Afghanistan, pleads Uzbekistan, as Ukraine war rages

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet April 3, 2022

Russia used the meeting in China to emphasise its importance in Central Asia.