PANNIER: Gulf investment commitments to Central Asia rival sums once pledged by China

Bruce Pannier April 19, 2024

Since Russia lost leverage in the region after invading Ukraine, many countries have sought to fill the gap. In terms of pledged capital, the Arab nations have become big players.

Will the Baku-Supsa pipeline become Azerbaijan's second oil export artery?

Seymur Mammadov in Baku April 19, 2024

Despite the global "green transition," predictions of decreasing demand for fossil fuels have not yet been realized. And sanctions imposed on Russia are rewriting energy export routes.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Cautionary tale as onion prices crash amid glut on a "tragic" scale

Tawney Kruger in Tashkent April 18, 2024

Farmers who rushed for promised profits floored across the region.

Eurasia has 20 major petrochemical projects underway worth over $200bn to double plastics production

Ben Aris in Berlin April 18, 2024

Eurasia has 20 major petrochemical projects underway worth over $200bn to double plastics production.

Kazakhstan’s Kashagan claims against big oil firms now reportedly top $150bn

bne IntelliNews April 18, 2024

Astana said to have added $138bn claim for lost revenue, arguing energy majors developing Caspian Sea field have not fully delivered on production pledges.

Pro-Kremlin Voice of Europe resumes operations from Kazakhstan

bne IntelliNews April 17, 2024

Media platform that has promoted far-right EU politicians was expelled from Czechia last month.

Central Asian states have a coal dependency problem – report

Eurasianet April 14, 2024

Coal addiction in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan fuels regional global warming conundrum.

PANNIER: Caspian military drills that exclude Russia and Iran have some people in Moscow asking questions

Bruce Pannier April 12, 2024

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan going ahead with “Birlestik-2024”. Russian consternation is growing.

100,000 forced from homes in Kazakhstan by “biblical” flooding linked to climate change

Kanat Shaku in Almaty April 11, 2024

Rapid snowmelt amid sudden weather change, combined with heavy rains and already waterlogged ground prove a disastrous combination.

China expanding security footprint in Central Asia

Eurasianet April 11, 2024

Uzbekistan strives to improve ability to combat extremism, drug trafficking and cybercrime.

EBRD announces profit of €2.1bn in 2023

bne IntelliNews April 11, 2024

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced a significant rebound in its financial performance, recording a robust profit of €2.1bn for the year 2023, up from losses of €1.1bn in 2022.

Azerbaijan doubles down by expanding gas exports to Europe

Seymur Mammadov in Baku April 9, 2024

Azerbaijan is exporting more gas to Europe and Europe is keen to buy it. And as its own production of oil falls slowly it is repositioning itself as a major transit route for Kazakh oil, to allow it to reach the international markets.

Russia asks Kazakhstan for emergency fuel supply

Newsbase April 9, 2024

Russia has requested that Kazakhstan be ready to provide it with 100,000 tonnes of gasoline in the event of shortages.

Kazakhstan’s services sector sees renewed rise in activity in March, PMI shows

bne IntelliNews April 4, 2024

Anecdotal evidence points to stronger demand conditions that helped revive growth in new orders and activity.

Ukraine recruiting war mercenaries from Tajikistan, Russia’s security council chief reported as saying

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2024

Nikolai Patrushev said to have claimed Kyiv is running the recruitment via an operation at its embassy in Dushanbe.

Unexplained spill fuels concern about Afghan canal project

Eurasianet April 3, 2024

Is Uzbekistan engaging in quiet water diplomacy?

Manufacturing in Kazakhstan made return to growth in March, PMI shows

bne IntelliNews April 2, 2024

Companies respond to rise in new orders by ramping up production, employment and purchasing activity.

Colossal floods stun Kazakhstan

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet March 31, 2024

The irony is that while Kazakhstan routinely struggles with floods in spring, the months that follow often deliver drought.

Chinese companies have become a locomotive for change in Central Asia, says EDB

Ben Aris in Berlin March 28, 2024

Chinese companies are actively investing in the Eurasian countries and have become a locomotive for change as the world becomes smaller. Now they are building ties with the multilateral development banks in the region.

Tajik media pick up on Russian Duma deputy’s call for migrant visa regime following terrorist attack

bne IntelliNews March 28, 2024

Central Asians in Russia, meanwhile, endure beatings, vandalism and racism in backlash.