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The scale of the country's methane emissions is becoming a major embarrassment, but the government seems unwilling to do anything about it. This and more in this week's Eurasianet Akhal-Teke bulletin.
Stans were eager for red carpet treatment. Notably, Russia was not invited.
Strongman with an all-action personality cult not seen in public eye for more than two weeks.
When the stars aligned for son Serdar, his father’s plans to rule from behind the scenes started unravelling, says journalist and researcher.
Officials are interested in renewables on paper, but there is little evidence Ashgabat is committed to minimising the environmental damage it is causing. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
COP 28 climate conference organisers appeal to “super-emitter” country to work with outside agencies in addressing planet-warming leaks.
Move comes with Tehran already angry at neighbour Azerbaijan’s growing ties with its arch-foe.
Alexander Zhadan served as a gatekeeper and provided counsel, all while acquiescing to the crackpot megalomania that gripped both the presidents he served. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
Cargo traffic from Russia doubles, electricity export plans, and the former president gets even more megalomaniacal. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
Armed with evidence of “super-emitter” sites gathered by “satellite detectives”, climate change scientists will hope to persuade the Turkmens that measures to fix the leaks will pay for themselves.
Israel is imminently poised to open a permanent mission in Ashgabat, 20 kilometres from the Iranian border. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
Beijing is leaning toward buying additional Central Asian gas, despite reliability concerns.
Tightening internet controls as families desperately try to reach loved ones in Turkey, bogus economic performance figures, and Berdimuhamedov the elder visits the Gulf. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
Each time he appears to near the prize, difficulties caused by external events seem to snatch it away.
The son tries to escape his father’s shadow, costly breakdowns in gas exports, and Russia has been playing Turkmenistan for a fool. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
Moscow curries favour, neighbours seek more gas, and Turkmenistan’s colossal methane pollution could power Afghanistan at little cost many times over. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov returns as head of state, albeit with a different title. The word is, son and president Serdar has proved a bad negotiator.
Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s visit to Beijing may not have secured more gas sales, but it did serve to reaffirm ties with the country’s only stable major partner.