PANNIER: Russia is pushing Turkmenistan out of the natural gas market

Bruce Pannier May 24, 2024

Moscow’s moves to take over Central Asian pipeline capacity for deliveries to China might explain unusual urgency in the Turkmen search for new customers.

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan taking action to curb sorcery and charlatanism

Eurasianet May 24, 2024

Fortune-telling now a criminal act in Dushanbe.

Turkiye’s Erdogan to fly to Iran’s Mashhad for Raisi burial

bne Tehran bureau May 22, 2024

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to visit Iran on May 22 to attend the funeral of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, who was recently killed in a helicopter crash.

“Silent demise” of world’s vast rangelands threatens food supply of billions, warns UNCCD report

bne IntelliNews May 21, 2024

Sixty-plus experts examine degradation caused by land overuse and misuse, climate change and biodiversity loss.

Tajikistan: Officials sign deal to modernise TALCO, the country’s largest industrial enterprise

Eurasianet May 21, 2024

Details are lacking on work timeline and investment in aluminium plant.

EBRD2024: EBRD expects Emerging Europe growth boost in 2024, but slightly lowers forecast

Clare Nuttall in Yerevan May 15, 2024

Development bank makes downward revision in latest forecasts after worse than expected Q1 figures for Central Europe.

Relokanty: Is Russia’s loss Central Asia’s gain?

Marsha McGraw Olive May 8, 2024

Maximising the benefits of Russia’s surprising exodus.

Rights groups call on Tajikistan to disclose whereabouts of “forcibly disappeared” opposition leader

bne IntelliNews May 4, 2024

“Devastating reports” say Suhrob Zafar may have lost ability to walk following torture. Turkey suspected of role in rendition.

PANNIER: Kazakhstan helping to get wheels turning on Afghanistan railway projects

Bruce Pannier May 2, 2024

Growing optimism on ambitions to link Central Asia via Afghan territory to Pakistan’s Arabian Sea ports, the Gulf and Iran.

Russia doesn’t like taking a back seat to China in Central Asia trade

Eurasianet May 1, 2024

But domestic economic woes may be slowing Beijing’s exports.

Tajikistan protests to Russia over treatment of citizens with 1,000 stranded at Moscow airport

bne IntelliNews April 29, 2024

Central Asians have faced xenophobic backlash since March terror attack allegedly committed by Tajik gunmen.

It’s no slip-up, there are almost no bananas in Turkmenistan

bne IntelliNews April 27, 2024

Analysis shows Turkmens consume less than one banana per person per year.

Germany charges seven Central Asians with forming terror group

bne IntelliNews April 25, 2024

Five are Tajik nationals. Headache for Rahmon regime with Tajikistan looking increasingly like a major recruiting ground for international terrorists.

Tajikistan striving to convince the world that it can contain terrorism

Eurasianet April 24, 2024

Dushanbe’s strategy ignores underlying sources of radicalisation.

Unstable dams mean Chernobyl-scale nuclear disaster threatens Central Asia’s Fergana valley

bne IntelliNews April 23, 2024

Studies show Soviet-era radioactive waste disposal facilities became unreliable following 2017 landslide.

Central Asia: Welcome to the “opportunity zone”

bne IntelliNews April 23, 2024

The Great Game’s got a new name.

Iran eyes overseas power plant development

bne Tehran bureau April 23, 2024

Iran plans to expand its power plant development projects overseas, including renewable energy generation.

UK’s Cameron addresses British “lack of seriousness” in Central Asia with five-day tour

bne IntelliNews April 22, 2024

Urges region’s five nations to tackle shadow trading equipping Russian war machine. Awkward fact is that much of the trade is made up of redirected deliveries from Britain.

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.

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.