More pain stored up for Emerging Europe in 2023

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Government efforts to shield populations from the energy crisis and rampant inflation have shifted the economic impact to next year, says the EBRD as it downgrades GDP growth forecasts for 2023.

PANNIER: In Turkmenistan, new president maintains course into the abyss

Bruce Pannier September 28, 2022

Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the head of state who rarely smiles, has also given his country little reason to do so.

Taliban sign deal to buy Russian oil, gas and wheat

Ben Aris in Berlin September 28, 2022

Agreement marks regime’s first international economic deal. Moscow eyes economic corridor through Central Asia and Afghanistan to South Asia.

Turkmenistan: Piping up

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin September 28, 2022

Turkmenistan has traditionally fostered its closest security relationship with Russia. But it has found room to develop military ties with the US and China. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan warn citizens not to sign up to fight for Russia in Ukraine

bne IntelIiNews September 22, 2022

Warnings issued after opening of Moscow military recruitment centre for foreign citizens amid Putin’s announcement of partial mobilisation.

PANNIER: At Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, watch the action on the sidelines

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 13, 2022

Most important discussions and agreements at Samarkand gathering likely to concern regional connectivity, and the odd men out are Russia and Belarus.

Turkmenistan: Thank you for your service deferral

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin September 8, 2022

Closing an exit route. Plus: solicitous Russians and electricity exports. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

Turkmenistan: The price isn’t right

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin August 31, 2022

Food subsidies to end, Russia seeks closer ties, and energy news. This and more in Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

Ukraine claims Kremlin exploiting Central Asian migrant surge to boost army numbers

bne IntelIiNews August 19, 2022

Military recruitment said to be focused on workers from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan tempted back to Russia by strong ruble.

Turkmenistan: Come fly with me

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin August 11, 2022

Obsessing about sports, building bridges and speaking up for China. This and more in Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

COMMENT: As geopolitical tectonic plates shift, Central Asia's getting nowhere fast on unity

Fuad Shahbazov July 26, 2022

Tricky relations with Moscow and Beijing, a destabilised Afghanistan below the region’s soft underbelly and intra-regional rivalries turned a summit into a curate’s egg.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Why Tajikistan and Turkmenistan said no to a Central Asian ‘Visegrad Group’

Nizom Khodjayev in Nur-Sultan July 25, 2022

Some analysts contend Moscow was not in favour of Kazakhstan’s proposal, but the opposite might actually have been the case.

Report exposes continued prevalence of forced labour in Turkmen cotton industry

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty July 24, 2022

At the same time, cotton products from Turkmenistan still make their way to Western markets despite supposed bans.

Central Asia leaders' meeting fizzles as Tajiks, Turkmens refuse to sign treaty

Eurasianet July 22, 2022

The gathering had been intended to create regional solidarity in the face of overbearing pressure from China, Russia.

Russian freight train arrives in Iran, marking new trade corridor milestone

bne IntelIiNews July 13, 2022

Rail haulage development important in context of accelerated realisation of International North-South Transport Corridor, with Moscow cargo options limited by Western sanctions.

Turkmenistan: Holiday road

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet bulletin July 13, 2022

Because official statistics are nonsense, Eurasianet looks to personnel reshuffles to understand where the government recognises it is underperforming.

Islamic State threatens Central Asian and Chinese ventures in Afghanistan

Lucas Webber for Eurasianet July 10, 2022

The terror group behind growing carnage in the wretched country says anyone working with the Taliban is a target.