Samarkand declaration champions global food security amidst growing concerns

Daniel Rad September 7, 2023

The International Conference on Food Security on 7-8 September is hosting agriculture ministers from 15 nations, deputy ministers from eight countries and senior diplomats from 13 nations.

Francis Fukuyama says a weakened Russia will present opportunities for Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews September 5, 2023

While in Almaty for a book launch, US political scientist suggests that if Moscow comes out of Ukraine war diminished, the ‘Stans’ will have room to set their own policies without worrying about the Russian response.

Putin slams door shut on any quick revival of Black Sea grain deal

bne IntelIiNews September 4, 2023

Meeting with Turkish counterpart Erdogan produces no tangible sign that Moscow is preparing to budge on allowing Ukrainian ships safe passage.

COMMENT: The water and energy nexus in Central Asia

Nikolai Podguzov Chairman of Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) September 1, 2023

Climate change is real, and it calls for action at the global, regional, and national levels. One of its impacts is additional water stress in addition to what many countries experience already. Effective counteraction requires joint action.

bneGREEN: ExxonMobil says world will fail to meet Paris goal in 2050

Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles August 30, 2023

Oil supermajor ExxonMobil says that the world will fail to meet the Paris Agreement goal to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by 2050.

Orban invites illiberal allies to Budapest on national holiday celebrating Hungary’s Western orientation

Tamas Csonka in Budapest August 21, 2023

Unprecedented showcasing of power by Hungary’s strongman alongside World Athletics Championships.

Exports from the West to Central Asia boom as sanctions on Russia remake global trade routes

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2023

Extreme sanctions on Russia have dramatically remade global trade flows Russia turns to its friends to act as transit countries for banned goods. And most have cooperated, both because of pressure placed on them by Moscow and the money they can make.

How exposed is the Uzbek soum to the collapse of the Russian ruble?

Ben Aris in Berlin August 15, 2023

The Uzbek soum has started to lose value in the last few days and the country’s international reserves have fallen for the fourth straight month as it appears the National Bank of Uzbekistan has tried to protect the currency from the ruble's fall.

Central Asia: Low water levels on Irtysh River create quandary for Kazakhstan

Eurasianet August 15, 2023

An update on recent developments in Chinese-Russian-Central Asian affairs.

MACRO ADVISORY: Ruble’s fall creates currency risk in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Chris Weafer CEO of Macro-Advisory August 15, 2023

The Russian ruble has fallen by 28.5% in value vs. the US dollar since the start of this year but it has yet to have a big impact on the currencies of the other members of the CIS. But it could do so soon.

Britain's Serious Fraud Office confiscates luxury properties worth $25.5mn from Uzbekistan's Karimova

bne IntelIiNews August 9, 2023

Two apartments in London’s prestigious Belgravia and Surrey mansion allegedly bought with proceeds of corruption.

PANNIER: Taliban’s ‘thirsty’ Qosh Tepa Canal looming large for Central Asia neighbours

Bruce Pannier August 9, 2023

Presidents of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan gathered for unprecedented summit, with officials wary of Afghan militants’ unbending stance on water issues at the border.

bneGREEN: TotalEnergies takes full control of Total Eren to boost renewables portfolio

Mike Weber August 4, 2023

French multinational energy company TotalEnergies revealed on July 25 that it will acquire complete control of joint venture Total Eren.

Central Asia: Trade with China registers strong growth during first half of 2023

Justin Burke at Eurasianet July 26, 2023

Uzbek figures differ significantly from Beijing’s data.

PANNIER: Central Asia’s dream of taking the train to the Arabian Sea a step closer to reality

bne IntelIiNews July 26, 2023

Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan agree to railway’s route, but securing funding pledges for the multi-billion-dollar project remains a big problem.

Iran warns Islamic State leaders and fighters have moved to Afghanistan

bne IntelIiNews July 21, 2023

Tehran, meanwhile, remains concerned for plight of Persian-speaking minority peoples of neighbouring country under Taliban.

bneGREEN: Demand soaring, market responding for critical minerals – IEA

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles July 12, 2023

Record deployment of clean energy technologies such as solar PV and batteries is propelling unprecedented growth in critical minerals markets, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.

PANNIER: There is no graceful exit from office for Central Asian presidents – except for the grave

Bruce Pannier July 11, 2023

Until a Central Asian president does manage to leave office and peacefully retire, the cycle of lifelong leaders is likely to continue.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev re-elected as President of Uzbekistan with overwhelming majority

bne IntelliNews July 10, 2023

The preliminary results announced by the Central Election Commission revealed that Mirziyoyev secured over 87% of the votes, solidifying his position as the country's leader for another seven-year term.

PROFILE: President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev is seeking to renew his reform mandate in snap elections

Ben Aris in Tashkent July 8, 2023

Uzbekistan, the largest country in Central Asia, with a population of more than 35mn, will hold presidential elections on July 9 where the incumbent Shavkat Mirziyoyev will seek another 14 years in office to continue his energetic reforms.