Archive for February, 2018

Afghanistan Breaks Ground on 1,127-Mile ‘Peace Pipeline’

Courtesy of the New York Times, a report on the latest developments around the TAPI pipeline: One of the boldest efforts to date to stabilize Afghanistan through economic development began on Friday with a ceremonial start to construction on a $22.5 billion natural gas pipeline crossing the country’s war-ravaged south. The pipeline, known as TAPI […]

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Gwadar vs. Chabahar

Via The Pakistan Observer, a look at the nascent competition between Gwadar and Chabahar ports: Pakistan’s signing of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with China is a milestone of economic cooperation between the two countries. It is expected that this Corridor would boost Pakistan’s ailing economy in the years to come. Gwadar, a strategic warm […]

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Once-Repressive Uzbekistan In From The Investor Cold?

Via The Financial Times, a report on Uzbekistan: In Uzbekistan’s ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand, near the blue-domed madrassas of central Registan Square, young Uzbeks still jostle for selfies by the statue of a local boy made good, the late dictator Islam Karimov. But, 17 months after Karimov’s death, there are signs that a […]

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Congo Raises Pressure on Western Mining Giants

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a report on Congo’s state-owned miner recent push for re-nationalization of mines: Congo’s state-owned mining firm, Gécamines SA, is pushing to renationalize the Central African nation’s rich natural resources, in a move that could roil some of the world’s largest mining companies and have implications for industries ranging from technology […]

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TAPI Enters Afghan Phase with Little Cash and Many Problems

Via Eurasianet, commentary on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline project: It is the natural gas pipeline project that many have long said could never happen. But the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline, or TAPI for short, is taking another important step forward this month with construction of its most precarious section. If it is ever completed, the bulk […]

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Uzbekistan’s Efforts To Avoid An Energy Crunch

Via the Times of Central Asia, a report on Uzbekistan’s efforts to avoid an energy crisis: Rich in oil and natural gas, Uzbekistan has experienced chronic shortages of motor fuel, as the country’s existing oil fields deplete and discovery of new hydrocarbon resources is not that easy and fast. We are republishing this article on […]

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