Archive for the ‘Turkmenistan’ Category

Taliban Plan Regional Logistics / Energy Trade Hub With Russian Oil In Mind

Via The Frontier Post, a report on the Taliban’s plans to build a regional logistics / energy trade: The Taliban has agreed with Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to build a logistics hub in western Afghanistan aimed at making the war-torn nation a major logistics point for regional exports, including oil from Russia to South Asia, the […]

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Turkmenistan’s Afghanistan Policy: Balancing Risks and Untapped Opportunities

Courtesy of The Diplomat, an article on Ashgabat’s delicate balance between hewing to its traditional neutrality and mitigating potential threats from Afghanistan: The recent delegations from the Taliban regime to Turkmenistan underscore a significant warming of relations between the two countries. On March 15, workers from Turkmenistan were scheduled to arrive in Afghanistan for three months to […]

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Gulf States And Central Asian Republics

Via Eurasia Review, an article on growing linkages between the Gulf states and Central Asia: Trade, transit and energy topped the agenda when foreign ministers from the GCC and Central Asian republics met in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, last week for their second “strategic dialogue”, following an inaugural event in Jeddah last July. The six Gulf states […]

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Reform Hopes Fade In Turkmenistan

Via Emerging Europe, a look at Turkmenistan: Two years after Serdar Berdymukhammedov replaced his father as president of Turkmenistan, hope that the younger man would reform one of the world’s most closed societies have all but evaporated.  When the eccentric Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov stepped down as Turkmen president in 2022 after 16 years in office (having […]

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Central Asia’s Gradual Economic Repositioning

Via East Asia Forum, an article on Central Asia’s gradual economic repositioning: In 2023, the Central Asian leaders showed increased willingness to institutionalise cooperation through annual summits and unified approaches to third countries. Despite foreign policy challenges associated with the Russia–Ukraine war, water disputes with Afghanistan and clashes on the Kyrgyz–Tajik border, the focus of […]

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Beijing Digs In for Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline

Via the Lowy Institute, commentary on the challenges facing a discussed Central Asia-China gas pipeline: China’s ongoing pursuit of a cross-border pipeline with Turkmenistan in Central Asia has repercussions for both the region and Australia. In October, China’s President Xi Jinping called for enhancing the China-Turkmenistan comprehensive strategic partnership, having already pushed to speed up the building of the […]

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