The new academic year brings in new problems

The new academic year brings in new problems Today a new academic year begins. For the first time in the history of Turkmenistan there are 11th graders because up till now schools offered only a 10-year curriculum. However, by introducing a 12-year schooling, officials…

Defense or education?

Defense or education? The Turkmen authorities are so concerned by the situation on the Turkmen–Afghan border that they are prepared to undertake any measures to resolve this problem. In order to recruit new school graduates to the army, the…

How is ‘power and happiness’ measured?

How is  ‘power and happiness’ measured? Abuse by the authorities of its own citizens has long been common in Turkmenistan. Khudaikul Nazarov and his two children have been fully subjected to and are still experiencing this first hand. Khudaikul was born on…

Border closed – no newspapers

Border closed – no newspapers August marked one year since the abolition of visa-free movement across the Turkmen-Uzbek border for the border zone inhabitants of both countries. This has resulted in, inter alia, the disappearance in Dashoguz and Lebap velayats of…

Summer goes on: air conditioners must be dismantled!

Summer goes on: air conditioners must be dismantled! The municipal authorities of Ashgabat continue their fight against air conditioning units installed in privately-owned houses and apartments of the Turkmen capital. Strange as it may seem, the official become more zealous in regard to air…

Cancer of Turkmen healthcare

Cancer of Turkmen healthcare In the Dashoguz velayat the number of those who die of cancer is on the rise. In one street alone which consists of 25 houses, over the past three months funerals have been held in 15…

Turkmen-Turkish disputes over shutdown at the Ashgabat school

Turkmen-Turkish  disputes  over shutdown at  the Ashgabat school The story about the shutdown of the Turkish school in Ashgabat continues. A decision was made to not close down the Turkish school but that children of Turkmen citizens would not be able to continue their…

Gazprom, a new competitor to Turkmenistan in China?

Gazprom, a new competitor to Turkmenistan in China? History was made on the 21st May over the gas deal between Russia and China, and not simply because of the amount of money written into the contract: 400 Bn dollars, to deliver 38 bcm/y over…

Red lines become redder

Red lines become redder Régis Genté For Turkmenistan, the Ukrainian crisis won’t change fundamentally its relations with Russia. But Ashgabat will probably be even more careful to not anger the Russian bear Turkmenistan is not at the center of Russian…

What will 2014 be like for Turkmenistan? Four experts’ view on regional geopolitics

What will 2014 be like for Turkmenistan? Four experts’ view on regional geopolitics Régis Genté In an effort to bring new voices to give their opinion and expertise, we have asked four specialists of Central Asia to tell us what 2014could be like for Turkmenistan. Here is some verbatim.…

Is Russia Abandoning Turkmenistan?

Is Russia Abandoning Turkmenistan? We asked four well known Russian specialists on Central Asia to answer the following question: Is Russia abandoning Turkmenistan? Many observers of the region (including diplomats, experts, businessmen…) have the impression that Russia indeed will no…

Turkmenistan on the (rail) way to global integration

Turkmenistan on the (rail) way to global integration Two railways projects are under construction in Turkmenistan. They could contribute to integrate the country regionally and worldwide… if the government opens to the world The third decade of independence of the Central Asia Republics could…

TAPI, a pipe dream but…

TAPI, a pipe dream but… Régis Genté Never say never. This is what energy experts usually advise when it comes to pipeline projects. This is especially true when it comes to the former Soviet Union. Everyone remembers how for example the…

Generation “Ch”

Generation “Ch” Letter four. From the series “Letters which are unlikely to be read but need to be written” What generation is being raised in the epoch of power and happiness? What problems are the authorities creating for…

Ethnic Turkmens in Afghanistan stand up to Taliban

Tensions in the provinces bordering Turkmenistan have soared as the Taliban have sought to impose on these once-quiet areas their ideas in flagrant violation of laws, traditions and Islamic teachings. “To justify their appearance in lands…

Problems in Turkmenistan Energy Diversification

Problems in Turkmenistan Energy Diversification The Republic of Turkmenistan is the least prosperous of the five Caspian Basin littoral states, yet it ranks sixth in the world for its proven natural gas reserves of  265 trillion cubic feet (TCF)  from an…

Russian companies to cooperate with Turkmenoil

Industrial Group of Russian Metallurgical Complex and Turkmen State Concern Turkmenoil (also known as Turkmennebit) signed a memorandum of commercial and scientific-technical cooperation. The industrial group includes Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant JSC, Pervouralsky Novotrubny Works JSC,…

OSCE Centre launches border patrol training on Turkmen-Afghan border

Twenty officers from the State Border Service of Turkmenistan will take part in a training course on border patrol which was launched at the Imamnazar border crossing point on the Turkmen-Afghan border. Two international trainers will…

China, Turkmenistan to expand practical cooperation

China and Turkmenistan are set to further expand practical cooperation as Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli arrived here Tuesday to give a fresh boost to bilateral relations. During his stay, Zhang will meet with President Gurbanguly…

Turkey and Turkmenistan to open a joint university

Turkmenistan aims to reform its education system following Turkey’s steps to reach international standards. In order to achieve international standards in higher education, Turkey and Turkmenistan agreed on a new educational co-operation agreement that will allow…

Senior Advisor: Turkmenistan Keen to Utilize Iran’s Engineering Services

A senior advisor to the Iranian oil ministry said that valuable experiences of the country’s companies in manufacturing quality equipment and rendering standard engineering services have persuaded the Turkmen companies to ask for expansion of cooperation…