Сotton and market relations

Сotton and  market relations Since 1 September staff members of state-run agencies in the Dashoguz velayat have been sent to harvest cotton. In the meantime, residents are being sent to the neighboring villages. They are transported to the fields in…

Press conference of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in Ashgabat

Press conference of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in Ashgabat On 5 September the Information Resource Centre under the US Embassy in Ashgabat hosted the press conference of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Asia Daniel N. Rosenblum. It was devoted to the outcomes of…

In the run-up to the EU-Turkmenistan dialogue

In the run-up to the EU-Turkmenistan dialogue A meeting bringing together representatives of the European Union and human rights organizations was held in Brussels on 3 September. Similar meetings are held in the run-up to the EU-Turkmenistan dialogue. Staff members of the EU…

Concerning problems with internet access, air conditioners and other news

Concerning problems with internet access, air conditioners and other news Over the past few days internet connections have been disrupted across the country. Officials appease those who protested against the dismantling of air conditioning units. The president is scheduled to arrive in Dashoguz shortly. There are…

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…

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…

Press conference of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in Ashgabat (the official version)

Press conference of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in Ashgabat (the official version) 8 September 2014 State Department Press Releases And Documents Daniel Rosenblum Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ashgabat, Turkmenistan September 5, 2014 ________________________________ U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Ambassador Laura E. Kennedy: Well,…

Turkmenistan aims to develop long-term partnership ties with Azerbaijan

Turkmenistan is committed to develop long-term partnership ties with Azerbaijan on an equal and mutually beneficial basis in the best traditions of centuries-old friendship and good-neighborliness, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said. President Berdimuhamedov made the remarks…

Caspian Sea as a source of disagreement between Iran and Russia

Russia has been increasingly successful in convincing littoral states to accept its plan to divide the Caspian Sea based on a formula of Modified Median Line (MML). Agreements using the Russian proposal as the basis of…

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…