French bet?

French bet? Régis Genté On June 16th, French National Assembly voted in a law allowing the ratification of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between European Union and Turkmenistan. French MPs say they prefer dialogue based on “incentive,…

Almanac “Women in Turkmenistan”

Almanac “Women in Turkmenistan” The fact that a woman has turned from homemaker to main breadwinner of the family is a major change that Turkmen society has experienced during the years of independence. The reason for this is the policy…

Turkmenistan-Iran match: spectator fatalities

Turkmenistan-Iran match: spectator fatalities About 10 thousand people from various agencies and organizations from Dashoguz and neighbouring villages were forcibly sent to the soccer match between Turkmen and Iranian teams as spectators. Awaiting the start of the game and then…

Reserves for replenishing the Turkmen army are being exhausted

Reserves for replenishing the Turkmen army are being exhausted About 20500 military conscripts have served their two years of mandatory military service. However, the number of 18 year-old draftees and those who had draft deferment, does not exceed 19000. Despite the fact that the draft…

Barbarian dismantling of satellite aerials in Ashgabat

Barbarian dismantling of satellite aerials in Ashgabat On 17 June the Human Rights Dialogue between the European Union and Turkmenistan was held in Ashgabat, where visitors from Brussels raised the issue of forcible dismantling of satellite aerials. It was at that time when…

Offshore Turkmenistan

Offshore Turkmenistan By Régis Genté For the first time, a collection of academic articles are dedicated to the importance of offshore for the Central Asia’s economics, politics and international relations. Turkmenistan isn’t the easiest country to work on……

International organizations call on Turkmenistan to respect human rights

International organizations call on Turkmenistan to respect human rights Over the past few days the Turkmen authorities have been severely attacked twice. The United Nations Secretary-General and the EU delegation, which paid visits to Ashgabat, expressed the most severe criticism of human rights situation in…

French bet?

French bet? Régis Genté On June 16th, French National Assembly voted in a law allowing the ratification of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between European Union and Turkmenistan. French MPs say they prefer dialogue based on “incentive,…

Offshore Turkmenistan

Offshore Turkmenistan By Régis Genté For the first time, a collection of academic articles are dedicated to the importance of offshore for the Central Asia’s economics, politics and international relations. Turkmenistan isn’t the easiest country to work on……

Turkmen officials invent morals…

Turkmen officials invent morals… by Farid Tukhbatullin Deputy khyakim of Dashoguz velayat Gurbangul Ataeva has called off her requirement obligating schoolgirls to weave “alaja” – multi-coloured thread plaitings – woven into girls’ braids, which, according to a popular belief protects…

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…

Dubai Chases Turkmenistan Oil Stake

On June 15, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) offered to buy out the minority stakeholders in Dubai-based Dragon Oil for £7.5 ($11.81) per share, a proposition that was rejected days later by the largest minority investor…

Afghanistan’s Pipeline Nears Fruition

After nearly two decades, a Western project to bring Central Asian natural gas to South Asian markets seems to be reviving, despite the fact that it traverses both Afghanistan and Pakistan, where both nations are battling…

One Town’s Long Wait For The Turkmen President

Pity the residents of Turkmenabat. The word went out some two months ago that Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov would be visiting. Unfortunately, that message did not specify exactly when the head of state would arrive. Upon…

EU-Turkmenistan Human Rights Dialogue

On 17 June 2015, the European Union and Turkmenistan held the seventh round of their Human Rights Dialogue in Ashgabat. PRESS RELEASE The Turkmen delegation was led by Mr Vepa Hajiyev, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs,…

Surreptitious Totalitarianism

How many people reading this have heard of Turkmenistan? The isolated central Asian nation has geopolitical importance due to its proximity toward both Iran and Afghanistan, but beyond that is virtually unheard of. The nation’s proclaimed…

In Turkmenistan, UN Chief Says Future Peace Hinges on Human Rights

All efforts for sustainable development and a stable future must involve a deep respect for human rights and the strengthening of rule of law, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he concluded his five-day…

RFE/RL Turkmen Journalist Quits, Citing Mounting Official Pressure

A veteran RFE/RL journalist in Turkmenistan has resigned from his job, citing an unprecedented campaign of intimidation in a country already regarded as one of the most closed societies on earth. In his formal letter of…