Wish he arrived sooner

Wish he arrived sooner For over a month the executives of the Dashoguz velayat have been working in an emergency mode not because the cotton harvesting campaign was launched but in order to organize a proper red carpet welcome for…

”Azatlyk” caves in

”Azatlyk” caves in In major cities of Turkmenistan certain individuals with access to the Internet manage to bypass the blocked website and visit “banned” websites, whereas a considerable number of residents in the provinces listen to a “forbidden” radio…

Wanted and unwanted specialists

Wanted and unwanted specialists Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Healthcare has suddenly realized that there is an acute shortage of highly qualified specialists. Starting from early September the Ministry invited healthcare practitioners, some of whom had previously been dismissed either because of…

Former Deputy Prime Minister “resurrects” and starts a teaching career

Former Deputy Prime Minister “resurrects” and starts a teaching career On 1 September Byagul Nurmyradova began her career as an instructor in the Turkmen State Institute of Culture. On 4 April 2014 she had been relieved of her duties as Deputy Chairperson of Turkmenistan’s Cabinet of…

Security measures in the run-up to the Turkmen President’s arrival

Security measures in the run-up to the Turkmen President’s arrival From September 9 to September 11 police officers in Dashoguz collected rifles and cartridges from local residents. We have previously reported that the President was scheduled to arrive in Dashoguz on September 15. It became known…

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…

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…

Turkmen-Afghans confront Taliban on their own

Ethnic Turkmens in Afghanistan continue to battle Taliban units that have made an unwelcome appearance near the Afghan-Turkmen border. On the night of August 25-26, a three-hour gun battle ended with an anti-Taliban militia forcing the…

Questions about SA rifle sale to Turkmenistan

Cape Town – The DA wants an explanation for why South Africa sold 50 sniper rifles to Turkmenistan, a country widely criticised internationally for its human rights abuses. “I will ask National Conventional Arms Control Committee…

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…