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…

Public health and negligent infection control

Public health and negligent infection control The population of rodents – a source of dangerous infectious diseases – has increased in the Turkmen capital. This is evident by the number of rats’ holes which is increasing every day. Another scourge for the…

Officials close down Turkish school in Ashgabat

Officials close down Turkish school in Ashgabat The Turkish school which operated pursuant to Turkmen-Turkish agreements has been closed down in Ashgabat. Among its students were children of Turkish diplomats, entrepreneurs and builders as well as local children. It had been announced earlier…

High school diplomas to be urgently issued in Turkmenistan

High school diplomas to be urgently issued in Turkmenistan On Monday 11 August, the Ministry of Education released an unexpected instruction to the country’s schools with a request to be prepared to issue high school diplomas to those who had completed the 10th grade in…

Exit regulations for students studying abroad

Exit regulations for students studying abroad Turkmenistan’s State Migration Service has posted “useful information for student citizens of Turkmenistan studying abroad” on its website. The statement contains seven clauses which students should heed. Among them there are quite reasonable requirements such as:…

Follow up to the address by Turkmen artists

Follow up  to the address by Turkmen artists Following the publication of the address on our website, it appears that the executives of Turkmenistan’s Union of Artists got a little nervous. In particular, the meeting where it was expected that a lot of new…

The first monument to Turkmenistan’s second President

The first monument to Turkmenistan’s second President We have found out the name of the sculptor working on the first monument to the incumbent President of Turkmenistan. In March 2012 Saragt Babaev made a plaster model of the monument featuring Berdymukhammedov on a…

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…

More Warnings South Of The Afghan-Turkmen Border

The situation in Afghanistan’s northern Jowzjan Province continues to deteriorate, with one official claiming an increasing number of ethnic Turkmen are taking up arms, fighting with and against the Taliban, and that the lack of any…

U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan: Who Is Allan Mustard?

On July 17, 2014, the Senate Foreign Relations committee heard testimony on the nomination of Allan P. Mustard, a career diplomat who came up through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to be the U.S. ambassador…

Turkmenistan Is Finally Putting the ‘Ruhnama’ Behind Them

Earlier this month, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan declared that universities in his nation would no longer test applicants on their knowledge of the Ruhnama. Most of the world ignored what seemed like a minor domestic…

Turkmenistan’s Neutrality Tested by Instability in Afghanistan

Nineteen years ago, Turkmenistan’s mercurial president for life, Saparmurat “Turkmenbashi” (father of the Turkmen) Niyazov promulgated a foreign policy initiative unique in the post-Soviet space – official neutrality. Now, as the Dec. 31 date for the…

Here We Go Again: Turkmen Statue Proposal Suggests History May Be Repeating Itself

Turkmenistan, where praise for the president is always on public display, is about to have a new statue. For those familiar with the Central Asia country that is probably already enough information. It’s true. Adored, according…

Turkmenistan Joins List of World’s Worst Religious Freedom Violators

The United States Department of State has added Turkmenistan to its shortlist of especially worrying religious freedom offenders, calling the reclusive Central Asian nation a “Country of Particular Concern” for the first time. Turkmenistan has never…

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan to agree on route of regional railway

The final decision on the route of the Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Turkmenistan (TAT) regional railway will be made after signing a trilateral agreement in late July in Dushanbe, Tajik media reported on July 18 citing Tajikistan’s Minister of Transport…