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Tajikistan: Monopoly practices send fuel prices soaring

One of the most popular means to get around Tajikistan’s capital is...

Kazakhstan: Fanfare as Astana opens financial hub

With a showman’s flourish, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev on July 5 opened...

Azerbaijan suffers blackout, and political blame game begins

Azerbaijan suffered a massive, country-wide blackout after an explosion at a power...

Perspectives | Making dynastic rule fashionable again: The case of Turkmenistan

Dynastic rule is coming back into fashion in Central Asia. And the...

With draft convention, resolution of Caspian Sea status appears closer than ever

A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea,...

Kazakhstan: Presidential daughter getting Panama-ed at a tricky time

Not for the first time, Kazakhstan’s ruling family has cropped up in...

Mass poisonings reported in Azerbaijan's cotton fields

Nearly 200 people have been hospitalized in Azerbaijan over the past nine...

Azerbaijan's "dream" pipeline commissioned – but troubles remain

Upwards of a thousand dignitaries – including the presidents of Turkey, Georgia,...

Azerbaijan boosts carpet making, but at what cost?

Azerbaijan has a long history of carpet making, with generations of artisans...

Turkmenistan’s vicious cycle

The president of Turkmenistan’s love affair...

Turkmenistan: Cotton bans and whitewashes

It is not often that you hear about cotton from Turkmenistan, although...

Perspectives | Floating nuclear power plant prepares for launch

Russian officials believe they have come up with an innovative way to...

Turkmenistan: Fast and furious. And broke

Akhal-Teke is a weekly Eurasianet column compiling news and analysis from Turkmenistan....

Uzbekistan: Coming to America

“Amerika serkhli diyor!” — America, a land of wonder!...

Turkmenistan says one thing, does another

In Turkmenistan, statistics are not so much a science as an art....

Turkmenistan: Taking in the dirty laundry

Akhal-Teke is a Eurasianet column compiling news and analysis from Turkmenistan....

Mystery over 2014 illnesses in western Kazakhstan village rumbles on

Four years on, the mystery over a village in Kazakhstan where dozens...

Azerbaijan appoints new prime minister from old elite

Azerbaijan’s parliament has unanimously approved the appointment of Novruz Mammadov, a longtime...

Perspectives | Washington joins Azerbaijan to undercut a transparency initiative

Campaigners were joyous nine years ago when Azerbaijan became the first country...

Six Georgian miners die in collapse, reinforcing calls for better labor safety

Six miners were killed and three seriously injured on April 5 after...

China assures Kazakhstan that US trade offensive won't hit imports

China has pledged to boost imports from Kazakhstan and guaranteed that US...

European Investment Bank Approves $1 Billion Funding for TANAP Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 932 million Euros ($1.15 billion)...

Perspectives | What Another Six Years of Putin Spells for Russia’s Economy

Most Russians would be forgiven for skipping this month’s presidential election. With...

Turkmenistan: Work Begins on Afghan Part of TAPI, High-Voltage Cables 

Work officially began February 23 on the Afghan section of the TAPI...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

“To be a Eurasianist should be cool, it should be stylish.”...

European Bank Approves 1.5 Billion Euros For Azeri Gas Pipeline

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 1.5 billion euros in financing...

TAPI Enters Afghan Phase with Little Cash and Many Problems

It is the natural gas pipeline project that many have long said...

Uzbekistan Racing Against Time to Avoid Energy Crunch

Since the soil beneath Uzbekistan is brimming with oil and gas riches,...

Turkey Suspends Talk Show for ‘Insulting’ Azeri Leader and Wife

Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog suspended a popular talk radio program and slapped one...

Kazakhstan: Dutch Court Lifts $22B Freeze on National Fund Assets

A court in the Netherlands has lifted a freeze of $22 billion...

Azerbaijan Keeps Aiming High with World Expo Bid

Azerbaijan’s appetite for the grandiose shows no signs of satiation, as it...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Travels to US for Working Visit

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has begun a three-day trip to the United...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central...

Taking the Temperature of Turkmenistan’s Economic Meltdown

In his year-end address to the nation, Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, brimmed...

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

Crimea is becoming a growing financial burden for the Russian government. Under...

Kazakhstan: US Bank Freezes $22Bln in National Fund Assets

A leading US bank has frozen $22 billion worth of assets belonging...

Caspian Pact Paves Way for Turkmen Gas Exports to Europe – Eventually

After close to 30 years of haggling over the legal status of...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of...

Kazakhstan Looks to Azerbaijan for Gas Transit

Kazakhstan is exploring options with Azerbaijan on finding new export outlets for...

Kazakhstan: President Demands Return of Offshore Funds

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has threatened companies stashing money abroad with ominous...

Russia Claims Caspian States Reach Agreement on Sea's Status

The five states bordering the Caspian Sea have finally agreed on "all...

Turkey Investigates Karabakh Visitors After Azerbaijan Issues Warrant

Turkey has opened a criminal investigation into four prominent intellectuals after they...

Kazakhstan: Government Presses Forward on Hazy Growth Strategy

Kazakhstan’s government has approved a development strategy blueprint to be implemented by...

China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

China is expected to be a major presence at the 28th meeting...

Uzbekistan Strikes Multibillion Dollar Deals in Korea, Seeks Mining Help

In his latest foray in the mission to reopen his nation to...

Currency Reform in Uzbekistan: Pain Precedes Gain

On the morning of November 15, motorists in Uzbekistan arrived at filling...

Turkmenistan: Iran, Saudis Dangle Exits from Energy Cul-de-Sac

In these lean times, Turkmenistan has been seeking out potential clients and...

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Power Grids to Reunite in Boon for the Region

In the latest heartening indication of improving energy cooperation in Central Asia,...

What if the Soviet Union had not Collapsed?

As states go, the Soviet Union died young. It also never made...

Kazakhstan, Paradise Papers: Offshore Propped Up by Bailed-out Bank

A trove of documents obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung has shed...

Full Steam Ahead: Long-Awaited Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Opens

The launch of a new railway in the South Caucasus has the...

Tajikistan: Business Rival of President’s Son-in-Law Neutralized

The owner of a leading chain of gas filling stations in Tajikistan...

Azerbaijan: EBRD Gives Go Ahead for Azeri Pipeline Funding Despite “Laundromat” Allegations

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s board on October 18 approved...

Fuel Crisis Grips Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, a nation rich in hydrocarbons, is grappling with a gasoline shortage...

Turkmenistan: Economy, Finance Ministries Merged to Save Money

Turkmenistan has merged two key ministries in the latest of a series...

South Korea Looking for Ways to Boost Central Asian Trade

South Korean officials have established an agency to deepen the country’s trade...

Evaluating the Risks Posed by Russia’s Nuclear Upgrade

In recently staged exercises, dubbed Zapad, Russian armed forces displayed a robust...

Azerbaijan and BP Cement Ties Through 2050

The government of Azerbaijan signed a new production sharing agreement (PSA) with the...

There is a Specter Haunting Azerbaijan, the Specter of George Soros

In response to a recent string of corruption allegations and international criticism,...

With Russia-NATO Meeting, is Baku the New Caucasian Geneva?

NATO's military chief and his Russian counterpart met in Baku, the first...

Turkmenistan: Indoor Games Playing Tricks on Population

It was almost seven years ago that Turkmenistan announced it would host...

Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan: Energy Cooperation or Competition?

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have declared themselves strategic partners as the two sides...

Azerbaijan Quickly Becoming Turks' Best (Only?) Friend

Turkey has gone through a rough foreign policy patch over the past...

Turkmenistan Abolishes Oil and Gas Construction Company to Save Cash

Turkmenistan has in an attempt to slash its expenditures scrapped the state...

Mongolia Gets On Board with China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road is putting pressure on Mongolia to resolve a...

Kazakhstan’s Expo: Vanity Fair or Imprint of the Future?

Recycling trashcans are everywhere you look at the Future Energy EXPO in...

Uzbekistan: The Hard Labor Behind Soft Silk

As has always happened at the end of every May, Nasiba Barkasheva’s...

Azerbaijan Expands War on Internet to VoIP

For the last month, Azerbaijani internet users have been unable to make...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

Established in 1997, GUAM—a platform named after its members Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan,...

Azerbaijan: State-Run Bank Default Vexes International Investors

Azerbaijan rattled international investors this month when the country’s biggest lender, International...

Georgia: Reluctant Host for Azerbaijani Dissidents?

For years, Georgia has been a safe harbor for dissidents seeking to...

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Pledge Game-Changing Energy, Power Cooperation

The love affair between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan shows every sign of intensifying,...

Turkmenistan: Is Corruption Probe Sign of Government Panic?

A very public campaign against corruption in Turkmenistan is picking up steam...

Uzbekistan: President's China Trip Yields Giant Rewards

Uzbekistan’s president went to China last week with great hope of landing...

EITI Suspension of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Tests Its Global Leverage

With the suspension of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, along with Azerbaijan’s withdrawal, the...

Azerbaijan: Racing to Develop Natural Gas Potential

Back in 1994, when the so-called “Contract of the Century” was signed,...

Uzbekistan to Embark on Hydropower Station Building Drive

Uzbekistan, a long-time opponent to neighboring nations building hydropower plants, has declared...

Turkmenistan: Might and Happiness, But Few Eggs

Turkmenistan has not in recent memory experienced much trouble providing its population...

Turkmenistan Not Playing With Its Showcase Sports Event

Late one evening in early April, the president of Turkmenistan emerged, dressed...

Iranian Navy Makes First-Ever Visit to Kazakhstan

Iran's navy has made its first formal visit to Kazakhstan as Tehran...

China’s Strategy in the Caucasus

When leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia took part in a session titled...

Why Europe’s Last Dictator May Suddenly Need Uncensored TV

Belarus may lose the only TV channel that dares to criticize its...

Turkmenistan: Salesman President Pleads for Help from Qatar

The president of Turkmenistan embarked on a two-day trip to Qatar this...

Azerbaijan: Ties with Pakistan Focusing on Arms and Energy

Azerbaijan’s diplomatic contacts with Pakistan have intensified over the past year, with...

Georgia’s Parking-Ticket Revolution

Parking tickets may be hated universally, but car owners in the Georgian...

Azerbaijan, Dropping Out of Transparency Initiative, Issues Challenge to Foreign Investors

Azerbaijan has decided to leave the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) after...

Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Expansion Delayed Again

The ill-fated fourth strand of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline has again...

Kyrgyzstan: A Haven for Reporters amid Love and Strife

In a rough neighborhood for journalists, Kyrgyzstan is a relative safe haven....

Azerbaijan: Ruined Village Becomes Showcase for “Great Return”

Mahammud Mirzaliyev, a soft-spoken farmer clearly unaccustomed to the media limelight, stood...

Drowning in Data – EITI in Kazakhstan Must Mean More

Kazakhstan is an implementing country in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and...

Tajikistan: Russia’s Rusal Offloads Tajik Assets and Flees

It is virtually axiomatic in Tajikistan that any major investor should, metaphorically...

Turkmenistan: Election Spectacle Hides Disturbing Economic Decline

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov – Turkmenistan’s car-racing, horse-riding, operation-performing, book-publishing and singing-songwriting president –...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Using Intimidation to Quell Labor Unrest

“He opened our eyes.” Toizhan’s face lit up as she recalled how...

Turkmenistan's Navy Shows Off New French Missiles

Turkmenistan has equipped its naval vessels with new anti-aircraft weapons, suggesting that...

Azerbaijan: Using Soviet Methods to Revive Cotton Industry

In September, at the beginning of the cotton harvesting season, Azerbaijani President...

Russia: Geopolitical Gifts Mask an Economic Dilemma for Putin

As Russia prepares to celebrate Orthodox Christmas, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has...

Turkmenistan's Image as Gas Supplier Takes Hit in Iran Row

As Turkmenistan and Iran continue to trade accusations in their unfolding dispute...

Turkmenistan, Iran Gas Dispute Serves as Ill Omen for New Year

In the dying days of 1997, the leaders of Turkmenistan and Iran...

Turkmenistan Signs Last-Minute Gas Deal With Iran

Turkmenistan has managed to avert the loss of one of its only...