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The president of Turkmenistan embarked on a two-day trip to Qatar this week in the hope of drumming up vital investment, although he does not seem to have come back any with any visible results. Aside from meeting with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin...
The president of Uzbekistan’s maiden foreign trip, to Turkmenistan, may prove a valuable exercise in building bridges — well, inaugurating them at least. For his first visit since becoming leader of his country, Shavkat Mirziyoyev decided on March 6...
Turkmenistan is aiming for the stars. Speaking at his presidential inauguration after winning a galactic 97.7 percent of the vote in an election over the weekend, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov announced that Turkmenistan will embark on further...
As had been widely anticipated, Turkmenistan’s president has not only won the presidential election, but has done so with a stratospheric majority, despite his nation’s sinking economy. In light of the intensely authoritarian nature of the country,...
The head of Turkmenistan’s state gas company Turkmengaz has been fired as the government remains mired in an debt dispute with Iran over historic gas deliveries. At a government meeting on January 13, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov announced...
With characteristic pomp, Turkmenistan unveiled an idiosyncratic new airport terminal in the capital shaped like a falcon thrusting through desert air, to acclaim last year. And now, if a report in RFE/RL’s Turkmen service Radio Azatlyk is to...
As Turkmenistan and Iran continue to trade accusations in their unfolding dispute over natural gas debts, Turkmenistan has suffered a dismal defeat in the information war. In the middle of December, some media outlets began reporting that...
Turkmenistan has managed to avert the loss of one of its only two buyers of natural gas with some desperate, last-gasp negotiations. Iran’s Mehr news agency reported on December 30 that Turkmenistan has signed a new gas deal despite demands from...
Turkmenistan’s education ministry has revived a practice from the days of the late President Saparmurat Niyazov to make the current leader’s written work a mandatory text in schools. Passages and quotations from “The Fount of Wisdom” by Gurbanguly...
A team of International Monetary Fund specialists have concluded their latest visit to Turkmenistan and returned with some sobering observations on the state of the energy-dependent nation’s economy. One key takeaway from a statement issued on...