Saturday 11 February 2017
February 11, 2017
Majlis Podcast: Why Turkmenistan's Presidential Election Might Not Be A Total Waste Of Time
Turkmenistan is holding a presidential election on February 12. Incumbent Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov is seeking to be elected president for the third time, and there is every reason to believe he will succeed. While the result seems guaranteed, the reasons for holding the election are not as immediately obvious. But there are reasons.
February 05, 2017
Majlis Podcast: Central Asia Prepares For Trump Administration
In the case of relations with, for example, China, Russia, and Mexico, there are already signals about the Trump administration's policy toward those countries. But what should the Central Asian states realistically expect from the new U.S. administration?
February 04, 2017
Analysis: Would The Real Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov Please Stand Up?
But if he looks like President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, the person who's been hitting the campaign trail in the last week or so doesn’t much act like Berdymukhammedov.(The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL.)
January 31, 2017
Watchdog Cites Global 'Dual Threat' From Authoritarian Powers, Populist Movements
U.S.-based liberty-and-democracy watchdog Freedom House says threats to political rights and civil liberties are increasing as authoritarian governments gain strength and populist and nationalist forces rise in the West.
January 29, 2017
Analysis: The Reasons Behind The Turkmen-Tajik Tiff
A recent spat between Turkmenistan and Tajikistan is probably the lamest dispute between two Central Asian countries I can remember, though I think I know the real cause of the problem. (The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL.)
January 19, 2017
Ailing Turkmen Economy Could Be Taking Toll On Public Health
An increasingly clear picture is emerging of Turkmenistan’s economic problems and their effects on its population, thanks to RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service and sites like chrono-tm.org, habartm.org, and fergananews.com. (The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL.)
January 11, 2017
Turkmenistan And The Neutrality Trap
The Turkmen government has been proudly proclaiming its UN-recognized status as a neutral country for more than 20 years now. Ashgabat's policy of "positive neutrality" is, since September 2016, even part of the country's constitution. But the policy is not always positive for Turkmenistan, and the current gas spat with neighbor Iran might be a case in point. (The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL.)