Thursday 16 February 2017
February 15, 2017
Turkmenistan's Singer, Race-Car Driver, Jockey, Autocrat
Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, who was just reelected with a reported 98 percent of the vote, has a reputation for rigging elections and building his cult of personality. And as he is fond of demonstrating on state TV, he is a man of many other talents. (Current Time TV)
February 12, 2017
Majlis Podcast: The Relevance Of Radio In Central Asia
It's the 21st century and with the Internet and television many people look at radio as a medium for disseminating knowledge that is slowly fading into history. But that would be getting ahead of ourselves, because for every person in the world today with access to the Internet that are probably two or three others who have never used the worldwide web and are not likely to do so in the near future.
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.)