Category Archives: Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Anxious to Diversify Gas Export Markets

Judged by statistics alone, Turkmenistan has the potential to be one of the world’s major natural gas exporters. According to the U.S. government’s Energy Information Agency, as of January 2015, Turkmenistan has estimated natural gas reserves of 265 trillion cubic feet (tcf), giving it the world’s fourth to sixth largest natural gas reserve holders, depending [...]
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Turkmenistan and Afghanistan Seek Stronger Ties amidst Uncertainty

Despite the turmoil currently roiling Afghanistan, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, in power since December 2006, sees Afghanistan as a potential land of opportunity, as a trading partner, a market for electricity exports, and a transit nation for the long proposed but interminably delayed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline. For such a grandiose project to succeed, Turkmen-Afghan relations [...]
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Taliban Advances Raise Alarm in Turkmenistan

Since September 28, Afghan security forces have struggled to wrest control of Kunduz, capital of Kunduz province, from its seizure by the Taliban. As Kunduz adjoins Afghanistan’s frontier with Tajikistan, officials from Dushanbe to Moscow have become increasingly concerned that militants may seek to cross the border and carry their jihad into the post-Soviet space. [...]
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Islamic State Continues to Threaten Weary Central Asia

As the U.S. belatedly aligns its Syrian foreign policy with Russia to coordinate operations against the Islamic State militants, farther east the IS threatens another government. The IS has ambitious plans for Afghanistan, but Taliban resistance, U.S. drone strikes, and a society less scarred by sectarianism have up to now stymied their attempts to repeat [...]
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The TAPI Pipe Dream

In a triumph of optimism over reality, the world’s most expensive on again/off again natural gas pipeline is apparently on again. On September 15, a Turkmen government official said on condition of anonymity, "Turkmengas… plans to start building the TAPI pipeline in early December. The Turkmen stretch of the pipeline will be built by a [...]
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