Masked Turkish intelligence agents accused of abducting businessman in Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews September 18, 2023

Koray Vural snatched while on his way to work. Incident follows grabbing of Orhan Inandi in Kyrgyzstan two years ago. Like Inandi, Vural is linked to Gulen movement that denies Ankara’s claims it plotted coup attempt.

Tajikistan: Terrorism, slander, corruption claims swirl in latest sign of elite infighting

Eurasianet September 11, 2023

An old friend of the security services and police chiefs has been dragged into a tussle with the newly powerful general prosecutor.

Samarkand declaration champions global food security amidst growing concerns

Daniel Rad September 7, 2023

The International Conference on Food Security on 7-8 September is hosting agriculture ministers from 15 nations, deputy ministers from eight countries and senior diplomats from 13 nations.

Francis Fukuyama says a weakened Russia will present opportunities for Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews September 5, 2023

While in Almaty for a book launch, US political scientist suggests that if Moscow comes out of Ukraine war diminished, the ‘Stans’ will have room to set their own policies without worrying about the Russian response.

COMMENT: The water and energy nexus in Central Asia

Nikolai Podguzov Chairman of Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) September 1, 2023

Climate change is real, and it calls for action at the global, regional, and national levels. One of its impacts is additional water stress in addition to what many countries experience already. Effective counteraction requires joint action.

Perspectives: Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan building up for another potential round of fighting

Svenja Petersen for Eurasianet August 29, 2023

An unusual constellation of outside players taking shape.

Exports from the West to Central Asia boom as sanctions on Russia remake global trade routes

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2023

Extreme sanctions on Russia have dramatically remade global trade flows Russia turns to its friends to act as transit countries for banned goods. And most have cooperated, both because of pressure placed on them by Moscow and the money they can make.

MACRO ADVISORY: Ruble’s fall creates currency risk in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Chris Weafer CEO of Macro-Advisory August 15, 2023

The Russian ruble has fallen by 28.5% in value vs. the US dollar since the start of this year but it has yet to have a big impact on the currencies of the other members of the CIS. But it could do so soon.

Tajik national allegedly behind second attack in a year on Iranian shrine

bne IntelIiNews August 14, 2023

Officials say Islamic State responsible for attack that left one dead, but could have resulted in many more fatalities.

Tajikistan: President’s grandson is Instagram king. But is that all?

Eurasianet August 13, 2023

Mahmadzohir will theoretically be eligible to run for president in 2027.

PANNIER: Taliban’s ‘thirsty’ Qosh Tepa Canal looming large for Central Asia neighbours

Bruce Pannier August 9, 2023

Presidents of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan gathered for unprecedented summit, with officials wary of Afghan militants’ unbending stance on water issues at the border.

Report: Women from Tajikistan duped into building Russian drones

Eurasianet August 1, 2023

Tajiks are favoured for their ability to help translate communication with Iranian engineers.

Central Asia: Trade with China registers strong growth during first half of 2023

Justin Burke at Eurasianet July 26, 2023

Uzbek figures differ significantly from Beijing’s data.

PANNIER: Central Asia’s dream of taking the train to the Arabian Sea a step closer to reality

bne IntelIiNews July 26, 2023

Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan agree to railway’s route, but securing funding pledges for the multi-billion-dollar project remains a big problem.

Iran warns Islamic State leaders and fighters have moved to Afghanistan

bne IntelIiNews July 21, 2023

Tehran, meanwhile, remains concerned for plight of Persian-speaking minority peoples of neighbouring country under Taliban.

PANNIER: There is no graceful exit from office for Central Asian presidents – except for the grave

Bruce Pannier July 11, 2023

Until a Central Asian president does manage to leave office and peacefully retire, the cycle of lifelong leaders is likely to continue.

Emerging Europe's longest-lasting leaders

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 7, 2023

Some leaders of Emerging Europe and Central Asia led their countries for decades. bne IntelliNews ranks them by their time in power.

Eurasian leaders seek to boost regional trade at SCO summit

bne IntelliNews July 4, 2023

Bloc that includes regional heavyweights China, India and Russia adopts economic development strategy as it admits Iran and prepares to take in Belarus.

Four reportedly arrested over kidnapping of Tajikistan’s Oriyonbank executive

bne IntelliNews July 3, 2023

Four detained in Tajikistan over abduction of Shuhrat Ismatulloev after fellow suspect shot two dead at Chisinau airport.