OPINION: Afghanistan’s neighbours recast refugee finance formula

Gary Kleiman of Kleiman Intl Consultants Inc October 16, 2021

Neighbouring markets could be tapped as part of the global refugee fundraising effort, and bridge the tens of billions of dollars annual gap in UN appeals.

Efforts to deploy US counterterrorism forces in Uzbekistan may not be over

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Will Conroy in Prague October 16, 2021

Tashkent holds firmly to ‘No’ but Putin underlines difficulty of Afghanistan situation by saying intelligence indicates 2,000 Islamic State members may be present in north of country alone.

Turkmen petrochemical plants ‘channelling exports via obscure UK firms tied to president’s nephews’

bne IntelIiNews October 15, 2021

Investigative reporting outlet also finds clear signs of nephews’ wealth in UAE with 16 apartments acquired in Dubai.

Turkmenistan: YouCensorship

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet October 13, 2021

Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing: Berdimuhamedov goes travelling and lectures the WHO, while YouTube bows to Turkmen censors and takes down Eurasianet’s channel.

Reports warn Tajik militant group in Afghanistan may be poised to attack Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews October 8, 2021

Russian media say group may be beyond Taliban’s control. Moscow says Russia stands ready to protect its ally from any incursion.

How Taliban rule will either assure or doom the TAPI gas pipeline

Kanat Shaku in Almaty October 7, 2021

Afghanistan’s new rulers say the Turkmen-led mega-infrastructure investment is a “priority project”. Sceptics say that with the “nation building” impetus from the US gone, financing will be out of reach.

Kremlin responds to opposing troops building up on Tajikistan-Afghanistan border

bne IntelIiNews October 1, 2021

It meanwhile emerges that US is in talks on using Central Asian bases for over-the-horizon counter-terrorism operations in Taliban-controlled nation.

Taliban and Tajikistan engage in sabre-rattling

Eurasianet October 1, 2021

Dushanbe has irked the Taliban by offering a haven to its foes.

Turkmenistan: Bringing out the big guns

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet September 29, 2021

The 30th anniversary of independence was evidently not deemed an appropriate time for future planning. All the focus was instead on the past.

SCO leaders tell West to bite bullet and hand billions to Taliban

bne IntelIiNews September 18, 2021

With Afghanistan on brink of humanitarian and economic hell, it might be that only access to capital frozen abroad can stop the country becoming an incurable narco-state that is a hive of terrorism.

Intense fighting in Afghanistan's Panjshir between Taliban and NRF rebel forces

bne IntelIiNews September 7, 2021

Intense fighting continues in the northern Afghanistan province of Panjshir, where rebel forces are resisting the Taliban takeover.

Unpacking Eurasia’s role in the Afghanistan evacuation

Eurasianet September 3, 2021

Most of the countries Eurasianet covers were involved in the airlift. Some even contributed troops during the 20-year war.

Thousands of Afghan refugees ‘crossing largely unpoliced border into Iran every day’

bne IntelIiNews August 31, 2021

European officials aware that 2015 migrant crisis reshaped global politics quick to offer Afghanistan’s neighbours millions to at least temporarily host people who have fled the Taliban.

Only tough options for Afghans looking to escape north or west

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 29, 2021

The UNHCR has estimated half a million could attempt to flee Taliban rule by year-end, but Central Asia, Iran and Turkey will prove far from welcoming.

IS suicide bombers kill 60 and injure over hundred in Kabul airport attack

bne IntelIiNews August 27, 2021

Horrific scenes after suicide bombers detonate devices in crowds thronging entrance to airport.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Revisiting jihadism and why it’s ‘next stop, China’

Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 25, 2021

US exit from Afghanistan is brewing up a Salafi storm in which Turkey’s Syria militants could play a role.

Turkmenistan: Taliban of brothers

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet August 25, 2021

Turkmenistan is embracing the Taliban takeover next door and refusing to get involved in humanitarian operations. This and more in Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.

As Taliban regime takes shape, Central Asia and Iran assess fate of Afghanistan investments

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Kanat Shaku in Almaty, Will Conroy in Prague August 16, 2021

The future of plans for a gas pipeline, trade links to South Asian ports, power transmission lines and railways will remain up in the air until the direction of the new Afghan regime is clear.

President flees as Kabul falls to Taliban

Ben Aris in Berlin August 15, 2021

Kabul fell to Taliban forces on August 15 with almost no fighting, completing the Islamic fundamentalists' recapture of Afghanistan in just six weeks since the US pulled out.

Turkmenistan: High as a kite

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet August 5, 2021

The president’s latest stunt highlights how Turkmenistan is increasingly devoted to military aviation acquisitions from Italy. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.