By Tavus Rejepova (the 05/02/2014 issue of the CACI Analyst)
At a December 18 extended Cabinet meeting, President Berdimuhamedov released a major action plan for each government ministry in preparation for hosting the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) 2017 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Representatives of Turkish, Italian and British companies attended the Cabinet session and pitched new project ideas in preparation and organization of the games.
By Tavus Rejepova (the 08/01/2014 issue of the CACI Analyst)
On December 15, almost 2.8 million voters cast their ballots to elect new members into Turkmenistan’s first ever multi-party unicameral Parliament, Mejlis. According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), the total voter turnout was 91.3 percent out of all registered eligible voters. The CEC is expected to announce the results of the first multiparty elections in the country next week, while skeptics claim the elections bring no real change in the near future.
By Oleg Salimov (the 27/11/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
The challenges of economic development and regional integration in Central Asia have given rise to a number of projects in various spheres. Among these, the “Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan” railroad is directly aimed at stimulating the participating countries' economies through the creation of a better transportation system for easy access to new markets. The project's goal is to expand regional infrastructure, connect the landlocked countries with seaways, and eventually link Eurasian and Southeast Asian markets. The ability of the participants to successfully finalize construction of the railroad, provide security, and incite an interest from other countries will determine whether this project can mark the beginning of a new Silk Road.
The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a biweekly publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center affiliated with the American Foreign Policy Council, Washington DC., and the Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm. For 15 years, the Analyst has brought cutting edge analysis of the region geared toward a practitioner audience.