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Top experts and journalists from around the world discuss the politics, economy, and culture of Central Asia. Hosted by Nate Schenkkan.
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May 15, 2015

For this episode, I talked with Muhammad Tahir, the director of RFE/RL's Turkmen service, to get a briefing on the latest issues in Turkmenistan. 

What is the economic situation after the sudden devaluation in January of the national currency, the manat? What is happening on the border with Afghanistan? Are the new statements from Europe about receiving Turkmen gas by 2019 realistic?

 

Resources:

Follow Muhammad Tahir on Twitter: @tahirmuh

Chris Rickleton, "Turkmenistan: Rumors Reign as Economic Crisis Grows," Eurasianet, February 1, 2015

"Afghan Turkmen Trapped near Border with Turkmenistan," RFE/RL April 22, 2015

"Russia's Woes to Hit C. Asia, North Caucasus Economies in 2015 - EBRD," Reuters May 14, 2015 

"European Union Sees Supplies of Natural Gas by 2019 from Turkmenistan," Reuters, May 2, 2015

 

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May 7, 2015

For this episode, I talked with Alex Nice of the Economist Intelligence Unit about the regional economic crisis in Central Asia caused by the Western sanctions on Russia and the decline in global oil prices. 

How are Central Asian governments and central banks responding to the crisis, and how effective are their policies? How could the crisis affect long-term economic integration trends? How bad will the crisis get?

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Resources:

Follow Alex Nice on Twitter @AlexNicest

Nate Schenkkan, Impact of the Economic Crisis in Russia on Central AsiaRussian Analytical Digest No. 165

--, Eurasian Disunion: Why the Union Might Not Survive 2015,” Foreign Affairs, December 26, 2014

 

 

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