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Turkmenistan Reaches its Limits With Economic and Security Challenges
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Turkmenistan Reaches its Limits With Economic and Security Challenges

With Iran and Afghanistan as neighbors, Turkmenistan is often overlooked due to its proximity to geopolitical hotspots. Recent measures by its government to restrict emigration may seem peculiar without greater context on the challenges facing the country. Economic mismanagement and issues in securing the country’s border against the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS) and affiliated groups are just some of the signs that without a change in approach, there is a risk of a destabilization in the country. With endemic corruption, systemic flaws, and a totalitarian leader, the impact of larger failings in Turkmenistan could have potentially significant geopolitical repercussions.

2-08-2018, 12:56
Op-Ed: Central Asian religious matters
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Op-Ed: Central Asian religious matters

Religion plays a huge role for both people and the governments. Religion has determined and still determines the course of development for many countries to this day. There are mono-religious states, such as the Vatican, the Persian Gulf countries, and there are multi-religious states. We also know that at some point in history these states fought for the most prioritized way of development, which ended as a rule, with wars.

The Diplomat: How the War on Drugs Is Making Tajikistan More Authoritarian
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The Diplomat: How the War on Drugs Is Making Tajikistan More Authoritarian

According to a recent study by a leading U.S. government oversight body, 17 years of U.S. counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan have yielded “negligible” results. Despite the United States spending nearly $8.6 billion to curb the production and sale of poppies since 2001, poppy cultivation hit an all-time high in 2017, with the trend showing few signs of slowing.

10-07-2018, 18:57