• Turkmenistan: Real Energy Giant or Eternal Potential?
    Martha Brill Olcott December 10, 2013 James a. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

    Turkmenistan has the gas reserves necessary to realize its plan to increase production. However, several geographic and political issues may make it difficult to export Turkmen gas.

  • Article
    China’s Unmatched Influence in Central Asia

    Beijing is emerging as the big winner in Central Asia, displacing Washington and Moscow while ensuring that engagement with countries in the region takes place on its terms.

  • Op-Ed
    Turkey Lowers Its Sights on Central Asian Reform
    Bayram Balci June 13, 2013 World Politics Review

    The Turkish government places real importance on Central Asia because Ankara wants to develop the common heritage of Turkey and Central Asia, in terms of language, ethnicity, and even religion.

  • Op-Ed
    Central Asia Today: An Afterthought
    Martha Brill Olcott June 4, 2013 Pro et Contra Русский

    Central Asia is in a period of transition. Many tenets of Soviet infrastructure and culture have expired and rather than renew these precedents, the countries are emphasizing individual development.

  • Op-Ed
    The "Stans" at 20
    Martha Brill Olcott December 28, 2011 Real Instituto Elcano

    Twenty years after the Soviet collapse, leaders of the five Central Asian republics have built functioning states but they have yet to fully implement democratic reforms, decentralize and share power, and develop strong intraregional relations.

  • Testimony
    U.S. Policy in Central Asia: Looking Ahead
    Martha Brill Olcott December 15, 2009 Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

    As the war in Afghanistan begins to enter a new phase, it is important to reexamine some of the premises of U.S. policy in the Central Asian region and to consider whether the conditions in the region have changed in the last decade.

  • Op-Ed
    Central Asia: Living in Afghanistan’s Shadow
    Martha Brill Olcott November 10, 2009 Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre Policy Brief

    While the U.S.-led NATO operations in Afghanistan have resulted in somewhat enhanced security capacity for Central Asian countries, their long-term security challenges seem to be increasing, given the current situation in Afghanistan and the growing instability of Pakistan.

  • Article
    Asia's Overlooked Middle
    Martha Brill Olcott June 17, 2009

    The economic crisis has had a clear impact on the already impoverished countries of Central Asia, but few Americans and Europeans have noticed. China and Russia have stepped in to provide aid, and their investments threaten institutional reform in the region.

  • Op-Ed
    Beyond Georgia: The Ripple Effects of Russia's Attack
    Martha Brill Olcott August 11, 2008 New Republic

    Russia’s aggressive behavior in Georgia will have implications throughout the Caspian Sea Region, forcing Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan to rethink their strategic priorities with the West. Russia has reasserted itself as the dominant player in the region and revealed how difficult it is for the U.S. to maintain a strategic position around the Caspian.

  • Testimony
    Democracy Promotion in Central Asia: From High Expectations to Disillusionment
    Martha Brill Olcott February 10, 2007

    None of the five Central Asian states have fulfilled the democratic aspirations that were held by their citizens some fifteen years ago, not to mention the aspirations held by people like us, outside observers, the analysts and activists that are gathered at this meeting.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Looking Back on 2014 (Part II)
    Thomas de Waal, Maxim Suchkov, Balázs Jarábik, Arkady Dubnov, Vinay Shukla, Petr Topychkanov, Alexander Gabuev, Nikolay Kozhanov December 31, 2014

    2014 was a year of crisis. Ebola, ISIS, and Donbas are now part of the global lexicon. Eurasia Outlook experts weigh in on how crises on Russia’s periphery affected the country, and what these developments mean for Moscow in 2015.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Turkey’s Strategy for Turkmenistan: What Is Behind Erdoğan’s Last Visit to Ashgabat?
    Pavel Shlykov November 18, 2014

    Turkey sees the acute energy market competition as an opportunity to establish itself both as an influential energy state and as a central Eurasian power. In this regard, choosing Turkmenistan as the site of one of the first state visits by the new Turkish president was not accidental.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    'The Stans' in Transition
    Nikolay Petrov December 17, 2009 Worldfocus Radio

    The five post-Soviet Central Asian republics—Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan—share common political, cultural, and historical roots, but they are far from homogeneous, and continuing domestic and regional tensions could lead to violent conflict.


Carnegie Experts on Turkmenistan

  • Evan A. Feigenbaum
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Asia Program

    Feigenbaum’s work focuses principally on China and India, geopolitics in Asia, and the role of the United States in East, Central, and South Asia. His previous positions include deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, deputy assistant secretary of state for Central Asia, and member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff with principal responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific.

  • Alexander Gabuev
    Senior Associate and Chair
    Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program
    Moscow Center

    Gabuev is a senior associate and the chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.

  • Alexey Malashenko
    Scholar in Residence
    Religion, Society, and Security Program
    Moscow Center

    Malashenko is the chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Religion, Society, and Security Program. He also taught at the Higher School of Economics from 2007 to 2008 and was a professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations from 2000 to 2006.

  • Carole Nakhle
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Nakhle is a nonresident scholar at Carnegie Middle East Center, specializing in international petroleum contracts and fiscal regimes for the oil and gas industry, world oil and gas market developments, energy policy, and oil and gas revenue management.

  • Paul Stronski
    Senior Associate, Russia and Eurasia Program

    Paul Stronski is a senior associate in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program, where his research focuses on the relationship between Russia and neighboring countries in Central Asia and the South Caucasus.


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