» 08/22/2006, 00.00
Turkmenistan: gas pipeline to China is ready
The pipeline will start operating at the start of 2009 and will ferry 30 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year. China is becoming increasingly interested in the ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia that rank among the least democratic countries in the world.
05/04/2007 UZBEKISTAN – KAZAKHSTAN
EU delegation in Central Asia talking human rights and oil
Three-day talks between the European Union and Uzbekistan end. They follow similar talks with Central Asian nations held a few days earlier.
30/04/2005 UZBEKISTAN TAJIKISTAN TURKMENISTAN
Cotton in Central Asia: a story of poverty, environmental degradation and labour exploitation
17/09/2008 CENTRAL ASIA – EU – RUSSIA
West and Russia vying for allies and energy in Caucasus and Central Asia
NATO continues its approach to Georgia. Moscow talks about a “Cold war” climate as it strengthens its ties with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan try to find a difficult balance between the two rival camps. China takes advantage of the situation to gain important energy deals.
09/02/2009 RUSSIA - CENTRAL ASIA
Moscow having trouble maintaining role of "hegemony" in Central Asia
In strengthening ties with Uzbekistan - and access to its gas - Russia risks disappointing the demands of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The three states are discussing the use of water resources, and waiting to see what position Moscow will take.
Gazprom’s leading role as an energy giant in crisis
For years, Russia’s state-owned energy company held a quasi-monopoly position. During this time it failed to invest in technology and innovation, restricting itself to signing high price contracts to maintain its stranglehold over the market. Now it is backing away from contracts it signed with Central Asian nations whilst its pipeline network is aging and becoming increasingly dangerous.
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