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Dossier November 2014

The Great Game

The history of Turkmenistan is strongly marked by its geographical position. The country is in fact located at the crossroads of that network of routes commonly known as the ‘Silk Road’ that linked Beijing to the Mediterranean Basin. The Silk Road has been, over the centuries, the most important transit and transportation corridor of ideas…

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Turkmenistan. From the Silk Road to the gas pipeline

Turkmenistan is a landlocked country along the Silk Road, in one of the most inaccessible and remote territories of Central Asia. Its desert, steppe and multicolour mountains resembling a lunar landscape make the country look one of the most melancholy places of the region. According to a tradition dating to the 11th century, the term…

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The transition process

Like the majority of the Central Asian republics, Turkmenistan experienced a troubled and difficult transition process after gaining independence. In the aftermath of the USSR’ s implosion, the communist-inspired oligarchies became democratic overnight. This led to the establishment of despotic and nepotist regimes commonly known as ‘sultanistic regimes’. As far as Turkmenistan is concerned, the…

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The changing of the guard

After the death of Niyazov in 2006,’free’ elections were held to elect his successor. Former Health Minister, Berdymukhamedov, strongly supported by the then head of the Presidential Security Akhmat Rejepov, was elected President of Turkmenistan on 11 February 2007 with 89.2% of the vote. Berdymukhamedov’s victory was certainly facilitated by the way of sorting the…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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