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Turkmenistan:Buffeted between Moscow and Beijing


Tensions between Turkmenistan and Russia over natural gas have given the Chinese an opportunity to enter the Central Asian energy fray. Though Europe also wants to tap into Turkmenistan's resources, doing so might require turning a blind eye to human rights and democratization. Meanwhile, new Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is gradually consolidating his international reach.

Tensions between Turkmenistan and Russia over natural gas have given the Chinese an opportunity to enter the Central Asian energy fray. Though Europe also wants to tap into Turkmenistan’s resources, doing so might require turning a blind eye to human rights and democratization. Meanwhile, new Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is gradually consolidating his international reach.

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