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With draft convention, resolution of Caspian Sea status appears closer than ever

David O'Byrne

The agreement would end a dispute that has festered since the Soviet Union's collapse.

A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, allowing for the laying of pipelines on the seabed and banning foreign military forces, has reportedly been agreed by the five bordering states. Officials also have said that a summit between the five heads of state will take place in early August to sign the agreement.

If it comes off, it would end a dispute that has festered since the collapse of the Soviet Union on how to divide up the sea and its substantial oil and gas reserves. It could also pave the way for the transport of natural gas from Turkmenistan to Europe, >>

Making dynastic rule fashionable again:
The case of Turkmenistan

Annette Bohr

The 36-year-old son of Turkmenistans president is rapidly accumulating power.

At 60, President Berdymukhamedov is still relatively young and much could happen before Turkmenistans next leadership succession, especially given the penchant of Central Asian presidents to stay in power until mortality dictates it is time to go.

Dynastic rule is coming back into fashion in Central Asia. And the more consolidated the authoritarian regime, the more openly the grooming of a successor can take place. This maxim appears to be bearing itself out in both Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

Preparing for a family member to take over the presidential throne can be fraught with risks, however. In the case of Kazakhstan, President Nursultan Nazarbayevs former son-in-law, Rakhat Aliyev, was convicted of plotting to overthrow Nazarbayevs government and died in prison in Vienna, while the daughter of the deceased >>

Turkmenistan's Leader  Protector Or Loner?

Bruce Pannier

Since May 2017, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has had several opportunities to attend major international events but did not go. In fact, Berdymukhammedov has not seemed to stray far from home lately.

It seems that Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, known in Turkmenistan as Arkadag (The Protector), does not much like to socialize. Maybe he should be called Garasoymez (The Loner).

Since May 2017, he has had several opportunities to attend major international events but did not go. In fact, Berdymukhammedov has not seemed to stray far from home lately.

On June 14, Berdymukhammedov chose not to attend (or maybe was not invited) to the opening of the World Cup in Moscow, although the other four Central Asian presidents were all there.

Berdymukhammedov >>

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