The newly commenced TAPI pipeline could end 20 years of Turkmen isolation. The aim of becoming a Central Asian energy hub has long been frustrated, but the independence Turkmenistan has acquired by diversifying its export routes has given it an unprecedented political leverage. The implications for Central Asia are far reaching. By opening the borders to the south, Turkmenistan could finally help bridge the infrastructure gap in the region.
The legislation, currently being debated in parliament, makes it an offence “to advocate” (incite or encourage) terrorism and to travel to designated “no-go zones” overseas. It is understood that the laws will make it easier for authorities to investigate, arrest and prosecute those supporting foreign conflicts and limit their means of travel.
By Milana Nikolko When Ukrainian officials signed the Minsk agreement, on September 5 2014, the situation on the battle field clearly did not favour Ukraine’s efforts to reclaim Eastern Ukraine. […]