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Rogun Dam Project: Challenges and Prospects

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union there have been an ongoing competition between the energy generation and irrigation sectors of the upstream and downstream countries in Central Asia. Hence, the downriver countries, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, mainly consume water for agricultural purposes, while the upstream countries, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, use water as a source of hydro energy. In the past, […]

Is the Iran–Turkmenistan Gas Trade Coming to the End?

Iran, according to the BP Statistical Review 2015, is currently placed first with 34 trillion cubic meters of gas reserves, followed by Russia (32.6 trillion cubic meters) and Qatar (24.5 trillion cubic meters). Having possessed tremendous amount of gas, hypothetically, Iran can easily meet its both domestic needs and external […]

Energy Relations between China and the Caspian Littoral States

Over the past few years China has been ranked at the top of the world’s top energy consumers. China’s total energy consumption increased from 1,470 million tons of coal equivalent (Mtce) in 2000 to 4,260 Mtce in 2014. Coal that accounted for about 66% of total energy consumption by the […]

Comparative Analysis of Russian and Ukrainian Gas Transit Powers

With increasing demand for natural gas, pipeline infrastructure started playing even more important role for transit countries in the Eurasian gas supply chain. High degrees of interdependence that pipelines entail succeeded to prevent long-term gas supply disruptions in the region. It, however, could not discourage energy actors from causing short-term […]

Current Energy Relations between Turkmenistan and Russia: Trends and Prospects

Turkmenistan is one of the most important energy-rich countries not only in Central Asia but also in the whole world regarding its oil and natural gas reserves. According to the BP World Energy Statistics Report 2014, while the amount of proven natural gas reserves in the world is 187 trillion cubic meters, Turkmenistan is the fourth country in the […]

Turkic-Arabic Cultural and Linguistic Contacts in the Mamluk Period (ХІІІ-ХV Centuries)

History has preserved a significant amount of ancient Turkic, Uighur, Oguz, Kipchak-Bulgarian written monuments, which were created in the vast territory: in the Middle East, in Central Asia, the Volga region, in the Crimea, in the Caucasus, etc. They are written in different scripts (runic, Uigur, Arabic and Latin) and […]


For a number of years Kazakhstan has seriously been considering a construction of a nuclear power plan (NPP) on its territory. It was not an unexpected development for a country that hosted the BN-350 fast reactor in Aktau (formerly Shevchenko) in western Kazakhstan during the Soviet times. The reactor that […]

The Current Situation of the Foreign Direct Investments in the Economy of Uzbekistan

The foreign direct investments (FDI) have become a key source of growth in many transitional economies. Therefore, attracting the FDI into the national economy has become one of the objectives of the investment policy of Uzbekistan. Legal framework and regulation of attracting foreign investments in the Republic of Uzbekistan is […]

Shifting to Inflation Targeting Strategy in Kazakhstan’s Economy

Theoretically, inflation targeting (IT) is a monetary policy strategy which is characterized by public announcement of official quantitative targets for the inflation rate over one or more time horizons and by explicit acknowledgement that low and stable inflation is the primary long-run goal of monetary policy. All IT strategies implemented […]

The Geo-economic Importance of the Khorgos Gateway: Current Developments

China is one of the major trade partners of Kazakhstan, actually, it’s the second trade partner after Russia. In order to strengthen the economic relations and to increase the effectiveness of cargo transportation from China to Europe through Kazakhstan, both sides initiated the Khorgos project. The Khorgos International Centre of […]