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The New Turkmenistan: A Strategic Energy Opportunity

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sapurmurat Niyazov, the Kim Jong-il of Central Asia, left quite a legacy: a crumbling infrastructure, egregious human rights abuses, rumors of mass starvation outside the capital, and a personality cult capped by a funny name. Turkmenbashi, the father of all Turkmen, left some pretty big shoes to fill when he died last December.

As a result, Gurbanguli Berdymuhkammedov, Turkmenistan's second dictator and the world's most powerful dentist, faces some serious choices. The first is how closely he'll stick to his election promise of keeping Niyazov's policies in place. ...

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