The most closed of the Central Asian republics, Turkmenistan is comparable to North Korea in terms of its attitude to foreigners and a free press. Its capital has the highest concentration of white marble buildings in the world — many of them monuments to its former leader, Saparmurat Niyazov, and its current one, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. The country has the world's sixth-highest natural gas reserves.
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Is Central Asia Really Stress-Free?

Here’s why pollsters can learn a thing or two about conducting surveys in Eurasia.
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Forget Brexit: Central Asia Moves Toward Its Own 'Schengen' Zone

A landlocked region with bitter differences is coming together to survive economically.
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Will a $5B Olympic Complex Bring a Dictatorship Its First Medal?

Despite its big-spending government, Turkmenistan hasn’t had much luck at reaching the podium.
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Central Asia's North Korea Hits the Gas to Find New Friends

A crisis with China last winter is prompting Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most closed regimes, to improve frayed ties and build new ones.

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How Turkmenistan Saved Its Golden Horse

Bred for desert roaming, Akhal-Teke horses have come back from the brink of extinction to find their place as a national symbol.