Turkmenistan: Surviving the Despot
The sudden death of longtime Turkmen dictator Saparmurat Niyazov last month has fueled talk of an impending crisis, possibly even civil war, in this energy-rich Central Asian republic. Such predictions are understandable in light of the erratic brutality of Niyazov's regime. But they overlook several factors that suggest Turkmenistan may be opening up instead.
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