Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tajikistan’s Gas Boom: Prosperity or Conflict? | The Diplomat

Tajikistan’s Gas Boom: Prosperity or Conflict? | The Diplomat
Natural gas resources could be a boon to Tajikistan, but the downside risk is significant.
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China’s vigorous quest to secure consistent gas supplies may help underwrite a natural gas-fuelled boom in Tajikistan, which so far has been Central Asia’s poorest and most energy-starved republic. A gas boom in Tajikistan will require astute financial and political management to minimize disruptions that sudden, large foreign investments and revenue inflows could cause. Dushanbe will also face foreign policy challenges from increased competition between Russia, which considers Tajikistan part of its Near Abroad, and China, which will likely become Tajikistan’s most important economic partner. READ MORE

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