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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Asian Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various Asian countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Series: 20 programs (20 to 54 minutes). Click for more

An Introduction to Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan, An Introduction to

Turkmenistan is located in Central Asia and is bordered by Afghanistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the Caspian Sea. Although over 80% of the country is covered by the Karakum Desert, it contains the world's third largest reserves of natural gas, giving it the potential to become another Kuwait; however, its massive oil and gas reserves are as yet untapped. It can't sell its oil to the rest of the world because international sanctions prevent the building of a pipeline through Iran into Turkey; thus its main exports are camels and pedigree racehorses. This classic documentary shows us conditions in this former Soviet Republic have changed little. We learn of the late President Saparmurat Niyazov Turkmenbashi, a former communist, who rejected multi-party democracy as too unstable; however, he was criticized as one of the world's most totalitarian and repressive dictators; he was succeeded by Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow, who allegedly is the illegitimate son of the former president. Produced by ABC Australia. 04/10DE JSCA 15 min.
Associated Article: "'Letter from Turkmenistan: The Golden Man' - About life under the dictatorship of Turkmenbashi. -The New Yorker Magazine

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