Archive for the ‘Pakistan’ Category

China To Join Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline?

Via Silk Road Briefing, an interesting look at the possibility of China joining the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline: China has expressed interest in joining the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, by building a link from Pakistan to China. This could act as alternative to Chinese plans to build a fourth China-to-Turkmenistan pipeline. The China-to-Turkmenistan line has to cross […]

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Aspirations of Pakistan’s Middle Class

Via the Arab News, interesting commentary on Pakistan’s middle class: Pakistan’s recent elections, which crowned the rise of Imran Khan from cricket star to likely prime minister, spawned numerous hand-wringing articles of the “whither Pakistan?” variety. Most of the articles in the global media focused on a similar theme: The multiple and multiplying economic, social […]

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Iran’s Connectivity Strategy

Via Ozy, a report on Iran’s efforts to woo friends and foes with the eastern port city of Chabahar: My interpreter is matter-of-fact as I board the Iran Air flight from Tehran to the eastern port city of Chabahar. “We know when the flight takes off, but we have no clue how it will come […]

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TAPI’ng Out: Iran Ready To Swap Turkmenistan Gas For Delivery To Pakistan

Via The Times of Central Asia, a report on Iran’s skepticism about TAPI: Iran’s deputy petroleum minister expressed doubts about the probability of completion of Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) gas pipeline and said his country is ready to swap Turkmenistan’s gas destined for Pakistan, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported on April 29. Hamidreza Araqi said that Iran is the […]

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How the “Next 11” Countries Could Power the World Economy

Courtesy of Barron’s, an interesting look at the Next 11: On a recent holiday in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, I couldn’t resist thinking about these countries’ economic potential and ongoing policy challenges. After all, in 2005 my Goldman Sachs colleagues and I had listed Vietnam as one of the Next Eleven, or N-11, all countries […]

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Uzbekistan Agrees to ‘Take Part’ in TAPI

Via The Diplomat, a report that Uzbekistan is Uzbekistan has reportedly agreed to participate in the massive Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline. The news comes as Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov paid a visit to Tashkent on Monday. As the visit began, RFE/RL reported that sources had indicated TAPI was on the agenda, followed by Reutersreporting that Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev […]

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