July 9, 2022

A New Phase in Cooperation between Tajikistan and Iran

On May 30, 2022, The President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon arrived in Tehran on an official visit. President Rahmon was accompanied by a large delegation that included advisers for foreign relations, prosecutor-general, ministers of foreign affairs, energy and water resources, economic development and trade, transport, and finance, heads of the […]
June 9, 2021

Implications of Pandemic for Labor Migrants of Tajikistan

The pandemic created significant challenges for the movement of people. When governments were forced to ban international travels in order to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19, migrants became among the most affected by the consequences of such restrictions. Tajikistan, with its high dependence on labor migration to Russia, unfortunately, turned […]
March 28, 2021

European Union and Tajikistan: Assistance for Prosperity

Tajikistan occupies a special role in the European Union’s (EU) policy in Central Asia. Being a low-income country that is prone to climate change and natural disasters, Tajikistan is the largest recipient of development aid from the EU countries in the region, which according to estimates accounts for over 40% […]
January 10, 2021

An Analysis of Economic Cooperation between Russia and Tajikistan

Economic cooperation with Russia remains important for Central Asia despite claims about its diminishing role in the region. Trade and in-vestment partnership with Russia significantly contribute to the region’s economic performance. A country-by-country analysis shows that Russia’s bilateral economic relations with Kazakhstan are historically strong. It plays an important role […]
March 16, 2020

Tajikistan: First Elections without Opposition and Emerging Power Transition

On March 1, 2020, the elections to Majlisi Namoyandagon, the lower house of Tajikistan’s parliament (Majlisi Oli), were held. These were the sixth elections after the country gained its independence in 1991. It is noteworthy that the parliamentary elections in Tajikistan are held every five years without any snap elections. […]
November 1, 2019

Key Directions of Tajikistan’s Current Foreign Policy

Central Asia is undergoing significant changes in terms of international relations. The leader-ship changes in the region that may lead to the transformation in regional dynamics coupled with the shift of interest of major powers to-wards the East, especially to Central Asia, are examples of this.  
July 30, 2019

Is it worth to Expect Former Friendship in Tajikistan-Iran Relations?

The visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Dushanbe to participate in the 5th summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held on June 14-15 was signaled as an important milestone in recovering Iran-Tajik relationship. Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s greeting “Welcome to your second […]
November 17, 2018

Rogun Hydropower Plant in Action: The First Unit is Commissioned

With Tajik President Rahmon’s words “Rogun will be the pride of every citizen of our country now and in the future, it will be the source of patriotism and dedication, as well as warm feelings and honor of the Tajik nation!”, the solemn ceremony of launching the first power generation […]
May 7, 2018

Tajikistan and NATO: Assistance-Based Partnership

Unlike other Central Asian states, Tajikistan was quite late in starting practical cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), mostly due to the civil war that raged in the country in the first half of 1990s. It became a member of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, which was later […]
February 8, 2017

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan: Signs of Political and Economic Rapprochement

During the Soviet Union, Dushanbe and Tashkent used to have the tightest economic cooperation within the Central Asian region. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the Central Asian republics immediately felt its effect in terms of the economic recession, infrastructural disintegration and political tensions. After the civil war in Tajikistan in […]