Turkmenistan: President Berdymukhamedow’s new-found realpolitik born out of political expediency

For someone of such a narcissistic persuasion it is indeed unusual to witness what appears to be an exercise in pragmatic genuflection towards Russia by Turkmenistan president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedow. Operating perhaps the most closed, repressive regime outside of North Korea, Berdymukhamedow is not in the habit of dishing out public expressions of admiration or sympathy…

ARCHIVE ARTICLE: Should a Mugabe-less Zimbabwe be careful for what it wishes?

*This is an archive article penned approximately a year ago, originally published on a platform that has recently announced its decision to close. Since its initial publication the content has not been edited, and may as a consequence be out of date. There is though a timeless quality to the theme and much of the…