Tajikistan, which will host a United Nations summit on international water in August, is negotiating with neighbors to end a feud in the Amu Darya River basin where it plans to build the tallest hydroelectric dam.
“I like this atmosphere,” said Muzafar, a 20-something volunteer at the American Corner, an outreach program of the U.S. Embassy, as we walked along a boulevard in the Tajikistan capital city of Dushanbe. “I just remember the civil war, growing up, and now these days!”
Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Tajikistan to sign accords on defense cooperation, migration and energy with the former Soviet state that borders Afghanistan and China, according to Putin’s foreign policy aide.
Tethys Petroleum Ltd. expects Tajikistan to approve its venture with Total SA and China National Petroleum Corp. this quarter, speeding up exploration in an area that may hold more oil and gas than the North Sea.
Fawzia Koofi remembers the first time she spoke back to a man. She was in the fourth grade, and had just scolded her cousin for calling her “nobody” -- a common insult for young girls growing up in Afghanistan.