Tajikistan: Pamir pipedream or new Central Asian exporter?

Gabe Collins Bo White University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor Tajikistan is energy starved—a situation that results in up to 70% of the population suffering from severe power outages each winter, imposes an estimated annual economic hit of around 3% of GDP,1 and causes unsustainably high rates of indoor air pollution and deforestation due to overreliance on fuelwood. On top of all of this, over the past year, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan's primary gas source, has repeatedly disrupted its supply to Tajikistan as a result of increased demand from China. Yet, this small impoverished country's energy woes could become history. A recent deal that saw China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) and T...

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