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TAPI and CASA-1000 Remain in Project Purgatory

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As the thaw in Uzbekistan continues apace, outlines of a new rush of regional comity have risen to the fore in Central Asia. But where photos of regional heads chumming on a couch and scaled-back rhetoric out of Tashkent about hydropower projects presents a welcome step forward, Central Asia’s region-wide infrastructure programs, despite plenty of official optimism, continue to muddle in a sort of project purgatory.

For instance, last week Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif landed in Dushanbe to laud the prospects of the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade (CASA-1000) project, which would transit excess Kyrgyz and Tajik electricity to........

© The Diplomat