Daily Memo: The Space Race, Energy Supplies in Central Asia

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GPF Staff |February 9, 2019

Going to the moon. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the agency plans to send astronauts to the moon within the next decade. The goal this time would be to set up bases that would enable long-term exploration and that could help NASA prepare for missions to Mars. The statement comes a month after China landed a rover on the far side of the moon. It seems the space race is once again heating up, as major powers try to establish a permanent presence on the moon, possibly for military purposes.

Turkmenistan’s export potential. Work has started on a project to export electricity from Turkmenistan through the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan power network. Last month, Turkmenistan’s State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs approved a $500 million loan to upgrade the country’s electricity grid so it can be linked to the network. We’ve observed increasing competition between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan for regional leadership, so any developments in cross-

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