Steve Peacock's U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor,2003:weblog-94161205314098957 2011-08-04T14:23:03-04:00 Original reporting on little-known U.S. government funded foreign aid projects, so-called "drug war" initiatives, and overseas business subsidies. TypePad U.S. Considers Financing Gas Extraction Projects in Central Asia,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2015434419f79970c 2011-08-04T14:23:03-04:00 2011-08-04T14:23:03-04:00 USTDA is weighing whether to partially subsidize a coal-bed methane extraction project in the Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Steve Peacock USAID Dumping $50 Million into Central Asia Trade & Reform Project,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e89c22f07970d 2011-07-11T15:30:39-04:00 2011-07-11T15:30:39-04:00 $50 million in contracts recently were awarded to four vendors under an initiative that seeks to promote economic growth in Central Asia, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) revealed today. Steve Peacock U.S.-Funded Projects Increase as Kazakhstan Power-Brokers Curry Favor From Washington,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201538f06fed4970b 2011-06-07T20:08:17-04:00 2011-06-07T20:08:17-04:00 A trio of initiatives aimed at modernizing the infrastructure of oil-rich Kazakhstan—while simultaneously benefiting U.S. consulting firms—was unveiled, albeit without without fanfare, by the federal government. The U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) late last week began its search for Kazakh project vendors at a time when the U.S. increasingly is becoming embroiled in a tempestuous controversy between the Kazakh President and his exiled son-in-law. Steve Peacock