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Casey Michel

Casey Michel has worked as a journalist in both Eurasia and the United States, and recently received a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, where he focused on political, security, and social developments in Eurasia. His writing on the region has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The New Republic Al Jazeera, Slate, The Moscow Times, and RFE/RL, among others. He has also worked with International Crisis Group’s Central Asia office, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Kazakhstan.

You can follow Casey on Twitter: @cjcmichel

Has US Russia Policy Changed?
May 21, 2017
Has US Russia Policy Changed?
A recent appropriations bill, signed by Trump, furthers Obama-era policies regarding Russian expansionism.
Has US Russia Policy Changed?
Where Did the Eurasian Economic Union Go Awry?
May 08, 2017
Where Did the Eurasian Economic Union Go Awry?
There “is little to inspire confidence that the Eurasian project is capable of delivering on its grand promises.”
Where Did the Eurasian Economic Union Go Awry?
Central Asian Echoes in <em>Non-Democratic Politics</em>
May 02, 2017
Central Asian Echoes in Non-Democratic Politics
Xavier Marquez’s analysis of authoritarianism doesn’t focus on Central Asia, but implications for the region are clear.
Central Asian Echoes in Non-Democratic Politics
A Bleak Outlook: Press Freedom in Central Asia
May 01, 2017
A Bleak Outlook: Press Freedom in Central Asia
Central Asia is but a barometer for the current state of global press freedoms.
A Bleak Outlook: Press Freedom in Central Asia
What's Become of the Russia-Friendly Californian Secessionists?
April 19, 2017
What's Become of the Russia-Friendly Californian Secessionists?
The self-proclaimed founder of the #Calexit movement moved to Siberia.
What's Become of the Russia-Friendly Californian Secessionists?
Why Uzbekistan’s Shifts on Water Politics Matter
April 18, 2017
Why Uzbekistan’s Shifts on Water Politics Matter
Recent statements from Uzbek officials drop previous vitriol in favor of diplomatic neighborliness.
Why Uzbekistan’s Shifts on Water Politics Matter
Survey Projects Show Progress on TAPI Pipeline
April 12, 2017
Survey Projects Show Progress on TAPI Pipeline
But as the projected operational date gets pushed back, the surveys may be progress for progress' sake.
Survey Projects Show Progress on TAPI Pipeline
Kazakhstan Thanks British Nazarbayev Biographer
April 11, 2017
Kazakhstan Thanks British Nazarbayev Biographer
Jonathan Aitken's 2009 book never gained much traction in either analytical or academic communities, but Astana likes it.
Kazakhstan Thanks British Nazarbayev Biographer
How Trump Is Connected to a Kazakh Corruption Scandal
April 07, 2017
How Trump Is Connected to a Kazakh Corruption Scandal
The city of Almaty says former mayor Viktor Khrapunov stole millions and invested via shell companies in U.S. real estate.
How Trump Is Connected to a Kazakh Corruption Scandal
Why Did Peace Corps Leave Kazakhstan?
April 05, 2017
Why Did Peace Corps Leave Kazakhstan?
In 2011, Peace Corps left Kazakhstan. Newly surfaced documents shed light on the real reasons why.
Why Did Peace Corps Leave Kazakhstan?
Kyrgyz President Wants to Talk to Trump About RFE/RL
March 28, 2017
Kyrgyz President Wants to Talk to Trump About RFE/RL
No visit is planned as of yet, but Atambayev knows what he’d like to discuss.
Kyrgyz President Wants to Talk to Trump About RFE/RL
Good News for Central Asia in UN Human Development Index
March 28, 2017
Good News for Central Asia in UN Human Development Index
Despite many challenges, it seems some measure of progress is being made across Central Asia.
Good News for Central Asia in UN Human Development Index
The Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Network: Line D(ead)
March 21, 2017
The Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Network: Line D(ead)
The line's collapse represents yet another unsuccessful attempt at regional integration.
The Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Network: Line D(ead)
Crimea: When Is an Annexation Not Actually an Annexation?
March 18, 2017
Crimea: When Is an Annexation Not Actually an Annexation?
Three years ago, Russia formally annexed Crimea, citing a flawed referendum.
Crimea: When Is an Annexation Not Actually an Annexation?
Uzbekistan on DHS List of Terrorism Sources
March 01, 2017
Uzbekistan on DHS List of Terrorism Sources
All told, none of the terrorism cases relating to Uzbekistani nationals on American soil have seen any casualties.
Uzbekistan on DHS List of Terrorism Sources
Putin the Popular: Among Republicans Putin’s Star is Rising
February 24, 2017
Putin the Popular: Among Republicans Putin’s Star is Rising
Putin and Russia still have overall negative favorability rankings, but Republican support for Putin has nearly tripled.
Putin the Popular: Among Republicans Putin’s Star is Rising
Central Asia Still in the Democratic Doldrums
February 24, 2017
Central Asia Still in the Democratic Doldrums
Democracy seems to be going into a global decline.
Central Asia Still in the Democratic Doldrums
A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
February 22, 2017
A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
The only numbers soaring in Turkmenistan are at the polls; meanwhile the economy deteriorates.
A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
Why Kazakhstan Goes to Court in the United States
February 07, 2017
Why Kazakhstan Goes to Court in the United States
Kazakhstan, over the past few years, has filed repeated lawsuits with American courts against opposition actors.
Why Kazakhstan Goes to Court in the United States
Did Gorbachev Ever Have a Shot At Saving the USSR?
February 03, 2017
Did Gorbachev Ever Have a Shot At Saving the USSR?
What factors were tying Gorbachev's hands in the final months of the Soviet Union?
Did Gorbachev Ever Have a Shot At Saving the USSR?
<em>Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management</em>: Corruption Down Under
February 02, 2017
Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management: Corruption Down Under
Australia may like to think it doesn’t have a problem, but that’s easy to say if you don’t look too hard.
Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management: Corruption Down Under
Selective Revanchist Recognition: Trump, Crimea and the South China Sea
January 26, 2017
Selective Revanchist Recognition: Trump, Crimea and the South China Sea
On the South China Sea, the Trump administration seems to be taking a hard line. Not so on the issue of Crimea.
Selective Revanchist Recognition: Trump, Crimea and the South China Sea
Kazakhstan Plans to Ban Anonymous Commenters
January 25, 2017
Kazakhstan Plans to Ban Anonymous Commenters
Astana’s record of policing speech undercuts the attractiveness of doing away with anonymous internet comments.
Kazakhstan Plans to Ban Anonymous Commenters
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