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Casey Michel

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.

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Election Whitewashing, Uzbekistan Edition
December 07, 2016
Election Whitewashing, Uzbekistan Edition
A smattering of Western actors found their way to Uzbekistan to offer paeans to Tashkent’s political system.
Election Whitewashing, Uzbekistan Edition
Trump and Nazarbayev’s ‘Miracle’ Chat
December 05, 2016
Trump and Nazarbayev’s ‘Miracle’ Chat
The next US president seems to have a predilection for praising autocrats.
Trump and Nazarbayev’s ‘Miracle’ Chat
California Secession: From Russia With Love?
November 23, 2016
California Secession: From Russia With Love?
One of the primary backers for #Calexit makes no secret about his connection with Russia.
California Secession: From Russia With Love?
What to Expect From US Central Asia Policy Under President Trump
November 14, 2016
What to Expect From US Central Asia Policy Under President Trump
More of the same policy of neglect, save for added mutual admiration of authoritarian tactics and kleptocratic expansion.
What to Expect From US Central Asia Policy Under President Trump
Nazarbayev and the Rise of the Kleptocrats
October 24, 2016
Nazarbayev and the Rise of the Kleptocrats
A new report details, in part, how Kazakhstan’s president has helped define the new authoritarian normal.
Nazarbayev and the Rise of the Kleptocrats
Trump's Ties to Transnational Corruption
October 20, 2016
Trump's Ties to Transnational Corruption
A bit more light on the manner in which post-Soviet elites access American property markets, and presidential nominees.
Trump's Ties to Transnational Corruption
Beyond Trump and Putin: The American Alt-Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies
October 13, 2016
Beyond Trump and Putin: The American Alt-Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies
The Kremlin has various links with leading far-right figures undergirding Trump’s candidacy.
Beyond Trump and Putin: The American Alt-Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies
Good Riddance? Tony Blair Parts Ways With Kazakstan
October 07, 2016
Good Riddance? Tony Blair Parts Ways With Kazakstan
Blair’s 5-year tenure with Kazakhstan led the former PM to become Astana’s most outspoken defender in the West.
Good Riddance? Tony Blair Parts Ways With Kazakstan
Tule Lake: Memories of Japanese Internment
September 16, 2016
Tule Lake: Memories of Japanese Internment
As discussion of internment rises in America, the most fortified city in the Americas during WWII risks being forgotten.
Tule Lake: Memories of Japanese Internment
<em>Black Wind, White Snow</em>: Imagining Eurasia
September 15, 2016
Black Wind, White Snow: Imagining Eurasia
“Eurasia was a ‘dog whistle,’ a cipher, a deniable but clear goal: to remake the Russian Empire in all but name.”
Black Wind, White Snow: Imagining Eurasia
Constitutional Changes Pave Way for Turkmen President-for-Life
September 15, 2016
Constitutional Changes Pave Way for Turkmen President-for-Life
Not that it was really in much doubt.
Constitutional Changes Pave Way for Turkmen President-for-Life
Uzbekistan and the Eurasian Economic Union
September 08, 2016
Uzbekistan and the Eurasian Economic Union
More possible post-Karimov, but still an unlikely direction for Tashkent.
Uzbekistan and the Eurasian Economic Union
Kazakhstan Details Foiled Terrorist Plots
September 07, 2016
Kazakhstan Details Foiled Terrorist Plots
The Kazakh security service says it disrupted eight separate Islamist groups in 2016 alone.
Kazakhstan Details Foiled Terrorist Plots
Uzbekistan's Karimov Leaves Behind a Legacy of Repression, Slavery, and Kleptocracy
September 03, 2016
Uzbekistan's Karimov Leaves Behind a Legacy of Repression, Slavery, and Kleptocracy
Uzbekistan's founding president has plenty of atrocities to his name.
Uzbekistan's Karimov Leaves Behind a Legacy of Repression, Slavery, and Kleptocracy
What Happens to Uzbek Opposition to CASA-1000 if Karimov Is Dead?
September 02, 2016
What Happens to Uzbek Opposition to CASA-1000 if Karimov Is Dead?
Given the potential successors, continuity looks like the most likely option.
What Happens to Uzbek Opposition to CASA-1000 if Karimov Is Dead?
Can Russia and Turkmenistan Save CASA-1000?
August 23, 2016
Can Russia and Turkmenistan Save CASA-1000?
The added contributors may help assuage supply fears, if the reported deals work out.
Can Russia and Turkmenistan Save CASA-1000?
US Donates $12 Million Worth of Equipment to Tajikistan Border Guards
August 20, 2016
US Donates $12 Million Worth of Equipment to Tajikistan Border Guards
Including $3 million dollars worth of Jeep Wranglers.
US Donates $12 Million Worth of Equipment to Tajikistan Border Guards
Per Capita, Turkmenistan Jails Far More Journalists Than China
August 19, 2016
Per Capita, Turkmenistan Jails Far More Journalists Than China
In an already underreported region, journalists face jail simply for doing their jobs.
Per Capita, Turkmenistan Jails Far More Journalists Than China
Researchers Say Kazakhstan Hacks Back
August 04, 2016
Researchers Say Kazakhstan Hacks Back
Astana may be redoubling its efforts against opposition media in both the physical and the digital realm.
Researchers Say Kazakhstan Hacks Back
The Unsurprising Doldrums of US-Central Asia Trade
August 03, 2016
The Unsurprising Doldrums of US-Central Asia Trade
Washington's trade with Central Asia experienced a drastic drop in 2015 and recovery prospects look dim.
The Unsurprising Doldrums of US-Central Asia Trade
US Postpones Seizing Gulnara Karimova's Assets
August 02, 2016
US Postpones Seizing Gulnara Karimova's Assets
The stay--which lasts until October 31--aims to give Washington and Tashkent more time to negotiate.
US Postpones Seizing Gulnara Karimova's Assets
US and EU Separatist Groups to Gather on Moscow’s Dime
July 26, 2016
US and EU Separatist Groups to Gather on Moscow’s Dime
The upcoming conference will feature guests from Catalonia and Texas, but no Chechens or Uyghurs.
US and EU Separatist Groups to Gather on Moscow’s Dime
Central Asia Merits Mention in GOP Platform
July 21, 2016
Central Asia Merits Mention in GOP Platform
The paragraph was surprising for its even-keeled approach to the region, though it's doubtful Donald Trump will follow it.
Central Asia Merits Mention in GOP Platform
Tajikistan’s Rogun Dam Rankles Uzbekistan
July 21, 2016
Tajikistan’s Rogun Dam Rankles Uzbekistan
Dushanbe signs on an Italian company for construction, Tashkent says the project is a leftover of “Soviet megalomania.”
Tajikistan’s Rogun Dam Rankles Uzbekistan
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