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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

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
<em>WSJ</em> Scoop Shines Light on Fate of Karimova’s Daughter
January 18, 2017
WSJ Scoop Shines Light on Fate of Karimova’s Daughter
A recent article included a morsel of information about Gulnara’s teenage daughter.
WSJ Scoop Shines Light on Fate of Karimova’s Daughter
2 Years On, Eurasian Economic Union Falls Flat
January 11, 2017
2 Years On, Eurasian Economic Union Falls Flat
It seems that “everyone’s dissatisfied” with the EEU.
2 Years On, Eurasian Economic Union Falls Flat
Will Trump Recognize Russian Annexation of Crimea?
January 09, 2017
Will Trump Recognize Russian Annexation of Crimea?
It would be a break from Washington's stated policy of non-recognition.
Will Trump Recognize Russian Annexation of Crimea?
Between Russia and China, the Black Dragon River
December 29, 2016
Between Russia and China, the Black Dragon River
The Amur River separates China from Russia's Far East, and not so long ago was the site of bloody conflict.
Between Russia and China, the Black Dragon River
What's Behind the Influx of Glittering Kazakhstan Op-Eds?
December 16, 2016
What's Behind the Influx of Glittering Kazakhstan Op-Eds?
Perhaps the country's 25th independence anniversary and new leadership coming to Washington.
What's Behind the Influx of Glittering Kazakhstan Op-Eds?
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
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