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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

Interview with Gerard Toal: Why Does Russia Invade Its Neighbors?
August 14, 2017
Interview with Gerard Toal: Why Does Russia Invade Its Neighbors?
"Putin is an experienced geopolitician now, though his 'victories' may not look so good in the long run."
Interview with Gerard Toal: Why Does Russia Invade Its Neighbors?
The Reality of Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan
July 14, 2017
The Reality of Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan
Far from a multiconfessional bastion, some Christian and other denominations are discriminated against in Kazakhstan.
The Reality of Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Disappoints on OPEC Promise
July 13, 2017
Kazakhstan Disappoints on OPEC Promise
Mixed reporting casts doubt on how seriously Astana takes its oil production cut promises.
Kazakhstan Disappoints on OPEC Promise
Are Cheetahs Back in Turkmenistan?
July 12, 2017
Are Cheetahs Back in Turkmenistan?
Soviet-era hunting and environmental damage ravaged Turkmenistan’s cheetah population, but the cats may be back.
Are Cheetahs Back in Turkmenistan?
Felix Sater and Trump's Strange Kazakh Connections
July 11, 2017
Felix Sater and Trump's Strange Kazakh Connections
Felix Sater, a felon and “fixer” for post-Soviet actors, is apparently cooperating with investigators.
Felix Sater and Trump's Strange Kazakh Connections
TAPI and CASA-1000 Remain in Project Purgatory
July 10, 2017
TAPI and CASA-1000 Remain in Project Purgatory
As usual, there’s plenty of official optimism.
TAPI and CASA-1000 Remain in Project Purgatory
Trump Diamond: An Unsuccessful Bid for the Astana Skyline
June 30, 2017
Trump Diamond: An Unsuccessful Bid for the Astana Skyline
A McClatchy investigation uncovered an unsuccessful attempt by Trump to make his mark on the steppe.
Trump Diamond: An Unsuccessful Bid for the Astana Skyline
Kazakhstan’s Labor Union Crackdown Draws International Criticism
June 16, 2017
Kazakhstan’s Labor Union Crackdown Draws International Criticism
The International Labor Organization notes “serious obstacles” to establishment of unions.
Kazakhstan’s Labor Union Crackdown Draws International Criticism
It's Official: India and Pakistan Join Shanghai Cooperation Organization
June 12, 2017
It's Official: India and Pakistan Join Shanghai Cooperation Organization
The SCO expanded for the first time since its 2001 founding.
It's Official: India and Pakistan Join Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Interview: Andrew Feinberg, Ex-Sputnik Reporter
June 07, 2017
Interview: Andrew Feinberg, Ex-Sputnik Reporter
“Telling the other side is valuable, it’s important -- but not when it’s based on lies.”
Interview: Andrew Feinberg, Ex-Sputnik Reporter
SCO Set to Expand, Adding India and Pakistan
June 06, 2017
SCO Set to Expand, Adding India and Pakistan
Does it matter that two new flags will rise in Beijing?
SCO Set to Expand, Adding India and Pakistan
Peacefulness on the Rise in Central Asia
June 05, 2017
Peacefulness on the Rise in Central Asia
In the latest Global Peace Index, Central Asia shows improvement.
Peacefulness on the Rise in Central Asia
No, Europe Won't Get Turkmen Gas by 2019
June 02, 2017
No, Europe Won't Get Turkmen Gas by 2019
Turkmenistan’s no closer to seeing its gas reach the European markets it once envisioned.
No, Europe Won't Get Turkmen Gas by 2019
No One Watches RT's Chinese-Language YouTube Channel
May 26, 2017
No One Watches RT's Chinese-Language YouTube Channel
Hyperbole aside, the channel has minuscule viewership in comparison to the target audience.
No One Watches RT's Chinese-Language YouTube Channel
Will Uzbekistan Join TAPI?
May 23, 2017
Will Uzbekistan Join TAPI?
During his second visit to Turkmenistan, Uzbek President Mirziyoyev agreed to join the pipeline project.
Will Uzbekistan Join TAPI?
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
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