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Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher from Italy. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying state-business relations in Kazakhstan.

Paolo’s work has also been published by The Conway Bulletin, Newsbase’s FSUOGM and Energo, openDemocracyEurasianetMilano Finanza, and L’Indro. While his main focus is energy, his writings span across political and business matters. You can follow Paolo on Twitter or connect via LinkedIn

EXPO Astana: Behind the Glitz
August 01, 2017
EXPO Astana: Behind the Glitz
An expensive billboard for Kazakhstan's slow transition to clean energy.
EXPO Astana: Behind the Glitz
With Help from Astana, Banking Deal of the Year Goes Through in Kazakhstan
July 28, 2017
With Help from Astana, Banking Deal of the Year Goes Through in Kazakhstan
After lengthy negotiations, Halyk Bank bought out Qazkom, partially helped by the government's decision to shoulder some of Qazkom's toxic assets.
With Help from Astana, Banking Deal of the Year Goes Through in Kazakhstan
Copper and the Making of Kazakhstan's New Metal Moguls
July 10, 2017
Copper and the Making of Kazakhstan's New Metal Moguls
Commodity prices have found a “new normal” but copper is doing much better.
Copper and the Making of Kazakhstan's New Metal Moguls
Now Under the Nazarbayev Brand: Astana's Airport
June 27, 2017
Now Under the Nazarbayev Brand: Astana's Airport
Kazakhstan renamed Astana's international airport after the first and current president of the country, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Now Under the Nazarbayev Brand: Astana's Airport
Pension Fund Problems in Kazakhstan
June 14, 2017
Pension Fund Problems in Kazakhstan
After centralizing privately-held pensions into an agency run by the Central Bank, Astana made a few questionable investments.
Pension Fund Problems in Kazakhstan
Restructuring of Kazakhstan's Banking Sector Continues
May 23, 2017
Restructuring of Kazakhstan's Banking Sector Continues
Aftershocks of the crisis continue to rock the country's financial sector after a buyout and rumors of another merger.
Restructuring of Kazakhstan's Banking Sector Continues
Turkmenistan's Ongoing Gas Quandary
April 25, 2017
Turkmenistan's Ongoing Gas Quandary
Reports of a late resolution of a dispute with a Chinese supplier show further problems in Turkmenistan's gas industry.
Turkmenistan's Ongoing Gas Quandary
Another Independent News Outlet Shuts Down in Kazakhstan
April 19, 2017
Another Independent News Outlet Shuts Down in Kazakhstan
Radiotochka, a respected radio and web news outfit, will phase out due to financial difficulties.
Another Independent News Outlet Shuts Down in Kazakhstan
The Problem With <em>Dictatorland</em>
April 04, 2017
The Problem With Dictatorland
The BBC documentary is both an orientalist exercise and a potentially dangerous document for the journalist's sources.
The Problem With Dictatorland
Uzbekistan Puts a Smile on an Economic Blow to Turkmenistan
March 16, 2017
Uzbekistan Puts a Smile on an Economic Blow to Turkmenistan
Mirziyoyev paid his first visit to Turkmenistan while their main joint project – a pipeline to China – was being killed.
Uzbekistan Puts a Smile on an Economic Blow to Turkmenistan
Kazakhstan's Anti-Corruption Drive Turns Against Opposition
February 27, 2017
Kazakhstan's Anti-Corruption Drive Turns Against Opposition
Kazakhstan's renewed efforts against corruption might mask a strategy aimed to silence opposition figures and activists.
Kazakhstan's Anti-Corruption Drive Turns Against Opposition
Kazakh Banks Mull Mergers, Lose Licenses in Major Restructuring
February 14, 2017
Kazakh Banks Mull Mergers, Lose Licenses in Major Restructuring
With a major merger pending, Kazakh banks are rapidly restructuring, getting ready for tougher competition.
Kazakh Banks Mull Mergers, Lose Licenses in Major Restructuring
Syrian Sides Snub Final Document at Astana Peace Talks
January 25, 2017
Syrian Sides Snub Final Document at Astana Peace Talks
Russia, Turkey and Iran conclude the two-day negotiation with an agreement on jointly monitoring the shaky ceasefire.
Syrian Sides Snub Final Document at Astana Peace Talks
A Corruption Earthquake Shakes Kazakhstan's Government
January 17, 2017
A Corruption Earthquake Shakes Kazakhstan's Government
Changes in the economy ministry and presidential administration forced by arrests at the top.
A Corruption Earthquake Shakes Kazakhstan's Government
Football Leaks: The Kazakh Connection
January 03, 2017
Football Leaks: The Kazakh Connection
A Kazakh family is at the center of a scandal that unveiled murky deals in the global world of football.
Football Leaks: The Kazakh Connection
France Sets Kazakh Ex-Banker Free, Cancels Extradition Order
December 11, 2016
France Sets Kazakh Ex-Banker Free, Cancels Extradition Order
Mukhtar Ablyazov, a staunch opponent of Kazakhstan's president, walks free after three years in a French prison.
France Sets Kazakh Ex-Banker Free, Cancels Extradition Order
Is a Banking Supergiant in the Making in Kazakhstan?
December 02, 2016
Is a Banking Supergiant in the Making in Kazakhstan?
The country's two largest banks -- Halyk Bank and Qazkom -- could merge next year
Is a Banking Supergiant in the Making in Kazakhstan?
Is Nazarbayev’s New Personality Cult a Prelude to an Exit?
November 24, 2016
Is Nazarbayev’s New Personality Cult a Prelude to an Exit?
A new banknote with Nazarbayev's image and a possible eponymous renaming of Astana may signal a potential departure.
Is Nazarbayev’s New Personality Cult a Prelude to an Exit?
External Shocks Continue to Put Pressure on Central Asian Economies
October 25, 2016
External Shocks Continue to Put Pressure on Central Asian Economies
The IMF forecasts the slowest economic recovery in almost two decades.
External Shocks Continue to Put Pressure on Central Asian Economies
Kashagan Restart Gives Kazakhstan Hope
October 17, 2016
Kashagan Restart Gives Kazakhstan Hope
The oil project met its deadline, but will it be sustainable?
Kashagan Restart Gives Kazakhstan Hope
Ominous Outlook for Kazakhstan's Oil Exports
October 01, 2015
Ominous Outlook for Kazakhstan's Oil Exports
As oil production falls, experts forecast a consequent reduction in exports.
Ominous Outlook for Kazakhstan's Oil Exports
Kazakhstan and Shady London Real Estate Deals
July 23, 2015
Kazakhstan and Shady London Real Estate Deals
A Global Witness report traces some high-end property deals to the Kazakhstan elite.
Kazakhstan and Shady London Real Estate Deals
EXPO in Kazakhstan: Nepotism and Corruption Revealed
July 22, 2015
EXPO in Kazakhstan: Nepotism and Corruption Revealed
Exits by senior officials uncover problems in the event organizer.
EXPO in Kazakhstan: Nepotism and Corruption Revealed
Nazarbayev: ‘There are no untouchables in Kazakhstan’
July 06, 2015
Nazarbayev: ‘There are no untouchables in Kazakhstan’
Kazakhstan’s president speaks on language, corruption, and the transition of power.
Nazarbayev: ‘There are no untouchables in Kazakhstan’
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