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Paolo Sorbello

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. He is also the Business News Editor of the weekly newspaper The Conway Bulletin.

Paolo’s work has also been published by 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

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’
EXPO in Kazakhstan Becomes Corruption Show
June 30, 2015
EXPO in Kazakhstan Becomes Corruption Show
An event meant to showcase Kazakhstan’s progress shows its dark side.
EXPO in Kazakhstan Becomes Corruption Show
Dubai Chases Turkmenistan Oil Stake
June 24, 2015
Dubai Chases Turkmenistan Oil Stake
Gulf countries continue their efforts to move into Central Asia.
Dubai Chases Turkmenistan Oil Stake
Kazakhstan: Kashagan Hopes Are Up
June 22, 2015
Kazakhstan: Kashagan Hopes Are Up
The consortium of companies says the giant field will be at full capacity by the end of 2017.
Kazakhstan: Kashagan Hopes Are Up
Europe and Turkmenistan Make Nice
May 17, 2015
Europe and Turkmenistan Make Nice
The completion of the East-West pipeline could allow Turkmen gas to be delivered to Europe in the near future.
Europe and Turkmenistan Make Nice
Victory Day in Central Asia
May 11, 2015
Victory Day in Central Asia
Celebrations are marked by Central Asia’s endless debate over the color of victory ribbons.
Victory Day in Central Asia
Tough Outlook for Central Asian Economies
March 25, 2015
Tough Outlook for Central Asian Economies
The ADB has published a discouraging outlook for the next two years.
Tough Outlook for Central Asian Economies
Kazakhstan: One Last Time for Nazarbayev
March 16, 2015
Kazakhstan: One Last Time for Nazarbayev
Kazakhstan’s president will run one more time, but indicated that it’s time for a change.
Kazakhstan: One Last Time for Nazarbayev
International Lenders Bet on Tajikistan
March 12, 2015
International Lenders Bet on Tajikistan
With loans from the World Bank and the ADB, Tajikistan strengthens its infrastructure.
International Lenders Bet on Tajikistan
HSBC Scandal Unveils Central Asian Figures
February 17, 2015
HSBC Scandal Unveils Central Asian Figures
Citizens from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have been involved in some murky Swiss banking.
HSBC Scandal Unveils Central Asian Figures
Uzkebistan: Rumors of Karimov’s Demise Emerge Again
February 15, 2015
Uzkebistan: Rumors of Karimov’s Demise Emerge Again
Rumors about the death of Uzbekistan’s president appear again in opposition media outlets. Another hoax?
Uzkebistan: Rumors of Karimov’s Demise Emerge Again
Kazakhstan and the Emerging Market Gold Rush
February 05, 2015
Kazakhstan and the Emerging Market Gold Rush
Astana, Moscow and Beijing are among those buying gold in reaction to a thriving dollar.
Kazakhstan and the Emerging Market Gold Rush
Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Indecision
January 26, 2015
Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Indecision
For more than a decade, Astana has tried to clinch a deal for a new nuclear power plant, without success.
Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Indecision
A Timid Uzbek-Tajik Rapprochement
January 24, 2015
A Timid Uzbek-Tajik Rapprochement
An air route reopens amid border clashes and geopolitical tensions.
A Timid Uzbek-Tajik Rapprochement
Kazakhstan’s Broken Brokerage
January 16, 2015
Kazakhstan’s Broken Brokerage
A failed meeting in Astana highlights the limits of Nazarbayev's efforts to bring Russia and Ukraine together.
Kazakhstan’s Broken Brokerage
Islam and Central Asia: Threat or Myth?
January 14, 2015
Islam and Central Asia: Threat or Myth?
At a time of religious tensions and extremist violence, the commotion about the Islamic threat in Central Asia needs careful analysis.
Islam and Central Asia: Threat or Myth?
Nursultan Nazarbayev’s TV Tour
December 31, 2014
Nursultan Nazarbayev’s TV Tour
Kazakhstan’s president has been a fixture on television in recent weeks. What message is he sending?
Nursultan Nazarbayev’s TV Tour
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