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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
Coming in 2018? A New Latin-Based Kazakh Alphabet
July 26, 2017
Coming in 2018? A New Latin-Based Kazakh Alphabet
Astana has been floating the idea of switching to a Latin-based alphabet for more than a decade.
Coming in 2018? A New Latin-Based Kazakh Alphabet
A Central Asian President's Guide to Getting Published
July 14, 2017
A Central Asian President's Guide to Getting Published
An important building block in any cult of personality is a whole shelf of laudatory texts.
A Central Asian President's Guide to Getting Published
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
Does Kazakhstan's New Law on Revoking Citizenship Matter?
July 12, 2017
Does Kazakhstan's New Law on Revoking Citizenship Matter?
International law frowns on creating stateless persons, but Astana's irritating exiles can afford to buy new passports.
Does Kazakhstan's New Law on Revoking Citizenship Matter?
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
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
5th Round of Astana Syria Peace Talks End Without Agreement
July 07, 2017
5th Round of Astana Syria Peace Talks End Without Agreement
The de-escalation zones, let alone which country's "military observers" would maintain them, remain under discussion.
5th Round of Astana Syria Peace Talks End Without Agreement
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
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
<em>Update</em>: Will Kazakh and Kyrgyz Troops Keep the Peace in Syria?
June 24, 2017
Update: Will Kazakh and Kyrgyz Troops Keep the Peace in Syria?
The story continues to develop with denials, open doors, and the tangled web of international diplomacy.
Update: Will Kazakh and Kyrgyz Troops Keep the Peace in Syria?
Russia Proposes Deploying Kazakhs and Kyrgyz to Syria
June 23, 2017
Russia Proposes Deploying Kazakhs and Kyrgyz to Syria
And now for something completely different.
Russia Proposes Deploying Kazakhs and Kyrgyz to Syria
How to Deal With Those Scary Steppe Roads
June 21, 2017
How to Deal With Those Scary Steppe Roads
A new CSIS report highlights just how important road safety is in Kazakhstan.
How to Deal With Those Scary Steppe Roads
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
Energy in Central Asia: Who Has What?
June 15, 2017
Energy in Central Asia: Who Has What?
Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and a breakdown of their energy resources.
Energy in Central Asia: Who Has What?
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