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Casey Michel

Casey Michel

Casey Michel has worked as a journalist in both Eurasia and the United States, and is currently a graduate student at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.

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

Posts by Casey Michel
August 14, 2017

Interview with Gerard Toal: Why Does Russia Invade Its Neighbors?

By Casey Michel
"Putin is an experienced geopolitician now, though his 'victories' may not look so good in the long run."

July 14, 2017

The Reality of Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan

By Casey Michel
Far from a multiconfessional bastion, some Christian and other denominations are discriminated against in Kazakhstan.
July 13, 2017

Kazakhstan Disappoints on OPEC Promise

By Casey Michel
Mixed reporting casts doubt on how seriously Astana takes its oil production cut promises.

July 12, 2017

Are Cheetahs Back in Turkmenistan?

By Casey Michel
Soviet-era hunting and environmental damage ravaged Turkmenistan’s cheetah population, but the cats may be back.

July 11, 2017

Felix Sater and Trump's Strange Kazakh Connections

By Casey Michel
Felix Sater, a felon and “fixer” for post-Soviet actors, is apparently cooperating with investigators.

July 10, 2017

TAPI and CASA-1000 Remain in Project Purgatory

By Casey Michel
As usual, there’s plenty of official optimism.
June 30, 2017

Trump Diamond: An Unsuccessful Bid for the Astana Skyline

By Casey Michel
A McClatchy investigation uncovered an unsuccessful attempt by Trump to make his mark on the steppe.

June 16, 2017

Kazakhstan’s Labor Union Crackdown Draws International Criticism

By Casey Michel
The International Labor Organization notes “serious obstacles” to establishment of unions.

June 12, 2017

It's Official: India and Pakistan Join Shanghai Cooperation Organization

By Casey Michel
The SCO expanded for the first time since its 2001 founding.

June 07, 2017

Interview: Andrew Feinberg, Ex-Sputnik Reporter

By Casey Michel
“Telling the other side is valuable, it’s important -- but not when it’s based on lies.”

June 06, 2017

SCO Set to Expand, Adding India and Pakistan

By Casey Michel
Does it matter that two new flags will rise in Beijing?
June 05, 2017

Peacefulness on the Rise in Central Asia

By Casey Michel
In the latest Global Peace Index, Central Asia shows improvement.

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