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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

Lawsuits Threaten Kazakhstan's Oil Money
January 12, 2018
Lawsuits Threaten Kazakhstan's Oil Money
A business venture gone awry could have major repercussions for Kazakhstan's oil fund.
Lawsuits Threaten Kazakhstan's Oil Money
Attacks on Press Freedom Show Central Asia’s Authoritarian Side
December 20, 2017
Attacks on Press Freedom Show Central Asia’s Authoritarian Side
Media freedom continues to be a weak point in Central Asia.
Attacks on Press Freedom Show Central Asia’s Authoritarian Side
Miners Strike in Central Kazakhstan, Protesting Bad Work Conditions and Pay
December 15, 2017
Miners Strike in Central Kazakhstan, Protesting Bad Work Conditions and Pay
The company reacted by suing the workers after three days of stalled talks.
Miners Strike in Central Kazakhstan, Protesting Bad Work Conditions and Pay
Tajikistan Keeps Selling Debt Amid Macroeconomic Wasteland
November 27, 2017
Tajikistan Keeps Selling Debt Amid Macroeconomic Wasteland
Hungry investors may have another chance to buy Tajik debt soon, but the IMF thinks the situation is far from stable.
Tajikistan Keeps Selling Debt Amid Macroeconomic Wasteland
Leaks Unveil Kazakh Officials with Offshore Links
November 17, 2017
Leaks Unveil Kazakh Officials with Offshore Links
The Paradise Papers leak shows that Sauat Mynbayev, a key in Kazakhstan's energy sector, could have conspired to hide millions in offshore havens.
Leaks Unveil Kazakh Officials with Offshore Links
Tajikistan's Presidential Family Ousts Competitor in the Fuel Market
November 01, 2017
Tajikistan's Presidential Family Ousts Competitor in the Fuel Market
Tajik police detained a prominent businessman, leaving room for the president's son-in-law.
Tajikistan's Presidential Family Ousts Competitor in the Fuel Market
Fuel Crisis Exposes Kazakhstan's Energy Contradictions
October 23, 2017
Fuel Crisis Exposes Kazakhstan's Energy Contradictions
For the past month, lack of gasoline, price increases, and public discontent highlighted Kazakhstan's infrastructural and institutional impasse.
Fuel Crisis Exposes Kazakhstan's Energy Contradictions
Working Conditions and Ethnic Relations Ignored in Kazakhstan
September 11, 2017
Working Conditions and Ethnic Relations Ignored in Kazakhstan
Social tensions boiled in Kazakhstan as three died in a coal mine and hundreds of workers and locals fought in Astana.
Working Conditions and Ethnic Relations Ignored in Kazakhstan
Central Asian Central Banks Play with Rates to Boost Growth
August 29, 2017
Central Asian Central Banks Play with Rates to Boost Growth
Sliding out of crisis, how are regional central banks handling their monetary realities?
Central Asian Central Banks Play with Rates to Boost Growth
What’s All the Fuss About Terrorism in Central Asia?
August 16, 2017
What’s All the Fuss About Terrorism in Central Asia?
Reports from Central Asia about a future doomed to violent Islamic extremism in the region are thin on evidence.
What’s All the Fuss About Terrorism in Central Asia?
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
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