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Kazakh History Textbooks Teach Indifference Toward the Next-of-kin in Chinese Xinjiang
November 23, 2022

Kazakh History Textbooks Teach Indifference Toward the Next-of-kin in Chinese Xinjiang

By Berikbol Dukeyev
The Kazakh public generally remains silent about the plight of ethnic Kazakh detainees held in Xinjiang. The education system is one reason why.

Does the Organization of Turkic States Worry China and Russia?
November 23, 2022

Does the Organization of Turkic States Worry China and Russia?

By Nurettin Akcay
Greater integration among Turkic states may pose a crucial threat to Beijing and Moscow.
Kazakhstan’s Multi-vector Diplomacy Shines Amid Conflict
November 22, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Multi-vector Diplomacy Shines Amid Conflict

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
In recent months, Astana has hosted top leaders and diplomats from China, Russia, Europe, and the United States, underscoring its balanced approach to diplomacy. 

What Explains Growing European Engagement in Central Asia?
November 22, 2022

What Explains Growing European Engagement in Central Asia?

By Alouddin Komilov
In recent years, the EU has shifted how it views Central Asia. That effort culminated recently with the first EU-Central Asia leaders summit.

Tokayev Secures Presidency in Old Kazakhstan-Style Early Election
November 21, 2022

Tokayev Secures Presidency in Old Kazakhstan-Style Early Election

By Catherine Putz
In “New Kazakhstan,” an typical old Kazakhstan-style election grants Tokayev power through 2029.

What to Expect from Tokayev’s Second Term
November 13, 2022

What to Expect from Tokayev’s Second Term

By Benjamin Godwin
As certain as his re-election may be, Kazakhstan's leader faces a pressing array of domestic and international challenges.

US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative
November 09, 2022

US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative

By Catherine Putz
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu's trip to Central Asia seeks to “reinforce the United States’ commitment to each country’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity."
Rights Group Highlights Police Abuse in Karakalpakstan Crackdown
November 08, 2022

Rights Group Highlights Police Abuse in Karakalpakstan Crackdown

By Catherine Putz
Human Rights Watch says Uzbek security forces “unjustifiably” used lethal force to disperse generally peaceful demonstrators this summer.

What’s Wrong With State Capitalism in Kazakhstan?
November 08, 2022

What’s Wrong With State Capitalism in Kazakhstan?

By Rakhimbek Abdrakhmanov
If Kazakhstan wants long-term economic growth, it needs economic and political constraints and counterweights.

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Foreign Ministers Sign Water, Border Agreements
November 03, 2022

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Foreign Ministers Sign Water, Border Agreements

By Catherine Putz
Despite domestic opposition in Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek and Tashkent are moving ahead with their agreements on the Kempir-Abad reservoir.

Kazakh Opposition Politician Zhanbolat Mamai Released to House Arrest
November 02, 2022

Kazakh Opposition Politician Zhanbolat Mamai Released to House Arrest

By Catherine Putz
After eight months in jail, and mounting pressure, the charges against Mamai were recently reclassified and he's been released to house arrest.
Germany Eyes Green Hydrogen Potential in Kazakhstan
November 02, 2022

Germany Eyes Green Hydrogen Potential in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
And in Uzbekistan, Berlin sees a rising regional power.

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