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Reliance on Hydrocarbons Still Key for Kazakhstan
September 30, 2022

Reliance on Hydrocarbons Still Key for Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Bullish talk about oil and gas at an industry conference has pushed back the country's energy transition plans.

Kazakh President Urges Calm and Care for Russians Fleeing Mobilization
September 27, 2022

Kazakh President Urges Calm and Care for Russians Fleeing Mobilization

By Catherine Putz
“We must take care of them and ensure their safety. This is a political and humanitarian issue,” Kazakh President Tokayev said of the influx of Russians.
Kazakhstan Continues to Break Ranks With Russia
September 23, 2022

Kazakhstan Continues to Break Ranks With Russia

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
The not-so-subtle criticism of the Russian government regarding Ukraine in Kazakh President Tokayev’s UNGA speech should not be overlooked.

Xinjiang Kazakh Plans Political Party to Counter China’s Xi
September 17, 2022

Xinjiang Kazakh Plans Political Party to Counter China’s Xi

By Dake Kang
Despite Xi’s warm official reception in Kazakhstan, the general population is disturbed by reports of oppression aimed at Kazakhs in China.

What Does Xi Jinping’s Visit Tell Us About China’s Relationship with Central Asia?
September 15, 2022

What Does Xi Jinping’s Visit Tell Us About China’s Relationship with Central Asia?

By Brian Wong and Iskander Akylbayev
While the meeting with Putin stole headlines, Xi’s trips to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are about far more than Russia.

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 
September 15, 2022

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 

By Paolo Sorbello
Jusan Bank, linked to the country’s former president, will divest from Kcell. 

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms
September 14, 2022

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan is to introduce a single seven-year presidential term and revert the capital’s name to “Astana.”
Russia’s War in Ukraine the Backdrop to Pope’s Kazakh Visit 
September 13, 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine the Backdrop to Pope’s Kazakh Visit 

By Nicole Winfield and Kostya Manenkov
The most noteworthy aspects of Pope Francis' visit to Kazakhstan might be the missed opportunities.

Why China’s Xi Is Visiting Kazakhstan First
September 13, 2022

Why China’s Xi Is Visiting Kazakhstan First

By Catherine Putz
Before Xi travels to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for the SCO summit and a bilateral with Russian President Putin, he’ll land in Kazakhstan for a state visit.

‘Russia Is a Threat, Not a Friend’ Ukrainian Foreign Minister Warns Central Asia
September 08, 2022

‘Russia Is a Threat, Not a Friend’ Ukrainian Foreign Minister Warns Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
In a press conference with Central Asian media outlets, the Ukrainian foreign minister urged the region: “don’t let Russia use you.”

Kazakh Opposition Organizing Against Snap Elections
September 06, 2022

Kazakh Opposition Organizing Against Snap Elections

By Catherine Putz
Although no date has been set, Kazakhstan’s likely imminent presidential election has drawn sharp criticism from opposition figures.
Kazakh President Tokayev Visits Northern Region Affected by Wildfires
September 06, 2022

Kazakh President Tokayev Visits Northern Region Affected by Wildfires

By Catherine Putz
Forest fires in northern Kazakhstan were brought under control but demonstrate serious future risks as temperatures rise and droughts intensify.

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