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Is This the Closing of the Kazakh Window Into Xinjiang?
March 11, 2019
Is This the Closing of the Kazakh Window Into Xinjiang?
With the arrest of Serikzhan Bilash, a movement that gave the world a view into the Xinjiang crisis has an uncertain future.
Is This the Closing of the Kazakh Window Into Xinjiang?
Finding Kazakhstan’s Troll Farms
February 20, 2019
Finding Kazakhstan’s Troll Farms
Nurbots fill comment sections across the Kazakh internet. They may not be convincing but they pollute online discourse.
Finding Kazakhstan’s Troll Farms
Sarah Cameron: Famine and Unimaginable Sorrow in Soviet Kazakhstan
January 22, 2019
Sarah Cameron: Famine and Unimaginable Sorrow in Soviet Kazakhstan
A discussion of Soviet policy, a devastating famine, and the making of Kazakhstan.
Sarah Cameron: Famine and Unimaginable Sorrow in Soviet Kazakhstan
The Kok Zhailau Problem and Kazakh Civil Society
December 25, 2018
The Kok Zhailau Problem and Kazakh Civil Society
Plans to build a ski resort on a national park in Kazakhstan have been met with local resistance.
The Kok Zhailau Problem and Kazakh Civil Society
All Along the Irtysh River Basin
November 21, 2018
All Along the Irtysh River Basin
Running across China, Kazakhstan, and Russia, the Irtysh carries with it a host of difficulties from floods to pollution.
All Along the Irtysh River Basin
Who Will Run Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan?
October 30, 2018
Who Will Run Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan?
At 78, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev is the region's oldest leader. Naturally, speculation abounds about a successor.
Who Will Run Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan?
The Case of the Khrapunovs
July 18, 2018
The Case of the Khrapunovs
International institutions fail to measure up to the task of tackling globalized financial crime.
The Case of the Khrapunovs
Settling the Caspian Issue and Realizing the Trans-Caspian Energy Corridor
July 10, 2018
Settling the Caspian Issue and Realizing the Trans-Caspian Energy Corridor
Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan’s aims to diversify their energy export markets got a boost recently.
Settling the Caspian Issue and Realizing the Trans-Caspian Energy Corridor
Carefully, Kazakhstan Confronts China About Kazakhs in Xinjiang Re-Education Camps
June 14, 2018
Carefully, Kazakhstan Confronts China About Kazakhs in Xinjiang Re-Education Camps
Astana can't afford to push Beijing too hard, even on behalf of its own citizens detained in Xinjiang re-education camps.
Carefully, Kazakhstan Confronts China About Kazakhs in Xinjiang Re-Education Camps
Seizing Economic Opportunities in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
May 24, 2018
Seizing Economic Opportunities in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
If Astana and Tashkent can tackle long-term obstacles to growth, there’s great potential in the region.
Seizing Economic Opportunities in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
The Ablyazov Affair: ‘Fraud on an Epic Scale’
February 23, 2018
The Ablyazov Affair: ‘Fraud on an Epic Scale’
New rounds of litigation add to the opaque case of fugitive ex-Kazakh minister Mukhtar Ablyazov.
The Ablyazov Affair: ‘Fraud on an Epic Scale’
Dark Tourism in Kazakhstan’s Gulag Heartland
May 25, 2017
Dark Tourism in Kazakhstan’s Gulag Heartland
Under the USSR, Kazakhstan hosted a sprawling network of prison camps that housed millions of prisoners.
Dark Tourism in Kazakhstan’s Gulag Heartland
Kazakhstan's Renewable Energy Quest
May 02, 2017
Kazakhstan's Renewable Energy Quest
Astana will face a number of practical and political issues in promoting renewable energy sources.
Kazakhstan's Renewable Energy Quest
Kazakhstan’s Land Reforms
June 15, 2016
Kazakhstan’s Land Reforms
A major debate on the contentious issue of land reforms is underway in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan’s Land Reforms
Gennady Golovkin and Kazakhstan’s Soft Power
April 22, 2016
Gennady Golovkin and Kazakhstan’s Soft Power
The boxer is following a path first blazed by the Philippines' Manny Pacquiao.
Gennady Golovkin and Kazakhstan’s Soft Power
Understanding Kazakhstan’s Politics, Again
March 25, 2016
Understanding Kazakhstan’s Politics, Again
The people of Kazakhstan have made their preferences clear.
Understanding Kazakhstan’s Politics, Again
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