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Kazakhstan’s Light Rail Corruption Case Drags on
October 16, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Light Rail Corruption Case Drags on

By Paolo Sorbello
The capital’s light rail might never be built, and the corrupt officials that stole public funds might never be convicted.

How Do Central Asians View the Taliban?
October 05, 2021

How Do Central Asians View the Taliban?

By Catherine Putz
Phone survey work in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in August and September underscores general discomfort with the topic of Afghanistan.
Pandora Papers: Kazakhstan and the Offshore Shuffle
October 04, 2021

Pandora Papers: Kazakhstan and the Offshore Shuffle

By Catherine Putz
OCCRP’s investigation reveals a payout of $30 million to an alleged unofficial wife of Kazakhstan’s First President.

Nuclear Energy in Kazakhstan? The Problem of Accountability
October 01, 2021

Nuclear Energy in Kazakhstan? The Problem of Accountability

By Nazira Kozhanova
In Kazakhstan, the topic of nuclear energy comes wrapped in the legacy of the Semipalatinsk, the Soviet nuclear testing site.

Open Secrets: Expose Reveals a Kazakh Top Manager’s Business Network
September 27, 2021

Open Secrets: Expose Reveals a Kazakh Top Manager’s Business Network

By Paolo Sorbello
Public domain research by Radio Azattyq showed the extent of Kairat Sharipbayev’s private interests.

Can ‘Good’ Economics Coexist with ‘Bad’ Politics?
September 23, 2021

Can ‘Good’ Economics Coexist with ‘Bad’ Politics?

By Simon Commander
Across the former Soviet Union, improved rankings for selective governance indicators tend to give a misleading view of governments' ability to reform themselves.

Kazakhstan’s Cryptocurrency Mining Grows Despite Emissions Worries
September 15, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Cryptocurrency Mining Grows Despite Emissions Worries

By Paolo Sorbello
The increased energy demand could be met by a long-awaited nuclear power plant. 
UN Mission to Afghanistan Relocates to Kazakhstan
September 11, 2021

UN Mission to Afghanistan Relocates to Kazakhstan

By Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
As the world adapts to a “new” Afghanistan, there is much work to be done to help Afghans in need. From its temporary base in Almaty, UNAMA will continue to work toward this goal.

Japan and Kazakhstan: Partners in Nuclear Disarmament
September 02, 2021

Japan and Kazakhstan: Partners in Nuclear Disarmament

By Marin Ekstrom
Tokyo and Nur-Sultan share a commitment to nuclear non-proliferation rooted in their first-hand experiences with the trauma of nuclear weapons.

Inflation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Fuels Labor Unrest in Kazakhstan
August 31, 2021

Inflation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Fuels Labor Unrest in Kazakhstan

By Elvira Kalmurzaeva
In the first half of 2021, there were more strikes in Kazakhstan than in the entire 2018 to 2020 period.

SOS Taldykol: Art and Activism in in Kazakhstan
August 31, 2021

SOS Taldykol: Art and Activism in in Kazakhstan

By Colleen Wood
Activists in Nur-Sultan are working to protect a reservoir from destruction, but can they be successful?
Why Haven’t Kazakh Xinjiang Protests Gained Traction?
August 18, 2021

Why Haven’t Kazakh Xinjiang Protests Gained Traction?

By Dariga Sanayeva
The plight of Kazakhs detained in Xinjiang’s “re-education” camps has not gained widespread public support among ethnic Kazakhs in Kazakhstan.

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