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The Taxman Cometh for Kazakh NGOs
January 26, 2021

The Taxman Cometh for Kazakh NGOs

By Catherine Putz
In January so far, four Kazakh NGOs have been fined and suspended by the state's tax authorities -- a convenient cover for political repression.

Elections in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan: What Next?
January 14, 2021

Elections in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan: What Next?

By Ankit Panda
A presidential election in Kyrgyzstan and a parliamentary election in Kazakhstan kick off 2021 in Central Asia.
Dariga Nazarbayeva Headed Back to Parliament
January 14, 2021

Dariga Nazarbayeva Headed Back to Parliament

By Catherine Putz
The first president’s daughter is on the list of 76 deputies Nur Otan aims to seat in the new parliament.

Why Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections Matter
January 07, 2021

Why Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections Matter

By Benjamin Godwin
While the result is not in doubt, the elections could mark the next stage in Kazakhstan’s ongoing transition of power.

How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?
January 07, 2021

How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?

By Catherine Putz
The January 2021 World Bank Global Economic Prospects report is out, heralding a “subdued” recovery for the world. How fares Central Asia?

Kazakh President Chimes in on ‘Gift’ Controversy
January 06, 2021

Kazakh President Chimes in on ‘Gift’ Controversy

By Catherine Putz
A pair of Russian lawmakers last month said Kazakhstan’s territory was a “gift” from Russia, resurrecting an old offensive tune.

Kazakhstan-China Border Delays as Rail Freight Hedge Wobbles
January 05, 2021

Kazakhstan-China Border Delays as Rail Freight Hedge Wobbles

By Tristan Kenderdine
A bottleneck on the Kazakh-China border has left thousands of wagons waiting to cross for weeks on end.
Looking Ahead to January 10: Elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
December 22, 2020

Looking Ahead to January 10: Elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

By Colleen Wood
Why bother analyzing elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan if we think we know the results?

Election Campaign Kicks Off Slow in Kazakhstan
December 15, 2020

Election Campaign Kicks Off Slow in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
After some initial commotion in the political environment, the parliamentary race folded back into a roll-call of loyalists. 

Tracing the Chinese Footprints in Kazakhstan’s Oil and Gas Industry
December 12, 2020

Tracing the Chinese Footprints in Kazakhstan’s Oil and Gas Industry

By Niva Yau
In Beijing’s pursuit of shifting its trade and energy dependencies from sea to land, Nur-Sultan is a necessary partner.

Kazakhstan Aims to Increase Participation in UN Peacekeeping Missions
December 08, 2020

Kazakhstan Aims to Increase Participation in UN Peacekeeping Missions

By Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
The additional troops won’t be deployed until 2022 and it's not clear where they will be stationed.
Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections: The Ablyazov Effect
December 03, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections: The Ablyazov Effect

By Catherine Putz
Mukhtar Ablyazov is kryptonite in Kazakh politics.

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