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Observer Now, Beneficiary Later: China and the Unrest in Kazakhstan
January 21, 2022

Observer Now, Beneficiary Later: China and the Unrest in Kazakhstan

By Benno Zogg
China’s interests in Kazakhstan appear unaffected. As the Kazakhstani regime seeks economic growth and may tighten repression, Beijing's importance could grow.

Little Blue Helmets in Kazakhstan 
January 19, 2022

Little Blue Helmets in Kazakhstan 

By Matt Cavanaugh and Jahara Matisek
A blue line was crossed; the international community must respond.
Nazarbayev Resurfaces, Dismisses Talk of Elite Conflict in Kazakhstan
January 18, 2022

Nazarbayev Resurfaces, Dismisses Talk of Elite Conflict in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
The statement from the First President came just after evidence of elite conflict began surfacing in earnest, with suggestions of a purge of Nazarbayev elites.

Uzbekistan Reacts to the Crisis in Kazakhstan
January 18, 2022

Uzbekistan Reacts to the Crisis in Kazakhstan

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent reiterated its anti-CSTO sentiments and says it can independently control domestic issues if needed. 

After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia
January 18, 2022

After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia

By Igor Denisov
Despite its economic clout in Kazakhstan, Beijing has had far less political leverage than Moscow.

China and Iran Since the 25-Year Agreement: The Limits of Cooperation
January 17, 2022

China and Iran Since the 25-Year Agreement: The Limits of Cooperation

By William Figueroa
Iran may be forced to “Look East” in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, but the Chinese government continues to look in many directions at once.

Kazakhstan: Local Politics and the Chaos in Almaty
January 14, 2022

Kazakhstan: Local Politics and the Chaos in Almaty

By Colleen Wood
Resolving discontent with Almaty’s local government will be an important step in Kazakhstan’s broader political reform efforts.
After Kazakhstan Unrest, Relatives Await Detainees’ Release
January 13, 2022

After Kazakhstan Unrest, Relatives Await Detainees’ Release

By Associated Press
Authorities have refused to allow relatives or lawyers to see the 12,000 people reportedly in custody, giving little information about them.

Central Asia Continues to Supply Electricity to Afghanistan
January 13, 2022

Central Asia Continues to Supply Electricity to Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
In recent weeks, both Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have signed agreements with Afghanistan on energy supplies in 2022, despite unplanned outages.

Central Asia Braces for COVID-19 Omicron Wave
January 13, 2022

Central Asia Braces for COVID-19 Omicron Wave

By Catherine Putz
With the arrival of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Central Asia looks to be heading into its fourth wave of pandemic. 

A War of Words: Kazakhstan, Terrorists, and Protesters
January 12, 2022

A War of Words: Kazakhstan, Terrorists, and Protesters

By Catherine Putz
In a statement, several U.N. special rapporteurs condemned Kazakhstan’s broad use of the term “terrorism.”
Kazakhstan’s New Cabinet Features Many of the Same Ministers
January 12, 2022

Kazakhstan’s New Cabinet Features Many of the Same Ministers

By Paolo Sorbello
There was no radical change in the composition of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s team.

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