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Causes and Consequences of Kazakhstan’s January 2022 Unrest
January 11, 2022

Causes and Consequences of Kazakhstan’s January 2022 Unrest

By Ankit Panda, Catherine Putz, and Ankit Panda
Protests over gas prices have quickly spiraled into nationwide unrest, resulting in the first-ever intervention by the CSTO in one of its member states.
China and Russia Both Benefit From the CSTO Intervention in Kazakhstan
January 11, 2022

China and Russia Both Benefit From the CSTO Intervention in Kazakhstan

By Luke Botting
Far from causing friction, Russia’s intervention in Kazakhstan shows the durability of the Sino-Russian relationship.

Curious Case of the Kyrgyz Jazzman Detained in Kazakhstan
January 11, 2022

Curious Case of the Kyrgyz Jazzman Detained in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
The bizarre story illustrates a wider set of concerns as the Kazakh government claims to have arrested nearly 8,000 people in the wake of a week of chaos in Kazakhstan. 

Information Chaos in Kazakhstan
January 10, 2022

Information Chaos in Kazakhstan

By Katrina Keegan
Seeking control, the Kazakh government shut down the internet. But the long-term effects may only necessitate continued crackdowns.

Former Security Chief Massimov Arrested on Treason Charges in Kazakhstan
January 08, 2022

Former Security Chief Massimov Arrested on Treason Charges in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
A day after being dismissed as head of the KNB, Massimov was arrested. The news sheds additional light on the complex web of politics and violence at play.
The Kazakhstan Crisis: A View From Kyrgyzstan
January 08, 2022

The Kazakhstan Crisis: A View From Kyrgyzstan

By Aidai Masylkanova
In supporting the CSTO intervention today in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov is perhaps hoping to secure similar CSTO support for himself in the future. 

Kazakhstan’s Tokayev Orders Troops to ‘Shoot to Kill Without Warning’
January 07, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Tokayev Orders Troops to ‘Shoot to Kill Without Warning’

By Catherine Putz
Tokayev called international urging for the government to negotiate with protesters "idiocy."
Kyrgyzstan and Centerra in Talks for Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution Over Kumtor
January 07, 2022

Kyrgyzstan and Centerra in Talks for Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution Over Kumtor

By Catherine Putz
The Canadian mining firm confirmed that it is in discussions with Bishkek over the fate of the mine.

Kazakhstan’s Leadership Shows Internal Cracks in Attempts to Restore Public Safety
January 07, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Leadership Shows Internal Cracks in Attempts to Restore Public Safety

By Paolo Sorbello
As CSTO troops start their operations in Almaty, the president seems to be losing authority.

CSTO Deploys to Kazakhstan at Tokayev’s Request
January 06, 2022

CSTO Deploys to Kazakhstan at Tokayev’s Request

By Catherine Putz
For the first time since its 1994 founding, the CSTO has agreed to deploy forces to a member state.

Unprecedented Protests Rock Kazakhstan as Government Clings to Familiar Script
January 05, 2022

Unprecedented Protests Rock Kazakhstan as Government Clings to Familiar Script

By Catherine Putz
In a January 5 televised address, Kazakhstan's president followed a familiar script: blame the unrest on a conspiracy.
The Art of Survival for Central Asian States
January 03, 2022

The Art of Survival for Central Asian States

By Brian Wong, Iskander Akylbayev, and Valikhan Bakhretdinov
30 years on from the dissolution of the USSR, Central Asian states are a case study in hedging and balancing between global superpowers.

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