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Kazakh Leader Calls for Snap Presidential Election
September 01, 2022

Kazakh Leader Calls for Snap Presidential Election

By Catherine Putz
The Kazakh president, whose constitutional referendum this summer aimed to bring about a "New" Kazakhstan, has moved, rhetorically, on to speaking of a “Just” Kazakhstan.

The Fall From Grace of One of Kazakhstan’s Gray Cardinals 
August 30, 2022

The Fall From Grace of One of Kazakhstan’s Gray Cardinals 

By Paolo Sorbello
Former Majilis speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin seems to have lost power. 
Tokayev Downplays January CSTO Deployment to Kazakhstan
June 15, 2022

Tokayev Downplays January CSTO Deployment to Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
In a recent interview, the Kazakh president again pushed back against those in Russia who say Moscow "saved" Kazakhstan in January.

Is There Room in ‘New Kazakhstan’ For New Political Parties?
June 14, 2022

Is There Room in ‘New Kazakhstan’ For New Political Parties?

By Catherine Putz
The troubles of Zhanbolat Mamai make it clear that Kazakh authorities have little interest in genuine political competition.

Uzbekistan Seeks Information On Citizens Still Detained After Kazakhstan’s January Unrest
February 24, 2022

Uzbekistan Seeks Information On Citizens Still Detained After Kazakhstan’s January Unrest

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan sent a second note to Kazakhstan about the Uzbek citizens who remain in detention after having been rounded up during the January unrest.

Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Russia: Unrest and Uncertainty
February 22, 2022

Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Russia: Unrest and Uncertainty

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from George Voloshin

Voting with Their Feet: Emigration in the Aftermath of Kazakhstan’s Bloody January
February 09, 2022

Voting with Their Feet: Emigration in the Aftermath of Kazakhstan’s Bloody January

By Akbota Karibayeva and Aruzhan Meirkhanova
Fears of continued instability and uncertainty over the government’s course of action may cause more people to decide to leave Kazakhstan.
New Strikes and Protests in Kazakhstan
February 08, 2022

New Strikes and Protests in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Though smaller in scale, ongoing protests highlight the economic inequality that lies at the center of Kazakh discontent.

CSTO Deployment in Kazakhstan: Strategic Shift or Political Consolidation? 
February 08, 2022

CSTO Deployment in Kazakhstan: Strategic Shift or Political Consolidation? 

By Gregory Gleason and Pal Dunay
A great deal depends on how Kazakhstan recovers from the disorder and orients itself toward the changing international security terrain.

Killings and Arbitrary Arrests: Sorting Through Kazakhstan’s January Violence
February 04, 2022

Killings and Arbitrary Arrests: Sorting Through Kazakhstan’s January Violence

By Catherine Putz
Officially, 227 people were killed in “Bloody January” and nearly 1,000 remain in detention. But what really happened?

Mixed Feelings as Kazakhstan Looks Back on a Bloody January
January 31, 2022

Mixed Feelings as Kazakhstan Looks Back on a Bloody January

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
“They fight among themselves for power, and ordinary people suffer.”
Tokayev Urges Balancing of Nazarbayev’s Shortcomings and Merits
January 28, 2022

Tokayev Urges Balancing of Nazarbayev’s Shortcomings and Merits

By Catherine Putz
“Let us pay tribute to the historical merits of the first president… and leave possible miscalculations as a warning to the future leaders of our country," Tokayev said.

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