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Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

What’s in Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Referendum?
May 09, 2022

What’s in Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Referendum?

By Colleen Wood
On June 5, Kazakhs will vote on a package of reforms intended to transform the country from a super-presidential system to a “presidential system with a strong parliament."

Tokayev Outlines ‘New Kazakhstan’ in State of the Nation Address
March 16, 2022

Tokayev Outlines ‘New Kazakhstan’ in State of the Nation Address

By Catherine Putz
In a recent speech, Kazakh President Tokayev laid out the government’s understanding of the January events and proposed a litany of reforms to achieve a “New Kazakhstan.”
How Ukraine Could Remake Kazakhstan’s Relationship With Russia
March 10, 2022

How Ukraine Could Remake Kazakhstan’s Relationship With Russia

By Kristoffer Rees
Tokayev’s “new Kazakhstan” is much less in sync with Russia, as illustrated by the country’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Nur Otan No More? Kazakhstan’s Ruling Party Rebrands as ‘Amanat’
March 02, 2022

Nur Otan No More? Kazakhstan’s Ruling Party Rebrands as ‘Amanat’

By Catherine Putz
De-Nazarbayevification continues with the renaming of the ruling Nur Otan party to “Amanat.”

Amid Anti-Corruption Drive, Tokayev Faces Questions About Offshore Wealth
February 25, 2022

Amid Anti-Corruption Drive, Tokayev Faces Questions About Offshore Wealth

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan's President Tokayev is vocal against corruption, but faces tough questions after new leaks.

Veteran Opposition Figure Resurfaces in Kazakhstan
February 18, 2022

Veteran Opposition Figure Resurfaces in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Could Bulat Abilov re-enter politics?

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.

Kazakh President Takes Aim at Wealthy Elite
January 27, 2022

Kazakh President Takes Aim at Wealthy Elite

By Catherine Putz
In asking Kazakhstan's rich to "pay their dues" Tokayev is addressing an aspect of public anger, but also might just be securing himself in power.

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.

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.
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.

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