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The Unraveling of Kazakhstan’s Social Contract
January 01, 2023

The Unraveling of Kazakhstan’s Social Contract

By Assel Tutumlu
The time has come to re-evaluate Kazakhstan’s social contract. Is President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev up to the challenge?

Kazakhstan’s Parliament Aims to Take Away Nazarbayev’s Privileges
December 28, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Parliament Aims to Take Away Nazarbayev’s Privileges

By Paolo Sorbello
De-Nazarbayevification moves further onward with plans to scrap the law “On the First President” 
Infrastructure Failure Tests Kazakhstan’s Government
December 14, 2022

Infrastructure Failure Tests Kazakhstan’s Government

By Paolo Sorbello
Tokayev threatens to fire the ministers that fail to reach substantial progress in remedying the heating crisis.

Kazakhstan’s President Tokayev Calls for the Return of Assets
November 28, 2022

Kazakhstan’s President Tokayev Calls for the Return of Assets

By Paolo Sorbello
Will the government target all assets spirited abroad or only those owned by specific individuals? 

Where Is the ‘New’ Kazakhstan, President Tokayev?
November 28, 2022

Where Is the ‘New’ Kazakhstan, President Tokayev?

By Alva Omarova
In March, Tokayev promised a “New Kazakhstan” but there was nothing new in the recent uncompetitive presidential election.

Tokayev Secures Presidency in Old Kazakhstan-Style Early Election
November 21, 2022

Tokayev Secures Presidency in Old Kazakhstan-Style Early Election

By Catherine Putz
In “New Kazakhstan,” an typical old Kazakhstan-style election grants Tokayev power through 2029.

What to Expect from Tokayev’s Second Term
November 13, 2022

What to Expect from Tokayev’s Second Term

By Benjamin Godwin
As certain as his re-election may be, Kazakhstan's leader faces a pressing array of domestic and international challenges.
Nurseit Niyazbekov on Kazakhstan’s Tumultuous 2022
October 18, 2022

Nurseit Niyazbekov on Kazakhstan’s Tumultuous 2022

By Catherine Putz
It’s been a challenging year for Kazakhstan: Domestic unrest, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a constitutional referendum, and now a snap presidential election.

Kazakhstan Headed for Election Lacking Competition 
October 06, 2022

Kazakhstan Headed for Election Lacking Competition 

By Catherine Putz
As usual, there will be multiple names on the ballot come November 20 but only one real choice.

Kazakh President Urges Calm and Care for Russians Fleeing Mobilization
September 27, 2022

Kazakh President Urges Calm and Care for Russians Fleeing Mobilization

By Catherine Putz
“We must take care of them and ensure their safety. This is a political and humanitarian issue,” Kazakh President Tokayev said of the influx of Russians.

Kazakhstan Continues to Break Ranks With Russia
September 23, 2022

Kazakhstan Continues to Break Ranks With Russia

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
The not-so-subtle criticism of the Russian government regarding Ukraine in Kazakh President Tokayev’s UNGA speech should not be overlooked.
Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms
September 14, 2022

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan is to introduce a single seven-year presidential term and revert the capital’s name to “Astana.”

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