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Kazakhstan Turns a Blind Eye to the Opposition Riddle
June 13, 2019
Kazakhstan Turns a Blind Eye to the Opposition Riddle
The government’s reaction to election protests obfuscates the diverse nature of civic activism in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan Turns a Blind Eye to the Opposition Riddle
Snap Presidential Elections Called in Kazakhstan. But Why?
April 09, 2019
Snap Presidential Elections Called in Kazakhstan. But Why?
One really has to wonder what the point of all this political theater has been?
Snap Presidential Elections Called in Kazakhstan. But Why?
Did Kazakhstan's Elections Matter?
March 31, 2016
Did Kazakhstan's Elections Matter?
Why did Astana hold elections early and does it matter that the results were more of the same?
Did Kazakhstan's Elections Matter?
Understanding Kazakhstan’s Politics, Again
March 25, 2016
Understanding Kazakhstan’s Politics, Again
The people of Kazakhstan have made their preferences clear.
Understanding Kazakhstan’s Politics, Again
Western Whitewashing of Kazakhstan's Election
March 22, 2016
Western Whitewashing of Kazakhstan's Election
Not only was the recent election more of the same, but Astana seems to have roped the same experts into praising it.
Western Whitewashing of Kazakhstan's Election
Meet Kazakhstan's New Parliament, Same as the Old Parliament
March 21, 2016
Meet Kazakhstan's New Parliament, Same as the Old Parliament
Exit polls point to an overwhelming Nur Otan victory, not that anyone expected anything else.
Meet Kazakhstan's New Parliament, Same as the Old Parliament
Is Kazakhstan Holding the World’s Most Boring Election?
March 14, 2016
Is Kazakhstan Holding the World’s Most Boring Election?
In other words, the “low-key” election will do nothing to infuse Astana with new ideas or fresh blood.
Is Kazakhstan Holding the World’s Most Boring Election?
Kazakhstan’s Snap Elections: Watching the Watchers
February 04, 2016
Kazakhstan’s Snap Elections: Watching the Watchers
Not all election monitors were created equal.
Kazakhstan’s Snap Elections: Watching the Watchers
Why Kazakhstan Is Going to the Polls Early
February 02, 2016
Why Kazakhstan Is Going to the Polls Early
The country will hold parliamentary elections early to strengthen its resilience to the global economic crisis.
Why Kazakhstan Is Going to the Polls Early
Why Is Kazakhstan Holding Early Parliamentary Elections?
January 26, 2016
Why Is Kazakhstan Holding Early Parliamentary Elections?
The president’s party already has a supermajority, so why hold snap elections?
Why Is Kazakhstan Holding Early Parliamentary Elections?
Should We Stop Calling Kazakhstan an Autocracy?
September 03, 2015
Should We Stop Calling Kazakhstan an Autocracy?
Nazarbayev says we should take Central Asia's culture and history into account and quit calling him an autocrat.
Should We Stop Calling Kazakhstan an Autocracy?
Understanding Kazakhstan’s Politics
May 05, 2015
Understanding Kazakhstan’s Politics
Nazarbayev’s overwhelming victory notwithstanding, change is taking place in Kazakhstan.
Understanding Kazakhstan’s Politics
What Has Uzbekistan Worried?
May 02, 2015
What Has Uzbekistan Worried?
And other brief news updates from Central Asia
What Has Uzbekistan Worried?
No Surprises in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
April 27, 2015
No Surprises in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
Stability triumphs over reform, as Karimov and Nazarbayev retain power in Central Asia.
No Surprises in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
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