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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’s Wrong With State Capitalism in Kazakhstan?
November 08, 2022

What’s Wrong With State Capitalism in Kazakhstan?

By Rakhimbek Abdrakhmanov
If Kazakhstan wants long-term economic growth, it needs economic and political constraints and counterweights.
Kazakh Opposition Politician Zhanbolat Mamai Released to House Arrest
November 02, 2022

Kazakh Opposition Politician Zhanbolat Mamai Released to House Arrest

By Catherine Putz
After eight months in jail, and mounting pressure, the charges against Mamai were recently reclassified and he's been released to house arrest.

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.

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.”

Is There a New Kazakhstan?
July 01, 2022

Is There a New Kazakhstan?

By Bruce Pannier
Not yet, despite the president’s repeated assertions otherwise.

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.
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.”

Kazakhstan on the Edge
June 01, 2020

Kazakhstan on the Edge

By Aigerim Toleukhanova
In 2019, Kazakhstan was catapulted into political transition. 2020 has yielded its own shocking changes.

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