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Kazakhstan Remains Nazarbayev’s State
October 29, 2019

Kazakhstan Remains Nazarbayev’s State

By Catherine Putz
If it walks like a president, talks like a president, and has powers on par with a president...

At the UN and at Home, Tokayev Represents Continuity
October 04, 2019

At the UN and at Home, Tokayev Represents Continuity

By Ian J. Lynch
Tokayev spoke at the UN of the need for a “profound political transformation” in Kazakhstan. But to date, his leadership has represented continuity.
On Track to a Kazakh Spring?
July 01, 2019

On Track to a Kazakh Spring?

By Marlene Laruelle
A political transition has opened new space for expressing discontent, especially among young Kazakhs.

Kazakhstan Turns a Blind Eye to the Opposition Riddle
June 13, 2019

Kazakhstan Turns a Blind Eye to the Opposition Riddle

By Paolo Sorbello
The government’s reaction to election protests obfuscates the diverse nature of civic activism in Kazakhstan.

New Civic Movement Urges Kazakhstan to ‘Wake Up’
June 07, 2019

New Civic Movement Urges Kazakhstan to ‘Wake Up’

By Colleen Wood
Days before presidential elections, a new movement in Kazakhstan calls on citizens to wake up and demand more say in government.

Continuity and Change: Kazakhstan Hurtles Toward Election Day
June 06, 2019

Continuity and Change: Kazakhstan Hurtles Toward Election Day

By Catherine Putz
On June 9, Kazakhstan will elect its first non-Nazarbayev president.

What Is Nazarbayev’s Legacy in Kazakhstan?
June 05, 2019

What Is Nazarbayev’s Legacy in Kazakhstan?

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan’s first president resigned, but he remains fundamentally intertwined with the state.
Nargis Kassenova on Kazakhstan in Transition
June 01, 2019

Nargis Kassenova on Kazakhstan in Transition

By Catherine Putz
As Kazakhstan undergoes its first power transition, the awakening of public politics is inevitable.

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: A Tale of Blocking and Unblocking
May 13, 2019

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: A Tale of Blocking and Unblocking

By Catherine Putz
While Kazakhstan may have a more vibrant media space than Uzbekistan, the trends in each country are moving in opposite directions.

Protests in Kazakhstan Demonstrate Democratic Dismay
May 03, 2019

Protests in Kazakhstan Demonstrate Democratic Dismay

By Catherine Putz
The protest mood looks likely to grow as Kazakhstan approaches snap presidential elections.

Kazakhstan’s Xinjiang Dilemma
May 01, 2019

Kazakhstan’s Xinjiang Dilemma

By Nazira Kozhanova
China’s crackdown on Muslims in its far west has become a domestic issue for the Kazakh government.
Kazakhstan’s Potemkin Presidential Contenders
April 30, 2019

Kazakhstan’s Potemkin Presidential Contenders

By Catherine Putz
A handful of people will technically run for the Kazakh presidency, but are they just “puppets” in a play?

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