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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.
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."

Kazakh President Signs Controversial Law Aiming to Control Social Media Companies
May 04, 2022

Kazakh President Signs Controversial Law Aiming to Control Social Media Companies

By Catherine Putz
The new law may pave the way for Kazakh authorities to influence the decisions of social media networks regarding content.

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.”

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.

Kazakhstan: Local Politics and the Chaos in Almaty
January 14, 2022

Kazakhstan: Local Politics and the Chaos in Almaty

By Colleen Wood
Resolving discontent with Almaty’s local government will be an important step in Kazakhstan’s broader political reform efforts.

Unprecedented Protests Rock Kazakhstan as Government Clings to Familiar Script
January 05, 2022

Unprecedented Protests Rock Kazakhstan as Government Clings to Familiar Script

By Catherine Putz
In a January 5 televised address, Kazakhstan's president followed a familiar script: blame the unrest on a conspiracy.

Kazakh Activists’ Phones Infected With Pegasus Spyware
December 10, 2021

Kazakh Activists’ Phones Infected With Pegasus Spyware

By Catherine Putz
According to Amnesty International, the phones of four Kazakh activists were confirmed to have been infected with the Pegasus spyware. There are likely more.
Nazarbayev to Step Down From Nur Otan Party Leadership
December 02, 2021

Nazarbayev to Step Down From Nur Otan Party Leadership

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan's protracted political transition is moving steadily along.

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