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The Fall From Grace of One of Kazakhstan’s Gray Cardinals 
August 30, 2022

The Fall From Grace of One of Kazakhstan’s Gray Cardinals 

By Paolo Sorbello
Former Majilis speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin seems to have lost power. 

The Jobless of Zhanaozen Are Still Demanding Justice in Kazakhstan
March 31, 2022

The Jobless of Zhanaozen Are Still Demanding Justice in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello and Almas Kaisar
Worker disputes and demands for fair employment policies have continued since the violence of 2011. 
Kazakh-Russian Relations in the Context of the War in Ukraine
March 07, 2022

Kazakh-Russian Relations in the Context of the War in Ukraine

By Aliya Askar
Does Kazakhstan owe Russia a “debt” for Moscow’s help in January? And what should we make of Kazakhstan’s neutral position on the unfolding conflict in Ukraine?

New Strikes and Protests in Kazakhstan
February 08, 2022

New Strikes and Protests in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Though smaller in scale, ongoing protests highlight the economic inequality that lies at the center of Kazakh discontent.

Killings and Arbitrary Arrests: Sorting Through Kazakhstan’s January Violence
February 04, 2022

Killings and Arbitrary Arrests: Sorting Through Kazakhstan’s January Violence

By Catherine Putz
Officially, 227 people were killed in “Bloody January” and nearly 1,000 remain in detention. But what really happened?

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.”

Little Blue Helmets in Kazakhstan 
January 19, 2022

Little Blue Helmets in Kazakhstan 

By Matt Cavanaugh and Jahara Matisek
A blue line was crossed; the international community must respond.
Nazarbayev Resurfaces, Dismisses Talk of Elite Conflict in Kazakhstan
January 18, 2022

Nazarbayev Resurfaces, Dismisses Talk of Elite Conflict in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
The statement from the First President came just after evidence of elite conflict began surfacing in earnest, with suggestions of a purge of Nazarbayev elites.

Uzbekistan Reacts to the Crisis in Kazakhstan
January 18, 2022

Uzbekistan Reacts to the Crisis in Kazakhstan

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent reiterated its anti-CSTO sentiments and says it can independently control domestic issues if needed. 

A War of Words: Kazakhstan, Terrorists, and Protesters
January 12, 2022

A War of Words: Kazakhstan, Terrorists, and Protesters

By Catherine Putz
In a statement, several U.N. special rapporteurs condemned Kazakhstan’s broad use of the term “terrorism.”

Kazakhstan’s New Cabinet Features Many of the Same Ministers
January 12, 2022

Kazakhstan’s New Cabinet Features Many of the Same Ministers

By Paolo Sorbello
There was no radical change in the composition of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s team.
Curious Case of the Kyrgyz Jazzman Detained in Kazakhstan
January 11, 2022

Curious Case of the Kyrgyz Jazzman Detained in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
The bizarre story illustrates a wider set of concerns as the Kazakh government claims to have arrested nearly 8,000 people in the wake of a week of chaos in Kazakhstan. 

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