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Why So Much Attention on Russia’s Vague Proposal for a ‘Gas Union’ With Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan?
December 09, 2022

Why So Much Attention on Russia’s Vague Proposal for a ‘Gas Union’ With Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan?

By Catherine Putz
Central Asia might actually be interested in Russian gas, but please don’t call it a “union.”

Kazakhstan Walks Diplomatic Tightrope Between Russia and Europe
November 29, 2022

Kazakhstan Walks Diplomatic Tightrope Between Russia and Europe

By Catherine Putz
Back-to-back visits by Kazakh President Tokayev this week to Moscow and Paris underscore Astana’s unique position.
What’s Next for Russians Who Fled to Kazakhstan?
November 01, 2022

What’s Next for Russians Who Fled to Kazakhstan?

By Aliya Askar
In the early 1990s, ethnic Russians left Kazakhstan in droves. In 2022, that flow once again reversed as Russians fled into Central Asia.

New Military Doctrine Strengthens Kazakhstan’s Multi-vector Posture
October 25, 2022

New Military Doctrine Strengthens Kazakhstan’s Multi-vector Posture

By Gregory Gleason
The new version of Kazakhstan’s military doctrine signals that Astana intends to hold fast to the principles of national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Are Central Asians Being Conscripted by Russia to Fight in Ukraine?
October 04, 2022

Are Central Asians Being Conscripted by Russia to Fight in Ukraine?

By Catherine Putz
Moscow denies that Central Asians are being conscripted into the Russian military, but the risk is real.

Kazakh President Urges Calm and Care for Russians Fleeing Mobilization
September 27, 2022

Kazakh President Urges Calm and Care for Russians Fleeing Mobilization

By Catherine Putz
“We must take care of them and ensure their safety. This is a political and humanitarian issue,” Kazakh President Tokayev said of the influx of Russians.

Kazakhstan Continues to Break Ranks With Russia
September 23, 2022

Kazakhstan Continues to Break Ranks With Russia

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
The not-so-subtle criticism of the Russian government regarding Ukraine in Kazakh President Tokayev’s UNGA speech should not be overlooked.
Kazakhstan Suspends Arms Exports for a Year
August 30, 2022

Kazakhstan Suspends Arms Exports for a Year

By Catherine Putz
The decision was immediately framed in the press as related to the war in Ukraine, but we know very little about Kazakhstan’s arms exports.

A Reminder From Kazakhstan: ‘Separatist’ Comments Online Can Lead to Jail Time
August 05, 2022

A Reminder From Kazakhstan: ‘Separatist’ Comments Online Can Lead to Jail Time

By Catherine Putz
The timing of an August 3 briefing on a months-old separatism case in Petropavl was no coincidence.

Former Russian President Questions Kazakhstan’s Sovereignty 
August 05, 2022

Former Russian President Questions Kazakhstan’s Sovereignty 

By Paolo Sorbello
Medvedev has since deleted the social media post and blamed hackers.

Kazakhstan Oil Exporters Relieved as Russian Court Lifts Ban on Pipeline  
July 13, 2022

Kazakhstan Oil Exporters Relieved as Russian Court Lifts Ban on Pipeline  

By Paolo Sorbello
Most of Kazakhstan’s oil exports go through the Caspian Pipeline Consortium, which has been targeted by Russian courts. 
Pipeline Critical to Kazakh Oil Exports Ordered to Halt Operations by Russian Court
July 06, 2022

Pipeline Critical to Kazakh Oil Exports Ordered to Halt Operations by Russian Court

By Catherine Putz
The timing of the decision has naturally raised some eyebrows, but of greater consequence is the lack of diversification of export routes for Kazakh oil.

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