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Kazakhstan's Small Lenders Suffer Financial Crunch
May 11, 2018
Kazakhstan's Small Lenders Suffer Financial Crunch
Strongly criticized by the president, some small banks in Kazakhstan are asking for help from the state to withstand a liquidity crisis.
Kazakhstan's Small Lenders Suffer Financial Crunch
Kazakhstan's Energy Company Continues to Borrow to Survive
April 30, 2018
Kazakhstan's Energy Company Continues to Borrow to Survive
A recent Eurobond issue piles up on Kazmunaigas' debt, signaling just how dependent Kazakhstan's oil and gas giant is on borrowed capital.
Kazakhstan's Energy Company Continues to Borrow to Survive
From Bad to Worse: Press Freedom in Eurasia Continues to Decline
April 26, 2018
From Bad to Worse: Press Freedom in Eurasia Continues to Decline
Uzbekistan is the only Central Asian country to see improvement, but it's still near the bottom of the rankings.
From Bad to Worse: Press Freedom in Eurasia Continues to Decline
Kazakhstan's Elderly Opposition Tries Something New
April 18, 2018
Kazakhstan's Elderly Opposition Tries Something New
Behind the mecenatismo of a former prime minister, Kazakhstan’s opposition figures find a new platform in Brussels.
Kazakhstan's Elderly Opposition Tries Something New
Central Asia's Democratic Backslide Continues, Except for Uzbekistan
April 11, 2018
Central Asia's Democratic Backslide Continues, Except for Uzbekistan
Three states in Central Asia marked declines in the 2018 Nations in Transit report; but Uzbekistan logged its first improvement since 2005.
Central Asia's Democratic Backslide Continues, Except for Uzbekistan
Kazakh Authorities Target Media Outlets in Former Minister's Libel Suit
April 06, 2018
Kazakh Authorities Target Media Outlets in Former Minister's Libel Suit
Crying libel and defamation to hit back at critical reporting is not new to Kazakhstan.
Kazakh Authorities Target Media Outlets in Former Minister's Libel Suit
The Rise of Regionalism in Central Asia?
April 02, 2018
The Rise of Regionalism in Central Asia?
Despite shared history, Central Asia has long lacked regional cohesion. That could be changing.
The Rise of Regionalism in Central Asia?
Ablyazov's Balloons: Kazakh Opposition Co-opts the Color Blue
March 27, 2018
Ablyazov's Balloons: Kazakh Opposition Co-opts the Color Blue
International fugitive and Kazakh opposition star Mukhtar Ablyazov urged supporters to carry blue balloons during the Nowruz holiday.
Ablyazov's Balloons: Kazakh Opposition Co-opts the Color Blue
Kazakhstan’s Financial Restructuring Continues Despite Failed Mergers
March 22, 2018
Kazakhstan’s Financial Restructuring Continues Despite Failed Mergers
After two expected mergers failed, Kazakhstan's banking sector remains profoundly unbalanced, with the Halyk-Qazkom tandem as a hegemon.
Kazakhstan’s Financial Restructuring Continues Despite Failed Mergers
Kyrgyzstan Out, Central Asia In: Parsing CENTCOM’s 2018 Posture Statement
March 17, 2018
Kyrgyzstan Out, Central Asia In: Parsing CENTCOM’s 2018 Posture Statement
With a new South Asia strategy guiding operations, how does Central Asia figure into CENTCOM’s activities?
Kyrgyzstan Out, Central Asia In: Parsing CENTCOM’s 2018 Posture Statement
Former Kazakh Economy Minister Sentenced to 10 Years on Corruption Charges
March 15, 2018
Former Kazakh Economy Minister Sentenced to 10 Years on Corruption Charges
Kuandyk Bishimbayev, a young rising political star, faced a rapid downfall after being accused of embezzlement.
Former Kazakh Economy Minister Sentenced to 10 Years on Corruption Charges
All Together Now: Central Asia's Leaders Set to Meet in Astana
March 13, 2018
All Together Now: Central Asia's Leaders Set to Meet in Astana
Central Asia's presidents -- minus one -- will gather in Astana March 15-16 to discuss regional issues.
All Together Now: Central Asia's Leaders Set to Meet in Astana
Keeping an Eye on Uzbek President's Tajikistan Visit
March 10, 2018
Keeping an Eye on Uzbek President's Tajikistan Visit
Recommended reading: Tajikistan's crusade, abetted by Turkey; some nuance on the Belt and Road and a focus on Uzbek tourism.
Keeping an Eye on Uzbek President's Tajikistan Visit
Uzbekistan Pushes for Bond Debut Before Privatization
February 24, 2018
Uzbekistan Pushes for Bond Debut Before Privatization
Uzbekistan is preparing coupons for up to $300 million to reap the benefits of the investors' widespread hunger for high yields.
Uzbekistan Pushes for Bond Debut Before Privatization
The Ablyazov Affair: ‘Fraud on an Epic Scale’
February 23, 2018
The Ablyazov Affair: ‘Fraud on an Epic Scale’
New rounds of litigation add to the opaque case of fugitive ex-Kazakh minister Mukhtar Ablyazov.
The Ablyazov Affair: ‘Fraud on an Epic Scale’
China to Europe By Way of Azerbaijan’s Trans-Caspian Gateway
February 16, 2018
China to Europe By Way of Azerbaijan’s Trans-Caspian Gateway
The Trans-Caspian International Transit Route is set to reinvigorate regional economic growth.
China to Europe By Way of Azerbaijan’s Trans-Caspian Gateway
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