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Kazakhstan’s Light Rail Corruption Case Drags on
October 16, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Light Rail Corruption Case Drags on

By Paolo Sorbello
The capital’s light rail might never be built, and the corrupt officials that stole public funds might never be convicted.

Nuclear Energy in Kazakhstan? The Problem of Accountability
October 01, 2021

Nuclear Energy in Kazakhstan? The Problem of Accountability

By Nazira Kozhanova
In Kazakhstan, the topic of nuclear energy comes wrapped in the legacy of the Semipalatinsk, the Soviet nuclear testing site.
Open Secrets: Expose Reveals a Kazakh Top Manager’s Business Network
September 27, 2021

Open Secrets: Expose Reveals a Kazakh Top Manager’s Business Network

By Paolo Sorbello
Public domain research by Radio Azattyq showed the extent of Kairat Sharipbayev’s private interests.

Can ‘Good’ Economics Coexist with ‘Bad’ Politics?
September 23, 2021

Can ‘Good’ Economics Coexist with ‘Bad’ Politics?

By Simon Commander
Across the former Soviet Union, improved rankings for selective governance indicators tend to give a misleading view of governments' ability to reform themselves.

Kazakhstan’s Cryptocurrency Mining Grows Despite Emissions Worries
September 15, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Cryptocurrency Mining Grows Despite Emissions Worries

By Paolo Sorbello
The increased energy demand could be met by a long-awaited nuclear power plant. 

UN Mission to Afghanistan Relocates to Kazakhstan
September 11, 2021

UN Mission to Afghanistan Relocates to Kazakhstan

By Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
As the world adapts to a “new” Afghanistan, there is much work to be done to help Afghans in need. From its temporary base in Almaty, UNAMA will continue to work toward this goal.

Inflation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Fuels Labor Unrest in Kazakhstan
August 31, 2021

Inflation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Fuels Labor Unrest in Kazakhstan

By Elvira Kalmurzaeva
In the first half of 2021, there were more strikes in Kazakhstan than in the entire 2018 to 2020 period.
SOS Taldykol: Art and Activism in in Kazakhstan
August 31, 2021

SOS Taldykol: Art and Activism in in Kazakhstan

By Colleen Wood
Activists in Nur-Sultan are working to protect a reservoir from destruction, but can they be successful?

Why Haven’t Kazakh Xinjiang Protests Gained Traction?
August 18, 2021

Why Haven’t Kazakh Xinjiang Protests Gained Traction?

By Dariga Sanayeva
The plight of Kazakhs detained in Xinjiang’s “re-education” camps has not gained widespread public support among ethnic Kazakhs in Kazakhstan.

3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?
August 12, 2021

3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?

By Filippo Costa Buranelli
Presidential meetings in Central Asia are often dismissed for a lack of concrete results and for their exclusively ceremonial character. But there are good reasons to take the latest meeting seriously.

Afghanistan and Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment
August 10, 2021

Afghanistan and Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment

By Moez Hayat
The Central Asian republics can learn from the experience of Southeast Asia and use the crisis in Afghanistan to spur forward regional cooperation at a time of great power competition. 
Central Asian Leaders Set to Meet in Turkmenistan for Third Consultative Meeting
August 05, 2021

Central Asian Leaders Set to Meet in Turkmenistan for Third Consultative Meeting

By Catherine Putz
Following summits in 2018 and 2019, the 2021 meeting comes amid a great number of regional difficulties and concerns.

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