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Tokayev Downplays January CSTO Deployment to Kazakhstan
June 15, 2022

Tokayev Downplays January CSTO Deployment to Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
In a recent interview, the Kazakh president again pushed back against those in Russia who say Moscow "saved" Kazakhstan in January.

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.
Kazakhstan Leaves ‘Elbasy’ Behind, Approves Constitutional Referendum
June 06, 2022

Kazakhstan Leaves ‘Elbasy’ Behind, Approves Constitutional Referendum

By Catherine Putz
With 77 percent voting to approve constitutional changes that nix the "leader of the nation," Nazarbayev's star has truly faded in Kazakhstan.

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Implications for Kazakhstan’s Energy Sector
May 27, 2022

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Implications for Kazakhstan’s Energy Sector

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
If Kazakhstan’s multi-vector foreign -- and energy -- policies are to be successful, Tokayev will need to shrewdly balance the country’s partners.  

Can the Eurasian Economic Union Survive Putin?
May 26, 2022

Can the Eurasian Economic Union Survive Putin?

By Catherine Putz
If the EAEU is simply an economic project, the current circumstances will strain its relevance as members suffer the consequences of close ties to the Russian economy.

The Richest Get Richer in Kazakhstan
May 13, 2022

The Richest Get Richer in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
According to Forbes.kz, Kazakhstan’s top-three wealthiest amassed an additional $2.5 billion in one year.

The Trans-Caspian Corridor: Kazakhstan’s Silk Road?
May 12, 2022

The Trans-Caspian Corridor: Kazakhstan’s Silk Road?

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez and Kamila Auyezova
Kazakhstan and the Caucasus nations are looking at the Trans-Caspian transportation corridor with renewed vigor given the war in Ukraine.
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."

Public Opinion on China Waning in Central Asia
May 05, 2022

Public Opinion on China Waning in Central Asia

By Elizabeth Woods and Thomas Baker
Even as China’s economic influence expands, a credibility gap looms in Central Asia.

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.

‘Look at Ukraine’: Russian Commentator Threatens Kazakhstan
April 28, 2022

‘Look at Ukraine’: Russian Commentator Threatens Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan is, indeed, looking at Ukraine carefully and thinking seriously. 
Bad Business Climate in Russia a Boon for Kazakhstan
April 27, 2022

Bad Business Climate in Russia a Boon for Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan stands to benefit as Russian companies look to move out of Russia in order to trade globally again.

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