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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.

Kazakhstan’s President Tokayev Calls for the Return of Assets
November 28, 2022

Kazakhstan’s President Tokayev Calls for the Return of Assets

By Paolo Sorbello
Will the government target all assets spirited abroad or only those owned by specific individuals? 
Where Is the ‘New’ Kazakhstan, President Tokayev?
November 28, 2022

Where Is the ‘New’ Kazakhstan, President Tokayev?

By Alva Omarova
In March, Tokayev promised a “New Kazakhstan” but there was nothing new in the recent uncompetitive presidential election.

Kazakh History Textbooks Teach Indifference Toward the Next-of-kin in Chinese Xinjiang
November 23, 2022

Kazakh History Textbooks Teach Indifference Toward the Next-of-kin in Chinese Xinjiang

By Berikbol Dukeyev
The Kazakh public generally remains silent about the plight of ethnic Kazakh detainees held in Xinjiang. The education system is one reason why.

Kazakhstan’s Multi-vector Diplomacy Shines Amid Conflict
November 22, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Multi-vector Diplomacy Shines Amid Conflict

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
In recent months, Astana has hosted top leaders and diplomats from China, Russia, Europe, and the United States, underscoring its balanced approach to diplomacy. 

Tokayev Secures Presidency in Old Kazakhstan-Style Early Election
November 21, 2022

Tokayev Secures Presidency in Old Kazakhstan-Style Early Election

By Catherine Putz
In “New Kazakhstan,” an typical old Kazakhstan-style election grants Tokayev power through 2029.

What to Expect from Tokayev’s Second Term
November 13, 2022

What to Expect from Tokayev’s Second Term

By Benjamin Godwin
As certain as his re-election may be, Kazakhstan's leader faces a pressing array of domestic and international challenges.
US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative
November 09, 2022

US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative

By Catherine Putz
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu's trip to Central Asia seeks to “reinforce the United States’ commitment to each country’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity."

What’s Wrong With State Capitalism in Kazakhstan?
November 08, 2022

What’s Wrong With State Capitalism in Kazakhstan?

By Rakhimbek Abdrakhmanov
If Kazakhstan wants long-term economic growth, it needs economic and political constraints and counterweights.

Kazakh Opposition Politician Zhanbolat Mamai Released to House Arrest
November 02, 2022

Kazakh Opposition Politician Zhanbolat Mamai Released to House Arrest

By Catherine Putz
After eight months in jail, and mounting pressure, the charges against Mamai were recently reclassified and he's been released to house arrest.

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.
Kazakhstan’s Former Health Minister Accuses ‘Medical Mafia’ of Meddling
October 27, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Former Health Minister Accuses ‘Medical Mafia’ of Meddling

By Paolo Sorbello
The trial of the former health minister could shed light on the direction of “New Kazakhstan.” 

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