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Prominent Karakalpak Activists Aqylbek Muratbai Facing Extradition From Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan

Prominent Karakalpak Activists Aqylbek Muratbai Facing Extradition From Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Muratbai has been a vital voice in calling attention to Uzbekistan's persecution of the Karakalpak people. His detention in Kazakhstan is yet another warning shot.

Climate Change Is Fueling the Disappearance of the Aral Sea

Climate Change Is Fueling the Disappearance of the Aral Sea

By Victoria Milko
It's taking residents' livelihoods, too
Can Kazakhstan Stay the Course on Economic Reform?

Can Kazakhstan Stay the Course on Economic Reform?

By Bryn Windsor
As Astana moves from crisis management to long-term planning mode, the challenge will be whether the government can stick to its economic reform plans. 

Kazakhstan Appoints a New Government

Kazakhstan Appoints a New Government

By Paolo Sorbello
It’s a timid reshuffling that is unlikely to shake things up.

Kazakhstan’s Government Under Fire for Sloppy Earthquake Response

Kazakhstan’s Government Under Fire for Sloppy Earthquake Response

By Paolo Sorbello
The emergency response system did not work properly, top officials said.

Nietbay Urazbayev, Karakalpak Diaspora Leader, Dies in Kazakhstan

Nietbay Urazbayev, Karakalpak Diaspora Leader, Dies in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
“One of the best of our people has left -- and this further complicates relations between the Karakalpaks and the Uzbek authorities,” a fellow Karakalpak activist told The Diplomat.

The Tokayev Interview and Nazarbayev’s Long Shadow

The Tokayev Interview and Nazarbayev’s Long Shadow

By Catherine Putz
Kazakh President Tokayev says he “openly told Nursultan Abishuly Nazarbayev that the political arrogance of his close associates almost destroyed the country.” 
Huawei’s Growing Presence in Central Asia’s Telecom Industry

Huawei’s Growing Presence in Central Asia’s Telecom Industry

By Berikbol Dukeyev, Dilfuza Mirzakhmedova, and Madina Tursonova
In both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Huawei has positioned itself as a major player in the telecommunications market.

CSTO Issues Belated Declaration After Minsk Summit

CSTO Issues Belated Declaration After Minsk Summit

By Catherine Putz
The foreign ministers of the CSTO, of which Russia is a member, without apparent irony put out a statement that says “no state should ensure its security at the expense of the security of other states.”

Wind in the Sails of Renewables in Kazakhstan

Wind in the Sails of Renewables in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Astana signs yet another wind farm deal, this time with COP28 host UAE’s Masdar for the development of a 1 gigawatt wind power project.

Kazakhstan’s Yurts of Peace: Citizen Diplomacy in the Making

Kazakhstan’s Yurts of Peace: Citizen Diplomacy in the Making

By Zhaniya Bekshora
Kazakh citizen diplomacy can be viewed as a tool for cultivating humanism and demonstrating solidarity, as well as an important foreign policy instrument.
Long Prison Term for Aspirational Kazakh Opposition Leader

Long Prison Term for Aspirational Kazakh Opposition Leader

By Catherine Putz
Nurzhan Altaev was given a 10-year sentence earlier this month, and another opposition leader, Marat Zhylanbaev, is expected to see a similar sentence soon.

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