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How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?
January 07, 2021

How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?

By Catherine Putz
The January 2021 World Bank Global Economic Prospects report is out, heralding a “subdued” recovery for the world. How fares Central Asia?
Kazakh President Chimes in on ‘Gift’ Controversy
January 06, 2021

Kazakh President Chimes in on ‘Gift’ Controversy

By Catherine Putz
A pair of Russian lawmakers last month said Kazakhstan’s territory was a “gift” from Russia, resurrecting an old offensive tune.

A Look Back at 2020 in Central Asia
December 29, 2020

A Look Back at 2020 in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
How did I do on my outlook for Central Asia 2020? (Spoiler: I didn't know there'd be a pandemic)

Looking Ahead to January 10: Elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
December 22, 2020

Looking Ahead to January 10: Elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

By Colleen Wood
Why bother analyzing elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan if we think we know the results?

Does It Matter That the New OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities Is From Kazakhstan?
December 16, 2020

Does It Matter That the New OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities Is From Kazakhstan?

By Ana-Maria Anghelescu
In early December a Kazakh diplomat secured a top position in the OSCE -- but does it matter?
Election Campaign Kicks Off Slow in Kazakhstan
December 15, 2020

Election Campaign Kicks Off Slow in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
After some initial commotion in the political environment, the parliamentary race folded back into a roll-call of loyalists. 

Third Central Asian Leaders’ Meeting Postponed to 2021: Why It Matters
December 14, 2020

Third Central Asian Leaders’ Meeting Postponed to 2021: Why It Matters

By Akram Umarov
Postponing what was supposed to become a regular forum for the leaders of Central Asia to gather together is not a good idea.
Tracing the Chinese Footprints in Kazakhstan’s Oil and Gas Industry
December 12, 2020

Tracing the Chinese Footprints in Kazakhstan’s Oil and Gas Industry

By Niva Yau
In Beijing’s pursuit of shifting its trade and energy dependencies from sea to land, Nur-Sultan is a necessary partner.

Kazakhstan Aims to Increase Participation in UN Peacekeeping Missions
December 08, 2020

Kazakhstan Aims to Increase Participation in UN Peacekeeping Missions

By Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
The additional troops won’t be deployed until 2022 and it's not clear where they will be stationed.

Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections: The Ablyazov Effect
December 03, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections: The Ablyazov Effect

By Catherine Putz
Mukhtar Ablyazov is kryptonite in Kazakh politics.

UN Working Group Finds Serikzhan Bilash’s Detention by Kazakhstan Arbitrary
November 26, 2020

UN Working Group Finds Serikzhan Bilash’s Detention by Kazakhstan Arbitrary

By Catherine Putz
Bilash headed a group advocating for greater attention to the ethnic Kazakhs detained in China’s camps in Xinjiang. It got him in trouble with the Kazakh government.
Banking Consolidation Continues in Kazakhstan
November 25, 2020

Banking Consolidation Continues in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
A bank close to Nazarbayev buys a competitor, while smaller lenders continue to fall. 

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