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Nurseit Niyazbekov on Kazakhstan’s Tumultuous 2022
October 18, 2022

Nurseit Niyazbekov on Kazakhstan’s Tumultuous 2022

By Catherine Putz
It’s been a challenging year for Kazakhstan: Domestic unrest, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a constitutional referendum, and now a snap presidential election.

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 
September 15, 2022

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 

By Paolo Sorbello
Jusan Bank, linked to the country’s former president, will divest from Kcell. 
Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms
September 14, 2022

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan is to introduce a single seven-year presidential term and revert the capital’s name to “Astana.”

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.

Tokayev Outlines ‘New Kazakhstan’ in State of the Nation Address
March 16, 2022

Tokayev Outlines ‘New Kazakhstan’ in State of the Nation Address

By Catherine Putz
In a recent speech, Kazakh President Tokayev laid out the government’s understanding of the January events and proposed a litany of reforms to achieve a “New Kazakhstan.”

Veteran Opposition Figure Resurfaces in Kazakhstan
February 18, 2022

Veteran Opposition Figure Resurfaces in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Could Bulat Abilov re-enter politics?

Mixed Feelings as Kazakhstan Looks Back on a Bloody January
January 31, 2022

Mixed Feelings as Kazakhstan Looks Back on a Bloody January

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
“They fight among themselves for power, and ordinary people suffer.”
Tokayev Urges Balancing of Nazarbayev’s Shortcomings and Merits
January 28, 2022

Tokayev Urges Balancing of Nazarbayev’s Shortcomings and Merits

By Catherine Putz
“Let us pay tribute to the historical merits of the first president… and leave possible miscalculations as a warning to the future leaders of our country," Tokayev said.

Nazarbayev Resurfaces, Dismisses Talk of Elite Conflict in Kazakhstan
January 18, 2022

Nazarbayev Resurfaces, Dismisses Talk of Elite Conflict in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
The statement from the First President came just after evidence of elite conflict began surfacing in earnest, with suggestions of a purge of Nazarbayev elites.

Causes and Consequences of Kazakhstan’s January 2022 Unrest
January 11, 2022

Causes and Consequences of Kazakhstan’s January 2022 Unrest

By Ankit Panda, Catherine Putz, and Ankit Panda
Protests over gas prices have quickly spiraled into nationwide unrest, resulting in the first-ever intervention by the CSTO in one of its member states.

Kazakhstan’s Leadership Shows Internal Cracks in Attempts to Restore Public Safety
January 07, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Leadership Shows Internal Cracks in Attempts to Restore Public Safety

By Paolo Sorbello
As CSTO troops start their operations in Almaty, the president seems to be losing authority.
Unprecedented Protests Rock Kazakhstan as Government Clings to Familiar Script
January 05, 2022

Unprecedented Protests Rock Kazakhstan as Government Clings to Familiar Script

By Catherine Putz
In a January 5 televised address, Kazakhstan's president followed a familiar script: blame the unrest on a conspiracy.

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