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At the UN and at Home, Tokayev Represents Continuity
October 04, 2019

At the UN and at Home, Tokayev Represents Continuity

By Ian J. Lynch
Tokayev spoke at the UN of the need for a “profound political transformation” in Kazakhstan. But to date, his leadership has represented continuity.

On Track to a Kazakh Spring?
July 01, 2019

On Track to a Kazakh Spring?

By Marlene Laruelle
A political transition has opened new space for expressing discontent, especially among young Kazakhs.
Continuity and Change: Kazakhstan Hurtles Toward Election Day
June 06, 2019

Continuity and Change: Kazakhstan Hurtles Toward Election Day

By Catherine Putz
On June 9, Kazakhstan will elect its first non-Nazarbayev president.

What Is Nazarbayev’s Legacy in Kazakhstan?
June 05, 2019

What Is Nazarbayev’s Legacy in Kazakhstan?

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan’s first president resigned, but he remains fundamentally intertwined with the state.

Nargis Kassenova on Kazakhstan in Transition
June 01, 2019

Nargis Kassenova on Kazakhstan in Transition

By Catherine Putz
As Kazakhstan undergoes its first power transition, the awakening of public politics is inevitable.

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: A Tale of Blocking and Unblocking
May 13, 2019

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: A Tale of Blocking and Unblocking

By Catherine Putz
While Kazakhstan may have a more vibrant media space than Uzbekistan, the trends in each country are moving in opposite directions.

Protests in Kazakhstan Demonstrate Democratic Dismay
May 03, 2019

Protests in Kazakhstan Demonstrate Democratic Dismay

By Catherine Putz
The protest mood looks likely to grow as Kazakhstan approaches snap presidential elections.
Kazakhstan’s Potemkin Presidential Contenders
April 30, 2019

Kazakhstan’s Potemkin Presidential Contenders

By Catherine Putz
A handful of people will technically run for the Kazakh presidency, but are they just “puppets” in a play?

Snap Presidential Elections Called in Kazakhstan. But Why?
April 09, 2019

Snap Presidential Elections Called in Kazakhstan. But Why?

By Catherine Putz
One really has to wonder what the point of all this political theater has been?

Political Profile: The Rise of Dariga Nazarbayeva in Kazakhstan
April 09, 2019

Political Profile: The Rise of Dariga Nazarbayeva in Kazakhstan

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from George Voloshin.

Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank Targets Felix Sater in Lawsuit
March 27, 2019

Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank Targets Felix Sater in Lawsuit

By Michael R. Sisak
The lawsuit alleges that Sater plotted to use Trump-branded skyscrapers to launder money allegedly stolen from a Kazakhstan bank.
Bruce Pannier on Change in Central Asia
March 26, 2019

Bruce Pannier on Change in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
In 1990, Bruce Pannier first went to Central Asia -- what was it like and what’s changed since then?

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