August 03, 2021

Economy

Virtually no progress in exploration of gas fields in Kazakhstan - President

Oil platform

 There is virtually no progress in the exploration and development of gas fields in Kazakhstan, including that on the assets in the Caspian Sea, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said.

'Assets don't fit new strategy': BP withdraws from talks on three Caspian blocks in Kazakhstan

Astana

Decision deals setback to ambitions of Kazakh state holding KazMunaiGaz in looking for foreign partners to grow offshore oil and gas production

Kazakh minister sees no upside for Western-led giant oil developments this year

Energy Minister Nurlan Nogayev

 Gloomy forecast comes despite billions of dollars invested by Western majors in the country in last 25 years

Kazakhstan-ASEAN Relations: Prospects for Greater Engagement

ASEAN

Kazakhstan’s central role in China’s BRI and membership in the EAEU present new opportunities for stronger relations between Kazakhstan and ASEAN.

Trump’s New Central Asia Strategy aims to be Realist, But it’s Unrealistic

C51 Meeting scaled

The State Department released its updated strategy for Central Asia last month, a relatively short document that is mostly taken up with reiterating traditional U.S. priorities in the region.

Demise of the Petrostates

Algerians protest against former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in power, in Algiers on Mar. 1, 2019. RYAD KRAMDI/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

The oil price crash is an existential threat to petrostates from Nigeria to Iran, where governments rely on oil wealth to stabilize power and pay off competing interests.

Russia’s Strategy in Central Asia: Inviting India to Balance China

Indian Ministry of External Affairs

 Russia’s invitation for India to link up with Eurasian Economic Union recalls the SCO expansion saga.

Feature: Caspian oil producers face growing investor skepticism

Caspian oil producers

Three decades after gaining independence, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan face a growing struggle convincing investors and markets of the potential for significant new oil opportunities in the Caspian region.

Tajikistan’s massive Rogun hydropower dam: a blessing or a curse?

bneGeneric Tajikistan Rogun damn power electricity renewables ariel view

Tajikistan spent all the proceeds from its first ever eurobond on the giant Rogun hydropower dam. It is still consuming a quarter of the budget each year.

Central Asia’s electricity network – underpowered and fragmented

CA CAPS 2008 power electricity map

Central Asia needs more 500kV loops in order to share power between the countries of the region.

Russia seeks to accelerate old Soviet state union

Russia seeks to accelerate old Soviet state union

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Kazakhstan: Crackdown on Government Critics

Kazakhstan: Crackdown on Government Critics

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Kazakhstan draws on current crises in designing national security strategy

Kazakhstan draws on current crises in designing national security strategy

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