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As the Eurasian Union looks east, its deals do not benefit all members equally The EAEU is shopping for partners in Asia. Middle finger to the West or sound trade policy?

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 The EAEU is shopping for partners in Asia. Middle finger to the West or sound trade policy?

Growth of popular unrest in Kazakhstan ‘met by throttling of internet freedom'

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One of the more remarkable occurrences in Central Asian politics this year was the sight of thousands of Kazakhs taking to the streets to protest at the shoo-in, far from democratic election of longtime president Nursultan Nazarbayev’s handpicked successor Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev in early June.

Kazakh president orders investigation into China-linked transport project

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Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Tuesday ordered an investigation into former senior officials who initiated a struggling $1.5 billion Chinese-led project to build a light rail network in the capital.

Is China’s Belt And Road Initiative Strategic Genius, Arrogant Overreach Or Something Else?

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The Belt and Road Initiative is China’s bold and risky response to internal tensions and external pressure, but it is not backed by an inspiring idea.

How China is redrawing the map of world science

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The Belt and Road Initiative, China’s mega-plan for global infrastructure, will transform the lives and work of tens of thousands of researchers.

One Part of the World Fears China’s Growing Power

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 Beijing's money comes with strings attached.

Kazakhs, foreign investors puzzled by power-sharing leaders

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The new Kazakh president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, flies a modest Airbus A321 jet. His predecessor and patron Nursultan Nazarbayev moves around on a much bigger wide-body Airbus A330-200.

Kazakhstan: Nur-Sultan goes off the rails

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The capital city is in desperate need of a congestion-busting solution. City hall in the capital of Kazakhstan has announced that a project to build a congestion-busting light railway transit system has been put on hold for the foreseeable future.

The Rise of Regionalism in Central Asia?

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Despite shared history, Central Asia has long lacked regional cohesion. That could be changing.

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles: Central Asia Is Reconnecting With Itself

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Mapping newly created, resurrected, and proposed transport routes across Central Asia provides insight into regional connectivity drives.

Central Asian Economies: Thirty Years After Dissolution of the Soviet Union

Central Asian Economies: Thirty Years After Dissolution of the Soviet Union

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Europe’s weak protections for refugees leave Central Asian dissidents at extreme risk

Europe’s weak protections for refugees leave Central Asian dissidents at extreme risk

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Analysis: Central Asian countries need to remain focused on reforms despite new security threats

Analysis: Central Asian countries need to remain focused on reforms despite new security threats

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