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Seizing Economic Opportunities in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

nazarbayev and mirziyoyevIf Astana and Tashkent can tackle long-term obstacles to growth, there’s great potential in the region.

Impatient dictators: how snap elections shore up authoritarianism in Eurasia

Screen Shot 2018 05 21 at 15.11.13Authoritarian states are using all-too familiar constitutional mechanisms to consolidate power.

On China’s New Silk Road, Democracy Pays A Toll

securityguardschChina's vast foreign investment program comes at a sharp cost to human rights and good governance

Kazakhstan's Small Lenders Suffer Financial Crunch

banknotekzStrongly criticized by the president, some small banks in Kazakhstan are asking for help from the state to withstand a liquidity crisis.

Fire and oil in western Kazakhstan's “spiritual renovation”

adaiataPost-independence Kazakhstan has seen a revival in Kazakh genealogies, sub-ethnic lineages and identities.

Kazakhastan May Allow U.S. To Use Its Ports To Deliver Military supplies to Afghanistan

aktau portOn April 19, Kazakhstan’s Senate ratified the agreement allowing the US to use its ports of Aktau and Kuryk on the East coast of the Caspian Sea to transit military supplies to Afghanistan, the Russian news agency RIA news reported.

The End of the Democratic Century. Autocracy's Global Ascendance

astana by nightAt the height of World War II, Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine, argued that the United States had amassed such wealth and power that the twentieth century would come to be known simply as “the American Century.”

Kazakhstan Urged To Halt Criminal Proceedings Against Pregnant Woman Accused Of Funding Nazarbaev Foe

aqmaraltobylovaAmnesty International has called on authorities in Kazakhstan to halt criminal proceedings against a pregnant woman accused of giving financial backing to an opposition political movement.

Kazakhstan's Elderly Opposition Tries Something New

kazhegeldinBehind the mecenatismo of a former prime minister, Kazakhstan’s opposition figures find a new platform in Brussels.

Kazakhstan adopts Hollywood glamor to energize cinema industry

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The impetus to keep hammering away at the international film market has come from President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

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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