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A Visa-Free Zone Welcomes Your Wallet. But Maybe Not Your Beard.

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The Real Future of Green Energy in Kazakhstan

thediplomat nazarbayev expo xi 386x220Given the dominance of conventional energy resources, are Astana’s green energy reforms merely publicity stunts?

Black Snow Covers City in Kazakhstan, Infuriating Locals

blacksnowJanuary snowfall is nothing unusual during heavy Kazakhstan winters. But this year, when snow came to the northeast city of Temirtau, it was black.

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

rail deal article 0It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central Asia.

Kazakh Journalism Badly Hit By Media Law Amendments

Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the press law amendments that President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed into lawyesterday because they deal a new series of blows to media freedom in Kazakhstan, especially to investigative journalism and access to state-held information.

Briton criticised over sculpture of 'terrible' Uzbek dictator Karimov

islkarPaul Day says ‘I go with the flow’ as critics ask if artist’s monument in Moscow square will reflect reality of Karimov’s bloody rule

America, EU, Japan: Time to Reunite Afghanistan with Central Asia

rsz 2017 12 04t064216z 1815730748 rc1f72d56900 rtrmadp 3 afghanistan dailylifeNeither the five formerly Soviet states of Central Asia nor Afghanistan is happy with the current setup, and with good reason.

In Kazakhstan’s Battle for Cable TV, Russia Stands its Ground

thediplomat children 403582 1280 386x257Despite Astana’s efforts to restrict its presence, foreign content continues to dominate Kazakhstan’s airwaves.

What does Kazakhstan’s new military doctrine reveal about its relations with Russia?

kzforcesKazakhstani forces practice tactical drills on December 7, 2017. The country recently unveiled a new military doctrine that some experts say responds to Moscow's hybrid warfare tactics.

Nazarbayev Rants Against Offshore Holdings

thediplomat 2016 10 23 15 49 00 386x238The Kazakh president complained on national television of companies squirreling their money away abroad.

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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