Events and opinions

naz handRecent events suggest Kazakhstan is preparing for snap elections. For parliament or the president?

Roza OtunbayevaThe first woman to lead a Central Asian country discussed China, her successors’ rivalry, and regrets from her time in office.

naz lavrPresident Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan gave a speech on 5 October in which he declared that the Central Asian nation’s education system will be reformed, and “expenditures on education, science and healthcare [will be increased] from all sources up to 10% from the GDP within 5 years.”

jailThe leader of Kazakhstan’s unregistered Alash People's Social Democratic Party, Syrym Abdirakhmanov, has been arrested on a series of criminal charges, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported.

trampmisterytrips"The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier." – George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara, 1905.

uztrampTashkent, Uzbekistan - For the first time in a generation, Tashkent has an outward-looking foreign policy.

kairatabdAstana buys Beijing's talk of ethnic Kazakhs serving as a "living bridge."

Joanna LillisKazakhstan is an Asian country with an important role to play in the region, thanks to its geographical position and to the energy rich soil. Located in the heart of Central Asia, between two powerful neighbours with geopolitical ambitions, Russia and China, this young Republic is trying to maintain an equilibrium and defend its independence.

kazatompromAstana International Exchange (AIX) is pleased to announce that trading in shares of JSC NAC “Kazatomprom” (Kazatomprom) and conditional trading of Global Depository Receipts of “Kazatomprom” has been commenced on its platform today.

jihadistIt is not religious extremism that appears to unnerve Kazakhstan’s government, but dissent.