January 18, 2021

Events and opinions

Bar Brawl Death Touches Off Caustic Ethnic Tension Debate in Kazakhstan

mankilledThe facts of the initial fight, in which a young man was killed, have been entirely eclipsed by the politics of nationalism.

Easy as ABC? Not in Kazakhstan

kzflagdpMontrealers and out-of-province students alike may marvel at the complex linguistic politics of Quebec – but the daily difficulties of “Bonjour-Hi” are insignificant to many Kazakhs, who will have to learn an entirely new alphabet in the coming years.

Kazakhstan: Latest Nazarbayev biopic leads a path to sleep

muratakhmanovThe movie is a forgettable addition to the presidential cult of personality.

How the US Should Respond to China’s Belt and Road

oficialwhitehousA focus on promoting transparency and fighting corruption rather than China-bashing will be more successful in the long run.

Report says hackers detected online protest-sniffing software in Kazakhstan

digitalrevolutionReport says hackers detected online protest-sniffing software in Kazakhstan

As jihadi trial ends, Kazakhstan blurs lines between opposition and extremism

djikhadkzThree men received prison sentences of between seven and eight years.

Kazakhstan: Political Facebook posts land man with 4-year jail term

abishevdefProsecutors made little secret of the fact that the case was pursued on political grounds.

Kazakhstan: Smells like election spirit

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

Kyrgyzstan’s former president, Roza Otunbayeva, discusses China, her successors, and regrets

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

Reforming Kazakhstan’s Education System and its Foreign Policy Implications

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.”

Kazakhstan: With elections chore out of the way, it is time for politics

Kazakhstan: With elections chore out of the way, it is time for politics

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Will Biden take on neglected Caucasus and Central Asia?

Will Biden take on neglected Caucasus and Central Asia?

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Kazakhstan's ruling party cements its grip on parliament

Kazakhstan's ruling party cements its grip on parliament

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