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Kazakhstan: Nervous authorities keep election observers at arm’s length

Government or pro-government? (state media)

Even though there is no danger of independent parties getting into parliament, authorities fear renewed protests.

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

A serviceman at the Russian military base in Tajikistan | (c) Peter Kovalev/TASS/Alamy Live News. All rights reservedA serviceman at the Russian military base in Tajikistan | (c) Peter Kovalev/TASS/Alamy Live News. All rights reserved

Amid anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim discourse, it seems that some refugees are more equal than others when it comes to seeking asylum in Europe

Kazakhstan: Crackdown on Government Critics

Kazakhstan Koshe unregistered party activists © 2020 Saniya Toiken, RFE/RL

Over 130 Targeted for Alleged Membership in Groups Deemed ‘Extremist’ 

Kazakhstan draws on current crises in designing national security strategy

Countries these days need to defend themselves from more than just invading armies. (Photo Kazakhstan Defense Ministry)

The documents focuses on viruses, droughts, water shortages and food deficits as potential crisis flashpoints.

Kazakh Activist Goes On Trial For Ties With Banned Opposition Group

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Kazakh activist Qanat Zhaqypov has gone on trial in the Almaty region for having links with the banned unregistered opposition Koshe (Street) party.

Will Biden take on neglected Caucasus and Central Asia?

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev meets with then-Vice President Joe Biden in 2016. (photo: president.az)

Following Trump’s erratic approach, Biden’s team of experienced pros are expected to try to reengage the region. Will they be able to?

Kazakhstan's ruling party cements its grip on parliament

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Kazakhstan's ruling party has cemented its grip on parliament in the opposition-free election, officials said Monday.

Kazakhstan: Nervous authorities keep election observers at arm’s length

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Even though there is no danger of independent parties getting into parliament, authorities fear renewed protests.

Georgian opposition starts uniting ahead of fall elections

Trilling Demonstrations in Tbilisi

Georgia’s opposition has formed a united front for the upcoming parliamentary vote, as it attempts to regain its footing after the ruling party got a boost from its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

After Nazarbaev: A Review Of Kazakh President Toqaev's Tumultuous First Year

Tokayev takes the oath

Three days after winning some 71 percent of the vote in a snap presidential election in which "significant irregularities" were noted by a leading international election monitor, Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev was sworn in as Kazakhstan's second president on June 12, 2019.

Kazakhstan: Nervous authorities keep election observers at arm’s length

Kazakhstan: Nervous authorities keep election observers at arm’s length

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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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