Political process

policeukRussia and other authoritarian states are gaming the system to go after dissidents.

Location of KazakhstanLawmakers in Kazakhstan have approved an agreement allowing the United States to use two of the nation’s Caspian Sea ports as transit points for shipping nonmilitary material to Afghanistan.

Kazis Toguzbaev RFERL 640x350Russia is rapidly losing its traditional leverage in Kazakhstan. Not only is demographic change swiftly reducing the share of ethnic Russians in the population, but the government in Astana is promoting the Latinization of the Kazakh alphabet (see EDM, April 25) and a new and more radical generation of Kazakh nationalists is coming to the fore.

20171021 asp502Nor was it a triumph of democracy

thediplomat 2016 10 18 18 18 24 386x196Freedom of the press, a devastating landslide, meeting a manaschi, and a special bonus; weekend reads.

country flag KazakhstanRegime Classification: Consolidated Authoritarian Regime

thediplomat 2017 03 23 15 26 42 386x258Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana.

kzparlFollowing the formal end of national discussions in Kazakhstan on constitutional reforms intended, if only on paper, to rebalance authority away from the president toward the executive and the legislative, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has ruled the issue should be considered further in parliament.

protestaprlIn Kazakhstan, the power of citizens to resist authoritarianism has been dealt a significant blow. On November 28, two major Kazakh land activists, Max Bokayev and Talgat Ayanboth, were sentenced to five years in prison on charges of organising unsanctioned protests and inciting social discord.

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Amid talk over the leadership, the country has to solve fundamental problems