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The Reforms Kazakhstan Needs

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Kazakhstan’s former president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who resigned in March after nearly 30 years in power, was a great admirer of the Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew. 

How autocrats and criminals employ Washington PR firms to slander their opponents

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The US capital has turned into a revolving door for those in need of reputation laundering - a rather shameful condition for the self-styled leader of the free world. 

Kazakhstan: While president talks dialogue, activists get harassment

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While Kazakhstan's president has talked up the need for national dialogue as a way of tamping down political tensions, individual activists say they have faced harassment and restrictions on their right to move freely.

'An awakening': New president faces daunting task of leading Kazakhstan to democracy

Kasym Zhomart

A torch has been passed from the only president Kazakhstan has had in the post-Soviet era to a hand-picked successor, putting Central Asia’s largest and most dominant country at a dramatic crossroads.

Kazakh activists call for more protests over presidential vote

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Police officers block opposition supporters during a protest against presidential election

Disenchanted activists demand Kazakhs 'wake up' before presidential vote

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In a country tightly run by one man for three decades, even small protests are a rarity.

Statement by the Spokesperson on the presidential elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan

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In the light of the shortcomings reported by the OSCE/ODIHR Mission, we expect Kazakhstan to address these violations, as well as the controlled legal and political electoral framework, as they run counter to the country's OSCE commitments and international obligations.

A school of bitter experience: how Kazakhstan’s media regulations restrict journalist freedom

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The Kazakh state is increasingly bringing the work of independent journalists under control. A new media law places further restrictions on journalistic freedom.

What Is Nazarbayev’s Legacy in Kazakhstan?

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Kazakhstan’s first president resigned, but he remains fundamentally intertwined with the state.

Kazakhstan: Ersatz presidential candidates spar in pretend debate

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Kazakhstan's pretend presidential election contest would not have been complete without a pretend debate among the pretend candidates.

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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