Political process

Kazakhstan: Constitution Reforms to Be Reviewed in Parliament

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.

Kazakhstan jails activists, plans a Great Firewall to stifle online dissent

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.

Kazakhstan: ‘Bigger than one person’

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

Kyrgyzstan protests over Kazakh minister's toilet cleaning comment

muxamediuliKyrgyzstan's foreign ministry has summoned a Kazakh diplomat after Kazakhstan's culture and sports minister said he felt sorry for Kyrgyz migrant labourers having to clean public toilets in Russia.

Nazarbaev Warns Of Ukraine-Style Turmoil As Kazakh Land Protests Spread

nazwarnsKazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has evoked the Ukraine conflict as protests continued over the Central Asian government's decision to privatize large tracts of state-owned agricultural land.

Kazakhstan after Nazarbayev: are the winds of change finally blowing?

naz ordKazakhstan’s 25 years of political stability owe much to the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, making the prospect of the septuagenarian’s departure a significant source of the jitters for investors in the country.

New Report Slams 'Authoritarian' Russia and Former Soviet Nations

kaluchSeven of the 15 former Soviet countries have become “consolidated authoritarian regimes,” with Russian President Vladimir Putin's “naked embrace of autocracy” driving the decline, the Freedom House monitoring group said in a report released Tuesday.

Kazakhstan's Snap Election Affirm Nazarbayev's Power in Uncertain Environments

nazvyboryThe Kazakhstan snap Parliamentary elections were held on 20 March 2016. The snap elections were called amidst economic turmoil and fears that the Kazakhstan government would lose voter and public confidence because of the economic situation in Kazakhstan.

Four Socio-Political Factors That Could Make or Break the Deal for Eurasian Economic Integration after Kyrgyzstan’s Accession

kyrgyzeeuEurasianism is a sea comprised of many rivers that flow into it.
And no sea can subsist without its flows 
Chingiz Aitmatov. (1928-2008), renowned Soviet and Kyrgyz writer

Western Whitewashing of Kazakhstan's Election

kzflagNot only was the recent election more of the same, but Astana seems to have roped the same experts into praising it.

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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