Monthly Archive

January 2018

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 19 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Events and opinions

A Troubling Scenario for Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s long-heralded stability is being challenged by growing economic problems, societal frustrations, and rising nationalism.   Key Points Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev... read more..

Events and opinions

Prominent US Human Rights Lawyer Takes Up Case of Jailed Kazakh Businessman

Jared Genser’s firm described Iskander Yerimbetov as “a hostage” of the Kazakh state who had been subjected to torture. U.S. based human rights lawyer, Jared Genser, announced this week that his fi... read more..

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Democracy’s real crisis: Its failure to challenge kleptocrats

Despite what you might gather from recent reports, democracy is not “in crisis” because Russia (a country facing a massive HIV epidemic) or China (a country facing huge looming demographic problems) h... read more..

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Kazakhstan And France Are Working On Military Cooperation

Even with its economy still recovering from the collapse of oil prices in 2014 Kazakhstan is laying the groundwork for a self-sufficient domestic arms industry that may soon export its wares. In Decem... read more..

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Trump is speeding the global erosion of democracy, watchdog says

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? On the same day President Trump was supposed t... read more..

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Trump Says ‘No Idea’ If Kazakh Money Was Invested in SoHo Hotel

President Donald Trump said he has “no idea” whether money from Kazakhstan was invested in Trump SoHo, a condominium hotel in lower Manhattan, while meeting with the country’s authoritarian ... read more..

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Kazakhstan is a 'kleptocracy' ruled by an autocrat. It's also an increasingly important strategic ally

President Donald Trump hosted the president of Kazakhstan on Tuesday at the White House, where the official agenda included Afghanistan and nuclear nonproliferation. President Donald Trump hosted... read more..

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What’s the Matter with Kazakhstan?

‘Whataboutism’ would seem to be the rising topic of the week, as this column considers irrespective of whether President Donald Trump is any far more deplorable than his the latest predecessors. Ye... read more..

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Astana Grapples With Growing Sinophobic Sentiment in Kazakhstan

Following bloody clashes between ethnic Uyghurs and Han Chinese in the city of Urumchi, in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in the summer of 2009, Beijing resorted to both c... read more..

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Trump's meeting with Kazakhstan president is important gesture of cooperation

Following the first Anglo-Afghan war, London pursued a policy of  “masterly inactivity.” This policy allowed Czarist Russia’s unchecked adventurism to annex the legendary Khanates of Khiva, Bokha... read more..


How to Fix Kazakhstan’s Reliance on Fossil Fuels

It’s been more than 1,000 days since oil prices first started to drop from a high of more than $100 a barrel in 2014. But across petroleum-rich Central Asia, governments continue to struggle to adj... read more..


Danziger: In The Slimelight

President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan is Welcomed at the White House Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient... read more..

Events and opinions

A Visa-Free Zone Welcomes Your Wallet. But Maybe Not Your Beard.

The Chinese part of a special economic development zone made up of territory from China and Kazakhstan.Andrea Bruce for The New York Times Except for men with long beards and women wearing veils or... read more..

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The Real Future of Green Energy in Kazakhstan

Given the dominance of conventional energy resources, are Astana’s green energy reforms merely publicity stunts? Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev welcomed the New Year by touting key acc... read more..

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Black Snow Covers City in Kazakhstan, Infuriating Locals

January snowfall is nothing unusual during heavy Kazakhstan winters. But this year, when snow came to the northeast city of Temirtau, it was black. “The entire city is covered i... read more..


Moldovan businessman to seek foreclosure of Kazakh oil field stake

Moldovan businessman Anatolie Stati will ask bailiffs to sell a $5.2 billion stake in the Kashagan oil field owned by a Kazakh sovereign wealth fund if Astana refuses to pay a $500 million arbitrati read more..

Events and opinions

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central Asia. Routes have traditionally wended south to north, tying the region to Russia, where the center of geopolitical influence once lay. ... read more..


Apologies and Blame: Former Economy Minister on Trial in Kazakhstan for Corruption

Kuandyk Bishimbayev, accused of bribery and embezzlement, maintains his innocence. In one of Kazakhstan’s highest profile corruption cases, former Economy Minister Kuandyk Bishimbayev stands accuse... read more..


Bannon predicts Kushner investigators will 'get down deep in his s--t' on Russia, Kazakh financing: new book

Investigators are expected to dive into Jared Kushner’s real estate dealings with money flowing from Russia and Kazakhstan, according to a copy of a bombshell book. Steve Bannon, the source of many... read more..

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