February 26, 2021


Kazakhstan-ASEAN Relations: Prospects for Greater Engagement


Kazakhstan’s central role in China’s BRI and membership in the EAEU present new opportunities for stronger relations between Kazakhstan and ASEAN.

Trump’s New Central Asia Strategy aims to be Realist, But it’s Unrealistic

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The State Department released its updated strategy for Central Asia last month, a relatively short document that is mostly taken up with reiterating traditional U.S. priorities in the region.

Demise of the Petrostates

Algerians protest against former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in power, in Algiers on Mar. 1, 2019. RYAD KRAMDI/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

The oil price crash is an existential threat to petrostates from Nigeria to Iran, where governments rely on oil wealth to stabilize power and pay off competing interests.

Russia’s Strategy in Central Asia: Inviting India to Balance China

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 Russia’s invitation for India to link up with Eurasian Economic Union recalls the SCO expansion saga.

Feature: Caspian oil producers face growing investor skepticism

Caspian oil producers

Three decades after gaining independence, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan face a growing struggle convincing investors and markets of the potential for significant new oil opportunities in the Caspian region.

Tajikistan’s massive Rogun hydropower dam: a blessing or a curse?

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Tajikistan spent all the proceeds from its first ever eurobond on the giant Rogun hydropower dam. It is still consuming a quarter of the budget each year.

Central Asia’s electricity network – underpowered and fragmented

CA CAPS 2008 power electricity map

Central Asia needs more 500kV loops in order to share power between the countries of the region.

As the Eurasian Union looks east, its deals do not benefit all members equally The EAEU is shopping for partners in Asia. Middle finger to the West or sound trade policy?

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 The EAEU is shopping for partners in Asia. Middle finger to the West or sound trade policy?

Growth of popular unrest in Kazakhstan ‘met by throttling of internet freedom'

#OyanQazaqstan ("Wake Up Kazakhstan") pro-democracy protest in Almaty

One of the more remarkable occurrences in Central Asian politics this year was the sight of thousands of Kazakhs taking to the streets to protest at the shoo-in, far from democratic election of longtime president Nursultan Nazarbayev’s handpicked successor Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev in early June.

Kazakh president orders investigation into China-linked transport project

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Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Tuesday ordered an investigation into former senior officials who initiated a struggling $1.5 billion Chinese-led project to build a light rail network in the capital.

Unexplained Wealth Orders in the UK: What Will This Year Bring?

Unexplained Wealth Orders in the UK: What Will This Year Bring?

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Practicing Repression Abroad, Says Rights Watchdog

Practicing Repression Abroad, Says Rights Watchdog

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On the steppe

On the steppe

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