A tragic house fire that killed five sisters in Astana epitomizes many of Kazakhstan’s social problems, as well as the widening gap between the government and the governed.
Brighter prospects for Central Asian integration come amid political and economic liberalization in Uzbekistan, hardening authoritarianism elsewhere in the region, widespread economic distress, and China’s growing influence—the five major trends that marked Central Asia in 2018.
The five states of Central Asia — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan — mark 27 years of independence in 2018.
Kazakhstan’s political system is quite opaque, so it is not clear what exactly is driving recent changes in the senior ranks of the government. What is clear, however, is that Kazakh society is growing restless, as socioeconomic problems in the country grow.
A conversation on lessons learned from the history of nuclear testing in the Soviet Union and the United States.
Kazakhstan’s weak political institutions, a failure to diversify the economy, and a changing geopolitical landscape have created uncertainties about what will happen to the country once President Nursultan Nazarbayev leaves the scene.
As China vies for more influence in Central Asia, the United States, the European Union, and other Asian countries must take a strategic interest in Kazakhstan to ensure the country’s prosperity and protect the international liberal economic order.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has become the organizing foreign policy concept of the Xi Jinping era.
The story of Semipalatinsk nuclear test site demonstrates the tremendous economic, political, human, and environmental costs of nuclear testing and the perils associated with nuclear-weapon programs.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization will likely become less functional and coherent as the group gets bigger. Form will start to drive function, and the group will begin to search for a purpose.