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.
Recent protests against land reforms in Kazakhstan raise questions about whether the system that President Nazarbayev built can meet the country’s current challenges.
President Nazarbayev outlined his vision for a secure nuclear future, with a special focus on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), the role of the IAEA Fuel Bank, and international efforts to curb nuclear terrorism.
Kazakhstan faces multiple geopolitical and economic threats over which it has limited control. But the country’s greatest upcoming challenge is one of its own making.