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PONARS Eurasia 06-11-2019
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PONARS Eurasia 06-11-2019
(Eurasianet) The results of Kazakhstan’s presidential election pose a puzzle. Both for the government and its opponents. As anticipated, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ran away with the vote. Preliminary results announced on the morning of June 10 showed him getting 70.8 percent of ballots cast. His nearest rival, opposition-lite candidate Amirzhan Kosanov garnered a surprisingly respectable 16 percent. As was often the case with his predecessor, mentor and power-...
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PONARS Eurasia 06-11-2019
(FP) NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan—For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has a new president. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the interim president and hand-picked successor of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Central Asian country’s longtime autocrat, confirmed his position on Sunday in an election where he faced off against six government-approved candidates. But the choreographed transfer of power was overshadowed by sustained protests across ...
PONARS Eurasia 05-31-2019
(The Diplomat) As Kazakhstan undergoes its first power transition, the awakening of public politics is inevitable. It’s been a wild few months for Kazakh politics, starting with President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s resignation on March 19 and interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s decision a few weeks later to call for early presidential elections, now set for June 9. Since then, Kazakhstan has renamed its capital and seen a series of public protests,...
PONARS Eurasia 05-30-2019
(WP) In these times of growing authoritarianism, it is worth taking note when people fight back. Two recent events in Russia show that despite President Vladimir Putin’s intolerance for dissent, there are moments when people are willing to speak up, strongly. In Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city, two local copper oligarchs, along with church and city officials, decided to build a cathedral, a replica of St. Catherine’s, which was destroyed by...
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PONARS Eurasia 05-30-2019
(Point & Counterpoint) A Levada Center poll on the perception of Stalin taken in April has created an emotionally charged public debate. Maria Lipman discusses the causes and substance of the controversy surrounding the Center's survey with Maxim Trudolyubov, Kennan Institute senior advisor and Vedomosti Daily editor-at-large. According to this Levada Center report, a “positive assessment [of Stalin] reached the...
PONARS Eurasia 05-29-2019
(Eurasianet) Legend has it that after Jesus ascended to heaven, the Virgin Mary and the disciples drew lots in Jerusalem to pick the lands where they would spread the word of Christ. Mary drew Georgia. And although she never visited the country, the connection has become deeply woven into Georgia’s national narrative. [...] “When a [Georgian] political force is losing popularity, it tries to borrow popularity from the church,” Kornely Kakachia...
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PONARS Eurasia 05-28-2019
(Astana Times) Presidential candidates Zhambyl Akhmetbekov, Amirzhan Kossanov, Toleutai Rakhimbekov, Amangeldy Taspikhov, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Sadybek Tugel and Daniya Yespayeva are competing for Kazakhstan’s highest office in the June 9 presidential election, and the candidate elected into office will have to address the most salient economic, social, regional and institutional issues to secure the country’s continued development. [...] “Nazarbayev...
PONARS Eurasia 05-23-2019
(Mariya Y. Omelicheva and Lawrence P. Markowitz) Counterterrorism experts and policy makers have warned of the peril posed by the links between violent extremism and organized crime, especially the relationship between drug trafficking and terrorism funding. Yet Central Asia, the site of extensive opium trafficking, sees low levels of terrorist violence. Webs of Corruption is an innovative study demonstrating that terrorist and criminal activity intersect...
PONARS Eurasia 05-16-2019
(kgembassy.org) On May 14, 2019, Bolot Otunbaev, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the USA met with Andrew Kuchins, President of AUCA, at the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States and Canada. Ambassador Otunbaev congratulated Dr. Kuchins on his appointment as the president of AUCA and wished him success in his work. Andrew Kuchins shared plans for the further development of the training program according to the best world educational...

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