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PONARS Eurasia 22 Jan 2018
(RAND) Despite the rise of religion as a visible force in the sociopolitical life of post-Soviet countries, little is known about how religion has contributed or may yet contribute to tensions or peace in this region. An improved understanding of the relationship between religion and conflict in the former Soviet republics can fill a critical gap and help inform policymakers and other actors working to bring peace and stability to this volatile...
Nargis Kassenova 01 Dec 2017
(Project Syndicate) Since independence, Kazakhstan has benefited considerably from its inclusion in the liberal world order, underwritten by Western – and especially US – leadership. As that order becomes increasingly uncertain, young states like Kazakhstan will have to adjust. ALMATY – In mid-November, Kazakhstan hosted the third annual “Astana Club,” a new independent and unbiased platform for dialogue among...
Nargis Kassenova 02 Oct 2017
(Asia Policy) n 2013, President Xi Jinping announced China’s Silk Road Economic Belt—the land-based component of the Belt and Road Initiative—during his visit to Astana. The choice of the venue did not seem accidental. Kazakhstan had already become a prime partner for China in Eurasia, with various connecting infrastructure projects completed or underway and with bilateral cooperation diversifying and blooming. The announced Silk Road...
PONARS Eurasia 30 Mar 2017
The publications on BishkekProject.com are the outcome of an international conference entitled “The Great Powers and Central Asia after Western Drawdown from Afghanistan,” which was co-hosted by Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in June 2016. - - - - - See the publications by PONARS Eurasia members: Ekaterina Stepanova: The ISIS Factor In Afghanistan:...
PONARS Eurasia 19 Mar 2017
The presidential succession in Uzbekistan following the death of Islam Karimov in September 2016 has rejuvenated discussion about the nature and future of Central Asia’s political regimes. Uzbekistan’s new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has forged new relations with neighboring Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and implemented some noticeable (though minor) changes in economic policy. In January 2017, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev suddenly...
PONARS Eurasia 17 Jan 2017
(WSJ) As the U.S., U.K. and others hit pause on globalization, China is flexing its economic muscle with an ambitious infrastructure-building spree that would connect up to a third of the world’s people. In recent years, Beijing has set up a range of institutions and groupings that are being mobilized to promote China’s interests. [...] Mr. Xi’s—and China’s—biggest calling card is the mega-infrastructure Silk Road...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Jun 2016
(NBC News) After waging war on Islamist militants within its borders for decades, Russia now faces the prospect of such extremism along its southern frontier in Central Asia. On June 5, radicals robbed two gun stores and stormed a military unit in the city of Aktobe, Kazakhstan, killing eight and injuring dozens in the first attack of such a scale in the oil-rich country. According to Arkady Dubnov of the Carnegie Moscow Center think tank, this latest...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Apr 2015
(NYTimes) Voters in Kazakhstan were set to re-elect an incumbent on Sunday who has ruled the country since the Soviet Union collapsed, in an election that could have only one outcome. Nursultan Nazarbayev, 74, will win his fifth straight term in a snap presidential election as voters headed to the polls in droves on Sunday. According to The Associated Press, election officials said on Monday that Mr. Nazarbayev had taken 97.7 percent of the...

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