About: Kazakhstan

Central Asia 03-06-2022

With referendum, Kazakh President pushes for reforms

While the EU and US are preoccupied with the Ukraine war, they should pay attention to events in Central Asia as well, where on Sunday (5 June) a package of constitutional amendments will be approved by referendum in Kazakhstan, write Svante E. Cornell and Albert Barro.
Central Asia 11-03-2022

Kazakhstan undergoes changes comparable to ‘Perestroika’

The events of January bring to a close the two-year Kazakh duumvirate with former President Nazarbayev, paving the way to a political system firmly united around President Tokayev, perceived as a reformist, writes Alberto Turkstra.
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Central Asia 11-02-2022

European Parliament resolution following Kazakhstan’s ‘tragic January’ is disappointing

It was deeply disappointing that the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the tragic events in Kazakhstan in the first days of January, which did not reflect the real situation on the ground, writes Erzhan Kazykhan.
Central Asia 20-01-2022

Fallout from Kazakh unrest must not undermine decades of progress

It is crucial that after the unrest, president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev now prioritize the safeguarding of the country’s reputation as a stable country, responsible international partner, and attractive investment destination, writes Matthew Bryza.
Global Europe 18-01-2022

After the protests, what debt will Kazakhstan’s leaders owe Russia?

What seems obvious after the recent protests is that Kazakhstan might become even more reliant on Russia, demonstrating a diminished ability to balance the influence of Washington and Moscow, writes Aigerim Toleukhanova.
Central Asia 06-07-2021

Police reform in Kazakhstan: Effective law-enforcement close to the population

The reform of the law enforcement system has started in Kazakhstan recently as part of the overall modernisation of the country and the first evaluation of the results achieved look very optimistic, writes Yerlan Turgumbayev.
Central Asia 27-04-2021

Kazakhstan is eager to share its model for interethnic accord

The experience and policy of Kazakhstan in the field of maintaining interethnic peace and harmony is of genuine interest to international organizations and states, writes Aiman Zhussupova.
Energy 16-02-2021

The EU should maintain the Energy Charter Treaty

There are fundamental good reasons to continue protecting the investments covered by the Energy Charter Treaty as private investment will be crucial for the vast infrastructure overhauls needed to shift towards renewable energy, writes Dr Frank Umbach.
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Central Asia 09-02-2021

Kazakhstan’s economy: Short-term recovery and long-term structural transformation

Two key speeches by President Tokayev in January revealed important clues as to the direction Kazakhstan will take this and the coming years on the political, economic and social fronts.  Alberto Turkstra has had a deeper look.
Central Asia 14-01-2021

Step-by-step democratisation serves Kazakhstan well

Step-by-step democratisation has suited Kazakhstan’s national circumstances and interests well, writes Alberto Turkstra who visited Kazakhstan on the occasion of the 10 January parliamentary elections.
Central Asia 29-12-2020

Central Asia is an obvious winner of better EU-China ties

Investment and better regional connectivity as well as an improved links with Europe may be a lifeline for the struggling Central Asian economies, writes Joel Ruet.
Central Asia 25-11-2020

Kazakhstan election holds genuine strategic importance

Kazakhstan will hold its parliamentary election on 10 January with a clear intention to reach the democratic levels enjoyed in the European bloc. Despite the obvious challenges of voting during a pandemic, our government is committed to giving our citizens a voice, writes Aigul Kuspan
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Central Asia 22-09-2020

Kazakhstan and Pope John Paul II

100 years ago, on May 18, 1920, Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in the Polish town of Wadowice. Leading the Catholic Church since October 1978, Pope John Paul II left a bright and indelible mark in the history of mankind and...
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Central Asia 29-08-2020

Kazakhstan takes stock of its experience in constitutionalism

Today, almost thirty years after gaining its independence, the citizens of Kazakhstan can state with confidence and a sense of pride that their country is an equal and respected member of the international community and has all the signs of a well-established statehood, writes Kairat Mami.
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Central Asia 28-08-2020

Leading the way to a world free of nuclear weapons

Today more than ever, the world needs leadership in the field of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. Kazakhstan keeps providing this leadership, writes Jonathan Granoff. Jonathan Granoff is the president of the Global Security Institute. In 1949, the first of over...
Central Asia 17-01-2020

Kazakhstan-EU relations entering a new stage

This New Year marks the start of a fresh chapter in the relationship between the European Union and Kazakhstan and on 20 January, the EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council will discuss the state of play, writes Mukhtar Tileuberdi.
Central Asia 06-01-2020

Political reform in Kazakhstan is also an answer to a global problem

The recent reforms introducing more democracy in Kazakhstan are also an answer to a global problem – how to respond to the lack of public confidence in leadership around the world, writes Shavkat Sabirov.
Central Asia 17-06-2019

Kazakhstan’s electoral mood calls for more ties with Europe

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) conducted interviews over the recent presidential elections, revealing a need for further reforms to overcome an oil-dependent economy, while further deepening ties with the European Union (EU), writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.
Central Asia 08-06-2019

Kazakhstan: getting ready to make a new step forward

Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world, with an area the size of Western Europe and a population of more than 18 million citizens, is tomorrow testing the maturity of its democracy, writes Beibut Atamkulov, the country's foreign minister.
Central Asia 06-06-2019

EU-Kazakhstan: Elections, trade and transition

A small cultural contextualisation may prove helpful when discussing political reform in Kazakhstan, says Samuel Doveri Vesterbye. Here it is.
Global Europe 28-05-2019

Bannon under fire at Kazakhstan media conference

The Eurasian Media Forum is an annual international discussion platform that has gathered hundreds of delegates from across the world in Kazakhstan since 2002. But it never got such publicity as this year, because one of them was Steve Bannon,...
Central Asia 27-05-2019

What next for Kazakhstan after the elections?

The next President of Kazakhstan will have to oversee that there is no backsliding in economic, social and political reforms, and reassure international partners that the external policy of the country remains unchanged, writes Eli Hadzieva.
Central Asia 23-10-2018

Kazakhstan and the Venice Commission

The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission has provided precious support to the process of constitutional and legislative change in Kazakhstan, writes Igor Rogov.
Central Asia 09-10-2018

Religion should not be used to sow divisions

In recent years, many thousands have died and millions more had to flee their homes due to conflicts in which religion has been used to justify discrimination and violence. Countering these dangerous distortions is one of the challenges that religious leaders will address in Astana on 10 and 11 October, writes Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.