ObscuristanHere’s a couple interesting stories.

by Nathan Hamm on 12/13/2003

ObscuristanHere’s a couple interesting stories.
Little did I know, but Kazakhstan’s economic growth has only been
outpaced by Equitorial Guinea. Both are in the midst of an oil boom,
but Kazakhstan isn’t as reliant as E.G. is on Texas Tea. Good fiscal
and monetary policies set Kazakhstan apart from much of the rest of the

Kazakhstan is now a model of financial and monetary
stability, with a financial system considered more advanced and
transparent than Russia’s.

If you’re interested in tales of monetary policy, read
the whole story as it summarizes the course of Kazakhstan’s currency
over that past decade.
In Georgia, the most viable potential opponent to Mikheil Saakashvili has been disqualified from running for the presidency next month. It looks legitimate, but also potentially sleazy.

A graduation ceremony
was held today in Republic Square in Tbilisi for the 111th Light
Infantry Battalion participating in the USMC’s Task Force Georgia Train
and Equip Program. President Burjanadze was on hand to congratulate the
troops and meet the trainers. The other three battalions that have
completed training were present as well. The USMC website has a few
Also in Georgian military news, 500 Georgian troops will be in Iraq by summer ’04, joining the 70 already present.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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