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Checking in on Eurasian Union Struggles

by Casey_Michel

In late October, while meeting with other heads involved in the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Minsk, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev turned to the topic of the forthcoming Eurasian Union. There had been hints and drops of Kazakhstani discontent with the EAU’s formulation – talk of business concerns, rumblings of ethno-based discontent. Nazarbayev decided to focus [...]

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New Report Slams Kazakhstan’s Autocratic Slide, But Does Anyone Still Care?

by Casey_Michel

c While many around Central Asia this week were downing toasts to China’s recent economic injections, the International Crisis Group released a report that, for those watching the region, is something of a long-time coming. The document describes the marked political backslide surrounding Astana following the country’s 2010 OSCE chairmanship. Since convincing – since blinkering [...]

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How do Post-2014 Spillover Fears and Russian Foreign Policy Goals Align?

by Reid Standish
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“Thousands of terrorists and fundamentalists will seek refuge in Afghanistan as well as the region around the country,” said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on a visit to India back in October 2012. “It [Afghanistan] may change the situation drastically around the region and for countries like Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Central Asia.” In response [...]

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A lazy, ridiculous slur

by Joshua Foust

Washington Free Beacon writer Adam Kredo thinks I’m somehow connected to Chuck Hagel and Chevron and Kazakhstan and… oh well, just read it. When Kazakhstan’s riot police slaughtered dozens of striking oil field workers last year, Atlantic Council affiliate Joshua Foust rushed to discredit the reports. Foust, a member of the Atlantic Council’s Young Atlanticist [...]

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Questions Remain on Zhanaozen

by Nathan Hamm

This is a guest post from Nate Schenkkan, Senior Program Associate for Eurasia at Freedom House. This post represents his views and not the views of Freedom House. Minister Idrissov has raised a lot of issues here that are worth addressing. I will focus on the most important paragraph. “A special public commission carried out [...]

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The Lessons of Zhanaozen

by Erlan Idrissov

OPINION PIECE FROM ERLAN IDRISSOV, FOREIGN MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN It is now exactly a year since the violence in Zhanaozen in western Kazakhstan cast a dark shadow over the national celebrations to mark our 20th anniversary as an independent country. A long-running industrial dispute between oil workers and their company erupted into [...]

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Central Asia Monitor 1.24

by Central Asia Monitor

Uzbek Citizen Commits Suicide in Moscow Jail After SNB Threats The Russian human rights organization Memorial reported that Abdusamat Fazletdinov, a 19 year old Uzbek citizen, committed suicide in a Moscow jail after Uzbek SNB agents threatened him. Fazletdinov had been working in Kaliningrad and was arrested with four other citizens of Uzbekistan in Moscow [...]

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Central Asia Monitor 1.23

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Chelakh Denies Killing Fellow Soldiers at Arkankergen Outpost Appearing in court this week, Vladislav Chelakh, the border guard accused of killing his fellow servicemen at the Arkankergen border outpost, said the he did not commit any murders. He claims that unknown men in civilian clothing attacked the outpost. Chelakh said that he and another border [...]

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Nuclear Retention and Moral High Ground

by Casey_Michel
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While the rest of the United Nations was debating Palestinian statehood late last week, one high-ranking UN official dropped a piece of nuclear intrigue that went relatively unnoticed. According to RIA Novosti, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, former Kazakhstani foreign minister and current director-general of the UN office in Geneva, called attention to an as-yet unknown piece of [...]

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The Inherent Contradictions of Kazakhstan’s National Narrative

by Joshua Foust
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The Kazakh government has a very appealing line it likes to sell to foreign audiences: “we are a young but maturing country, the most successful in our region, the most international in outlook, and the strongest and most stable.” Indeed, regime-supporting American wonks have largely bought that line hook, line, and sinker, regardless of any [...]

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