In Kazakhstan‚Äôs recent presidential elections, incumbent President Tokayev won an overwhelming majority, further consolidating his rule. Tokayev preaches democratisation. Yet, as Bakhytzhan Kurmanov argues, the elections were hardly democratic, and the reforms he proposes may mask an intent to strengthen his own position rather than empower Kazakh citizens Read more
The international ramifications of the Russia-Ukraine war present tough choices for Russia, according to Aydin Salimli. These include NATO‚Äôs expansion, Central Asia's search for new transit routes to sell their gas and oil, and the growing role in the region of both Turkey and the United States Read more
he Russian invasion of Ukraine has exposed Russia‚Äôs growing dependence on China, argues Albrecht Rothacher. China‚Äôs ambitions to displace the US as the main world power contrast vividly with Russia‚Äôs long-term stagnation and decline. It's a decline exacerbated by the latest Western economic sanctions Read more
To understand today‚Äôs autocratic regimes, we should look at how they exploit social media, argues Bakhyzhan Kurmanov. In Kazakhstan, a referendum in the name of ‚Äėopen government‚Äô is effectively a sham. What's more, it is a cover for autocratic practices of silencing dissent Read more
Angelo Vito Panaro
Unprecedented anti-government protests spread across Kazakhstan in January 2022, andwere only quelled through a military solution. Angelo Vito Panaro argues that, despite the outcome, the protests expose the inherent fragility of the autocratic regime and the strength of public support for a democratic alternative Read more
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