On March 19, Kazakhstan’s longtime president Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his resignation after twenty-nine years as Kazakhstan’s leader. On June 9, Nursultan’s chosen successor Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won the subsequent presidential election with 71 percent of the vote. The former president’s surprise resignation raises questions about Kazakhstan’s path forward and how the region will navigate the economic and energy challenges of the coming years.

Tue, Mar 19, 2019

Nazarbayev begins uncertain transition in Kazakhstan

Rumors of Nazarbayev’s imminent departure emerged after the president asked the country’s Constitutional Court whether he had the right to resign or not earlier in February.

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Central Asia Democratic Transitions

The Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, Global Energy Center, and the International Tax and Investment Center host a panel discussion surrounding the most pressing economic and energy topics for Kazakhstan and Central Asia, including China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Russia’s increasing global ambitions in its “near abroad,” and diversification of the region’s economies.

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