Between East and West
The Central Asian Republics—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan—are located at the nexus of Russia, China, South Asia, and the Middle East. Leveraging their critical geography, these nations are renewing their role as the crossroads of trade between the West and Asia—resulting in significant economic development, especially in the sectors of energy and natural resources. While moves toward reform and democracy have been made since independence in 1991, corruption and human rights issues remain prevalent throughout the region.
New Atlanticist Mar 23, 2022
Not just Russian oligarchs: Britain must block Kazakhstan’s kleptocrats from securing a safe haven
By Francis Shin
There is a strong chance to extend some of the regulatory reforms directed towards Russian oligarchs to also apply to the Nazarbayev family.
EnergySource Jan 20, 2022
By intervening in Kazakhstan, Russia strengthens its hand in China’s energy market
By Paddy Ryan
A Russian-led intervention to quell violent protests in Kazakhstan will undoubtedly come with strings attached. Kazakhstan may fall even further into Russia’s energy orbit, unraveling the country’s carefully crafted multi-vector foreign policy and putting its relationship with China to the test.
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