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Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Soft infrastructure development in Central Asia 2020

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Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Passing the baton in Turkmenistan

The capital, Ashgabat, is whispering that the president plans to place his son Serdar in a leadership role, while he takes on the mantle of sage advisor, becoming the power behind the throne (rather than on it). In essence, Berdimuhamedow is securing hereditary succession for his son, while retaining power.

New Atlanticist by Victoria Clement

Central Asia Democratic Transitions

Wed, Oct 9, 2019

How governments can use cyber tools irresponsibly to preserve power

The Kazakh case serves as an example of irresponsible cyber statecraft, when governments use cyberspace and technological tools to achieve specific political goals, placing the rights of citizens, as well as their political legitimacy, on the line.

New Atlanticist by Safa Shahwan

Central Asia Cybersecurity

Sun, Sep 22, 2019

Cohen in The Hill: The new Kazakhstan president comes to the UN

In the News by Atlantic Council

Central Asia Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

First glimpses of Tokayev’s Kazakhstan: The listening state?

Steps towards reform in politics, law, economics, administration, civil society, and foreign relations by the new Kazakh president should compel the United States and its allies to take a more engaged and active approach to Kazakhstan.

Long Take by S. Frederick Starr

Central Asia Democratic Transitions

Wed, Sep 4, 2019

Rising regionalism: A new trend or an old idea in need of better understanding?

The success of regionalism in Europe can be an important example for the nations of Central Asia, who remain hesitant about regional cooperation despite their shared economic, cultural, and geopolitical characteristics, and need for greater internal cohesion.

New Atlanticist by Richards Kols

Central Asia International Organizations

Fri, Jun 21, 2019

Kazakhstan: The thorn in the side of Russia’s energy colossus

Kazakhstan, a rising regional power in the midst of economic and political transformation, may prove to be the weak link in Russia’s energy empire.

EnergySource by Paddy Ryan

Central Asia Energy & Environment

Fri, May 3, 2019

Cohen in Forbes: Kazakhstan’s Presidential Transition Bodes Well For Energy Investors

Read the full article here

In the News by Ariel Cohen

Central Asia

Mon, Mar 25, 2019

Making sense of Nazarbayev’s abrupt resignation in Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev’s abrupt departure from power may also be an attempt to preserve his image as the “father of the nation” and economic modernizer before things start to fall apart.

New Atlanticist by Dinara Pisareva

Central Asia Democratic Transitions

Wed, Mar 20, 2019

Nazarbayev’s resignation is a sign of strength

His voluntary and well-planned resignation shows that Nazarbayev remained in full control and by no means was forced out.

New Atlanticist by Anders Åslund

Central Asia Democratic Transitions

Tue, Mar 19, 2019

Nazarbayev’s gift to Kazakhstan: An orderly transition?

At a time when Kazakhstan faces tough economic choices and a potential for increasing social unrest, the need to avoid political turmoil is crucial.

New Atlanticist by John M. Roberts

Central Asia Democratic Transitions