Inside Central Asia

20.01.2022

Podcast: What’s Happening in Kazakhstan?

This podcast episode focuses on the recent upheaval in Kazakhstan and what to expect moving forward.
11.01.2022

Will the Crisis in Kazakhstan Signal Change in Its Foreign Policy?

The protests in Kazakhstan are social, anti-authoritarian, and anti-nepotism, but they are not anti-Russian. That may change as a result of the authorities receiving military assistance from Moscow, the former imperial capital.
10.01.2022

Turmoil in Kazakhstan Heralds the End of the Nazarbayev Era

The protests in Kazakhstan have shown that the current model of governance has angered millions of people who missed out when the resources pie was shared out. Yet that model is such an intrinsic part of the country’s economic and political structure that the leadership is unlikely to be able to change it, should President Tokayev wish to do so.
6.01.2022

Russia Takes a Gamble in Kazakhstan

If Russia succeeds in propping up the regime in Kazakhstan and making it more pro-Russian, then the Central Asian nation could, like Belarus, become a more reliable ally and partner for Russia.
31.12.2021

Why Russia Sees Little Threat in China’s Growing Involvement in Tajikistan

Even if there is cause for competition in Central Asia, both Moscow and Beijing see friendly bilateral relations as a priority, especially against the backdrop of their escalating confrontation with the West.
28.10.2021

In Uzbekistan, the Real Challenge Begins Now

However President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s second term develops, there is no point in expecting Uzbekistan to transform into a liberal democracy.
26.10.2021

Why Tajikistan Is Taking a Stand Against the Taliban

Tajikistan has no intention of getting into a direct confrontation with the Taliban. Rather, by taking a few more risks than its neighbors, the Tajik leadership is counting on boosting its popularity, both at home and abroad.
10.09.2021

Podcast: What Are the Implications of the Afghanistan Crisis for Central Asia?

This episode looks at the impact of events in Afghanistan on the broader region and the balance of power there.
3.09.2021

Do the Taliban Pose a Threat to Stability in Central Asia?

It goes without saying that the crisis in Afghanistan will create new risks for the region, but Central Asia has long lived with chaos on its borders, and already has twenty years of experience in dealing with the Taliban.
23.08.2021

Lessons for Russia From the U.S. Leadership Crisis

It would be foolish to assume the American withdrawal from Afghanistan will be repeated everywhere else that there is a U.S. presence.
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