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Russian-sponsored Syria Peace Talks Stumble Out of the Gate

In Kazakhstan, Russia struggles to get delegates from Damascus and the opposition to talk, while the U.S. sits on the sidelines.

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The Birth of ‘Absurdistan’

How I experienced the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Meet the Central Asian Nation Trying to Benefit From the Iran Nuclear Deal

Kazakhstan's nuclear record allowed it to play an outsized role in Washington’s landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.

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A Perfect Storm in Central Asia

For years, the five ex-Soviet republics have enjoyed surprising stability. But Russia’s economic crisis is shaking their foundations.

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A Step Toward a Safer Atom

My country is host to an important new initiative that could change how the world talks about nuclear enrichment forever.

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Can the IAEA’s New Nuclear Fuel Bank Prevent a Future Iran Crisis?

A storage facility for low-enriched uranium run by the International Atomic Energy Agency is shedding new light on how another Iran standoff might be averted for future generations.

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The best stories from around the world.

The Oil and the Glory

Does the U.S. have a worse business climate than Turkmenistan?

When it comes to energy policy, is the United States worse than Turkmenistan? How about Russia, where a contract is a contract only when President-elect ...

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