Former Soviet States Are Distancing Themselves From Their Old Imperial Master
The war in Ukraine is prompting countries from Kazakhstan to Moldova to reexamine their colonial past and seek diplomatic allies beyond the Kremlin.
How Western Media Framed Kazakhstan’s Protests
A complicated conflict was reduced to an easy narrative of riots and chaos.
Kazakhstan’s Reforms Should Be More Than Just Show
Promised changes after January’s chaos are unpromising so far.
World Bank Freeze Leaves Afghanistan Bracing for Economic Impact
Amid Taliban crackdowns, the country continues to be locked out of billions of dollars in crucial international funds, with little resolution in sight.
Kazakhstan Can’t Torture Its Way to Stability
Until the Tokayev regime shows remorse for its brutal crackdown, the country’s reforms won’t bring progress.
Turkmenistan Is All About the Berdimuhamedovs
Central Asia is about to receive its first dynastic family.
Washington Must Step Up Its Engagement in Central Asia
Recent unrest in Kazakhstan underscores the risks of ignoring the root causes of political instability in the region.
Kazakhstan’s Unrest Leaves Behind a Traumatized Society
Overloaded hospitals are struggling amid a coronavirus spike.
Russian Propagandists Zero In on Kazakh Crisis
Intense interest by diplomats and state media underscores the significance of Russia’s intervention.
Kazakhstan Exposes the Central Flaw of Biden’s Foreign-Policy Doctrine
Lofty democratic rhetoric can’t compete with autocratic boots on the ground. That should make Washington uncomfortable.
Kazakhstan’s Protests Aren’t a Color Revolution
The country’s widespread popular demonstrations transcended class, region, and politics—making them distinct from those in Belarus and Ukraine.
Kazakhstan’s Instability Has Been Building for Years
As violence subsides, the country’s future remains uncertain.
3 Big Things to Know About the Russian-Led Alliance Intervening in Kazakhstan
The Collective Security Treaty Organization, explained.
Why Russia Sent Troops Into Kazakhstan
Moscow’s swift aid to a neighboring regime tracks with its wider strategic goals.
Kazakhstan’s Border With Russia Is Suddenly an Open Question Again
Moscow has long claimed parts of northern Kazakhstan. The country’s current turmoil makes those claims a lot more relevant—and troubling.
Will Unrest in Kazakhstan Inflame Tensions Between Russia and the West?
A sudden wave of protests has spooked the Kremlin and precipitated an unprecedented intervention by Moscow and its allies.
Central Asia Is Turning Back to Moscow
With the United States off the scene, Russia is more appealing than China.
Who Will Win the Global War for Talent?
After the Great Lockdown will come the next Great Migration.