Kazakhstan’s Second-Ever President Can’t Tolerate Protest
Nazarbayev’s successor has an impressive foreign profile but a raft of domestic problems.
Hong Kong’s Last Stand
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Putin Wants a Kazakh Retirement
Russia and Kazakhstan have plenty in common. Why not the transition plans for their longtime presidents?
Nazarbayev Is Giving Up Presidency, Not Power, in Kazakhstan
The long-time autocrat's shock resignation kicks off an opaque succession process.
Kazakhs Won’t Be Silenced on China’s Internment Camps
Activists are speaking out for those imprisoned in Xinjiang—even if their own government doesn’t like it.
Detainees Are Trickling Out of Xinjiang’s Camps
House arrest or forced labor awaits most of those released so far in what may be a public relations ploy.
Central Asia Struggles With Fallout From China’s Internment of Minorities
Kazakh case draws attention to plight of hundreds of thousands detained in Xinjiang
China’s Global Dreams Give Its Neighbors Nightmares
From Russia to Central Asia, Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative triggers bad memories of Chinese imperialism.
A New Round of Syria Talks Start in Astana
The trick this time will be to secure a ceasefire for Idlib province.
‘Our Future Will Be Violent Extremism’
Kazakhstan — Central Asia’s most stable state — is waking up to the fact that Islamic extremism has planted its roots and is here to stay.
Kazakhstan Spent $5 Billion on a Death Star and It Doesn’t Even Shoot Lasers
The Central Asian country built a futuristic city to host the World's Fair and polish its own brand. One small problem: it forgot to invite guests.
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.
Trump Reaches Out to Central Asia, Looking For a Back Door to Russia
President-elect Donald Trump made his first overture to former Soviet Central Asia and may looking for ways to mend ties with Moscow.
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.
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.
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.
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.