Kazakhstan

Algerians protest against former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in power, in Algiers on Mar. 1, 2019.

Demise of the Petrostates

The oil price crash is an existential threat to petrostates from Nigeria to Iran, where governments rely on oil wealth to stabilize power and pay off competing interests.

The now-demolished Camel Youth Hostel in Kashgar, Xinjiang

Xinjiang’s Hui Muslims Were Swept Into Camps Alongside Uighurs

Testimonies and eyewitness accounts suggest the mass incarceration of ethnic Hui in China’s northwest.

Seyil Eldos with his three younger brothers on the outskirts of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, on May 17. Eldos’s biological father died of a heart attack, and his mother married her husband’s younger brother, as is traditional. Eldos’s three brothers were born to the second marriage.

A Family Stranded by China’s Camps

Repression in Xinjiang leaves tens of thousands of children without parents.

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives a speech at a press conference after the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 27.

China’s Accidental Belt and Road Turns Six

The initiative that almost wasn’t still isn’t.

Kazakh president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks to the media during a press conference at Ak Orda Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan on June 10, 2019.

Kazakhstan’s Second-Ever President Can’t Tolerate Protest

Nazarbayev’s successor has an impressive foreign profile but a raft of domestic problems.

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Kremlin in Moscow, on Dec. 19, 2012. (Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Wants a Kazakh Retirement

Russia and Kazakhstan have plenty in common. Why not the transition plans for their longtime presidents?

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 7, 2018. (Greg Baker-Pool/Getty Images)

Nazarbayev Is Giving Up Presidency, Not Power, in Kazakhstan

The long-time autocrat's shock resignation kicks off an opaque succession process.

Gulnur Kosgeulet shows a photo of her husband, Ekpor Sorsenbek, whom she believes is in a re-education camp in Xinjiang, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 21. (Reid Standish for Foreign Policy)

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.

A Chinese police officer takes his position by the road near what is officially called a “vocational education and training program” in Yining, in Xinjiang, China, on Sept. 4, 2018. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

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.

Uali Islam shows photos of his wife Sairagul Sawytbai at his house in Baidibek village, Kazakhstan.  (Izturgan Aldauev/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Central Asia Struggles With Fallout From China’s Internment of Minorities

Kazakh case draws attention to plight of hundreds of thousands detained in Xinjiang

Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on May 9, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. (RIA Novosti via Getty Images)

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 picture shows a general view during a fifth round of Syria peace talks on July 5, 2017, in Astana.
Powerbrokers Russia, Iran and Turkey struggled on July 5 to hammer out details on a plan for safe zones in Syria at a fifth round of peace talks in the Kazakh capital. Moscow and Tehran, which back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and rebel supporter Ankara agreed in May to establish four "de-escalation" zones in a potential breakthrough towards calming a war that has claimed an estimated 320,000 lives since March 2011. / AFP PHOTO / STANISLAV FILIPPOV        (Photo credit should read STANISLAV FILIPPOV/AFP/Getty Images)

A New Round of Syria Talks Start in Astana

The trick this time will be to secure a ceasefire for Idlib province.

A wedding figurine of Qiudi Zhang and Askar Akhyltayev sits on a dresser at their home in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

A Silk Road Marriage

Are cross-cultural marriages the key to integrating a region?

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‘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.

The site of the Astana Expo 2017 on its second day of opening, June 11, 2017. The skyline is dominated by the vast Kazakhstan Pavilion.

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.

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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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