OPINION-Human rights and civil liberties in Kazakhstan: A matter of efficiency? – THE FOREIGN POLICY CENTRE
On June 10th 2021, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree to improve the country’s human rights record. He emphasised the rights of citizens with disabilities and victims of human trafficking as priority areas, in addition to ensuring the right to freedom of association, expression, and ‘public order’. The decree comes on the heels of two years of heightened dissent and protests in Kazakhstan, so what are the prospects for reform in the realm of civil liberties?
Aug 10, 2021
OPINION-Central Asia and Afghanistan: Old Fears, Old Actors, New Games-RUSI
The countries of Central Asia have reason to be concerned about Afghanistan in the wake of the Western withdrawal. Yet it remains unclear how they will mitigate the security risks, and what major power support to do this might look like.
Jul 29, 2021
Improving Dispute Resolution and Prevention Mechanisms: The Story of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s focus on improving investor dispute resolution and prevention mechanisms has been an essential element of this success. A great deal has been done in recent years. Many countries around the world, especially those that have passed through similar transitions from other non-capitalist economic systems in their recent history, can draw useful lessons from Kazakhstan’s experience.
Jul 18, 2021
OPINION- Kazakhstan’s Alternative Media Is Thriving—and in Danger -FOREIGN POLICY
In Kazakhstan this week, the film director Oliver Stone presented his latest documentary, Qazaq: History of the Golden Man, an eight-hour hagiographic ode to the autocrat Nursultan Nazarbayev—a particularly grotesque move in a country where the government has been systemically stifling media ever since declaring independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Jul 16, 2021
OPINION-Escape from Empire: Ukraine’s post-Soviet national awakening
From the very beginning, Ukraine’s post-Soviet nation-building journey has been defined by competition between rival narratives that have sought to place the country within Russia itself. Conversely, the Western world has never quite managed to make up its mind about Ukraine and has generally adopted a cautious approach.
Jul 9, 2021