Category Kazakhstan

Euromaidan protests : How are Central Asia and the Caucasus reacting?

For those who only casually followed events in Ukraine, the trajectory of pro-European protests to full-scale revolution, to the ousting of the President, and now Russian incursions into Crimea are confusing, scary and giving people flashbacks  of a time not so long ago, as the US breaks military ties with Russia and contemplates sanctions. This […]

10 Reasons the US Foreign Policy Community Can’t Afford to Ignore Eurasia

2014 is bound to be a year of pundits asking, ad nauseam, ‘What’s next for Afghanistan?” It’s an important question, especially with Iraq currently providing a harrowing harbinger of what can go wrong after a drawdown of US forces.  However, in the din surrounding the pull-out from Afghanistan, questions about strategy for the larger Central […]

Back in the USSR: The Rise and Demise of the Eurasian Union by Casey Michel

A CES Analysis Guest Post by Casey Michel Our thanks to Casey for contributing this great article (PDF), which tracks the rise and fall of Putin’s much-vaunted Eurasian Union – before it even really began. The founding members of the forth-coming Eurasian Union will include Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, but the union looks set to come […]

China’s New Central Asian Investments: A Quick Guide

China’s been busy lately. The Prime Minister of China, Xi Jinping toured of four of the Central Asian states. The story is well covered, and his tour is just one facet of China’s global resource grab. Earlier this week the news broke that China is renting 1/20th of Ukraine, or an area the size of Armenia, […]

CES on the Ground: An interview with Carolyn Drake, author of Two Rivers

We were lucky enough to snag an interview with Carolyn Drake, who created a beautiful photography book that looks at life along the two main rivers in Central Asia, the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya, over her years of travel in the region. The New Yorker recently wrote an article on the book and a […]

Central Asia’s Ambassadors to the US discuss WTO membership

On 13 February 2013, the John’s Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) held a panel event on the accession of the Central Asian countries to the WTO.  Ambassadors from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were all present: Kairat Umarov, ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the U.S.; Muktar Djumaliev, […]

Kazakhstan’s violent year, Uzbekistan cuts off gas to Tajikistan (again) and a tale of piety in Georgia

As documented earlier this year by CES contributor Casey Michel, Kazakhstan’s border services had a rough 2012 – there were two mass murders in May and on December 25, the head of the Border Service was killed in a transport plane crash. This article, from RFE/RL, By Kazis Toguzbaev and Daisy Sindelar, documents events on the border in 2012 in […]