Tag Archives: Kazakhstan

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, […]

Casey Michel: A Year Since Zhanaozen

Apologies to Casey and our readers for the delay in posting this, it was written to be posted the 16th of December, to mark the anniversary of events in Zhanaozen, when 16 were killed and over 100 wounded in clashes between riot police and residents during an independence day gathering. As ever, thanks to @cjcmichel for his-always […]

CES On the Ground: A conversation with Kazakh director Ermek Shinarbaev, Steven-Charles Jaffe and Gulsara Mukataeva

CES was lucky enough to be able to discuss Kazakh film with the noted Kazakh director Ermek Shinarbaev, Producer Steven-Charles Jaffe and Sound Engineer Gulsara Mukataeva prior to a screening of the Kazakh film, Kelin, which is a story set in pre-historic Kazakhstan told without dialogue. It is not a silent film, rather dialogue simply […]

Georgia’s eccentric new Prime Minister, Alexander Cooley’s new book and power grids in Central Asia

The headliner for this round up is obvious – Georgia’s election. The tide is going to turn pretty quick on this one I suspect, with observers finding themselves glad for the opposition to have a voice, concerned with the turnout of the election. The New Titan Of Tbilisi – Shaun Walker, Foreign Policy: Like many, I was excited to […]

China’s Muslims, building up the Russian Army, Georgian prison scandals & the top judge in Kyrgyzstan

Some interesting stories out this week: Several Loud Cracks in an Almaty Bazaar – Casey Michel in The Tuquay: I’m willing to bet most people are dimly aware that there are Muslims in China, but very little is known about the Uyghurs, who are Turkic, Muslim Chinese. And very repressed, constantly monitored by the Chinese in […]

Water Wars in Central Asia

Earlier this week, President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan indicated that efforts by Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to build hydroelectric power stations on rivers that flowed into Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan could “spark war.” Water wars are a hot topic right now, with conflicts or potential conflicts brewing literally all over the world. US policy makers seem most […]