Kazakhstan

NEMETHY: Is the world heading towards a “polycrisis”?

Les Nemethy CEO and founder of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors October 5, 2022

According to historian Adam Tooze, we are currently potentially facing a “polycrisis”: a number of smaller to medium-sized crises in the world that have the potential to combine and reinforce each other.

Central Asians targeted in Russia’s desperate mobilisation drive

Eurasianet October 5, 2022

Rights activists insist Central Asian labourers are being conned.

Kazakhstan’s manufacturing PMI signals renewed contraction

Kanat Shaku in Almaty October 4, 2022

Period of growth comes to abrupt halt in September.

Kazakhstan: President pins week-long cyberattacks on foreign-based plotters

Eurasianet October 3, 2022

Tokayev says their intention is to derail his political reform agenda.

More pain stored up for Emerging Europe in 2023

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Government efforts to shield populations from the energy crisis and rampant inflation have shifted the economic impact to next year, says the EBRD as it downgrades GDP growth forecasts for 2023.

Kazakhstan shows generous side amid Russian stampede, but tensions are rising

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty September 27, 2022

Pressure to accommodate draft dodgers makes it difficult for a country that nationalists in Russia have targeted with veiled threats over claims to northern territories.

Kazakhstan offers Europe chance to kick its Russian uranium habit

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty September 26, 2022

Obstacle to hopes is Russia’s ownership of 40% of world's uranium conversion infrastructure, vital to making nuclear fuel.

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan warn citizens not to sign up to fight for Russia in Ukraine

bne IntelIiNews September 22, 2022

Warnings issued after opening of Moscow military recruitment centre for foreign citizens amid Putin’s announcement of partial mobilisation.

PANNIER: Putin arrived with little to offer an SCO summit that showed no real clout

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 18, 2022

Disparate interests of organisation’s member nations meant many major issues of the day could not even be discussed. But there was only one dominant member: China.

Kazakhstan: Police locate sense of humour, drop case against satirist

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet September 16, 2022

Most visitors to the Instagram account are aware it is not a news website.

Nuclear power's share dropped to record low in OECD, but solar jumped to record highs thanks to hot summer

bne IntelliNews September 16, 2022

Germany’s decision to take its nuclear power plants offline, coupled with production problems with France’s NPPs, saw the share of nuclear power in the OECD countries year to date fall to its lowest level ever, but solar boomed.

China warns against meddling in Kazakhstan ahead of Putin meeting

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet September 15, 2022

It sounded like Xi Jinping was warning Putin against any adventures in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan: Capital reverts to Astana, ending brief stint as Nur-Sultan

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet September 13, 2022

The city has changed name at least six times in its relatively brief history.

PANNIER: At Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, watch the action on the sidelines

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 13, 2022

Most important discussions and agreements at Samarkand gathering likely to concern regional connectivity, and the odd men out are Russia and Belarus.

Kazakhstan: Political reset or more old-style authoritarianism?

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet September 13, 2022

The president promises reform, but don't expect political pluralism.

GUSTAFSON: Russian oil exports – are sanctions working?

Professor Thane Gustafson in Washington September 11, 2022

Six months after the beginning of the Russian invasion, the “Devil’s Dance” of Western sanctions and Russian oil exports and revenues has barely begun. The main contest still lies ahead.

IMF: How food and energy are driving the global inflation surge

Philip Barrett economist for the IMF September 11, 2022

Global inflation was generally moderating when the pandemic began, and the downward trend continued into the early months of the crisis. But surging prices since late 2020 have pushed inflation higher than in all of the last five years combined.

Surveying Kazakh and Kyrgyz attitudes on Russia’s war

Eurasianet September 8, 2022

A new opinion poll offers a rare glimpse at how the war is perceived in Central Asia.

Kazakh copper kings ride the drive for net zero

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty September 7, 2022

Electric vehicle revolution has transformed the copper business. Surplus of metal likely to swing to deficit in coming years.

S&P cuts Kazakhstan outlook to negative amid fears of Russian hand on oil export tap

bne IntelIiNews September 7, 2022

Oil accounts for around 15% of Kazakh GDP. Russia has ability to block pipeline via which its neighbour transits 80% of its crude bound for global markets.

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