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.