A Not-So-New Kazakhstan

Amanat chairman Yerlan Koshanov addressing party members after exit poll data were released (Phot credit: Eurasianet) Written by Allan Millward Kazakhstan's snap election for its lower house, the Majilis, was conducted on March 19th and has since concluded. Despite President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's promises of "modernization" and a "New Kazakhstan" in response to protests last year,... Continue Reading →

Blinken’s Central Asian Charm Offensive

Written by Allan Millward March 12, 2023 US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was in Kazakhstan last week for a meeting of the C5+1 group, a diplomatic summit that consists of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the United States. All five Central Asian states are sandwiched between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic... Continue Reading →

Imprisoned President Allowed Medical Treatment in Kyrgyzstan

Written by Allan Millward March 5, 2023 In Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, the Pervomaisk district court has granted former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev permission to leave the country for medical treatment. This comes alongside another judicial victory for the embattled leader after the country’s Supreme Court annulled his 11-year sentence for corruption and abuse of power in... Continue Reading →

Modi Heckled by Opposition Over Adani

Written by Allan Millward India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives on the first day of the budget session in New Delhi, India, Source: Reuters Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the country's congress numerous times in the past few weeks. Most recently, sitting in the upper house, he was harassed by opposition lawmakers about his ties... Continue Reading →

Mosque Attacked by Pakistani Taliban

Written by Allan Millward February 5, 2023 Tragedy has struck Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan after a suicide bomber blew up a mosque killing more than 80 people and injuring around 217. The mosque was situated inside a police compound and attended mostly by law enforcement officials. Conflicting messages from the Pakistani Taliban or Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP)... Continue Reading →

Kazakhstan Announces Parliamentary Elections

by Allan Millward Kazakh President Qasym-Zhomart Tokayev Source:RFE/RL Almost a year after deadly anti-government riots engulfed the country, President Tokayev dissolved Kazakhstan's lower house of parliament, the Majjlis, and called for an election on March 19, 2023. The legislative election was initially slated for 2025 but was pushed up in response to last year's protests.... Continue Reading →

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