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Latest Kazakhstan News

Kazakh President and presidential candidate Nursultan Nazarbaev applauds as he attends a session of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan in Astana on April 23.

Nazarbaev Sails Toward Reelection

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has completed his 25th year as president, two days before an election that appears certain to prolong his rule. More

Dozens Injured In Almaty Bridge Collapse

A highway bridge under construction has collapsed in Kazakhstan, injuring 19 workers in the country’s largest city, Almaty. More

Kazakhs Reject Moscow's Single Currency

A senior Kazakh official says the Central Asian nation will not accept a single currency in a trade bloc championed by Moscow. More

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Holds Military Drills In Kyrgyzstan

Special forces from Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states are holding joint military maneuvers in Kyrgyzstan. More

Moderate Syrian Rebels Ask Kazakhstan To Host Opposition Talks

Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry says several Syrian opposition groups have asked President Nursultan Nazarbaev to host talks with opposition delegates in a bid to resolve Syria's civil war. More

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Latest Blog Posts

The European Union, The Southern Corridor, And Turkmen Gas

With the EU's Southern Gas Corridor project to bring gas from the Caspian Basin to Europe taking on increased importance, we spoke with Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission vice president "in charge of energy union" who is currently spearheading the EU's efforts to realize for the SGC. More

Why Did No One From Western Kazakhstan Show Interest In Running For President?

Considering the region's economic and strategic importance, it is somewhat surprising that no one from western Kazakhstan seems to be interested in running for president. More
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Features & Commentary

New Chinese Bank Becomes Major Headache For U.S.

China's decision to establish a new China-led development bank for Asia is causing major headaches in Washington. As countries -- including, now, Russia -- rush in to join the bank before a March 31 deadline, the United States looks increasingly isolated.

U.S. Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

The State Department says it has completed a review of U.S. policy toward Central Asia at a time of economic and political uncertainty in the region.

Kazakhstan Suspends Measles Vaccination Campaign After Many Students Fall Ill

A compulsory measles-vaccination campaign has been suspended in Kazakhstan after some 100 teenagers reportedly fell ill after being inoculated. Despite protests by parents, however, health authorities are determined to resume the campaign within days.

Timeline: Rakhat Aliev's Fall From Grace

Rakhat Aliev rose to the pinnacle of political power in energy-rich Kazakhstan as the son-in-law of President Nursultan Nazarbaev. But when he fell, he fell hard. We look at the key events leading to Aliev's reported suicide in a Vienna prison on February 24.
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