Industrial premises being disinfected in Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan city.
How Kazakhstan failed to deal with COVID-19 and became the first country to enter a second national lockdown.
Business as usual for the Tajik president, Emamoli Rakhmon, at the new year ‘Nowruz’ celebration in March.
Press service of the president of Tajikistan.
Censorship, repression and disinformation have characterised Central Asian responses to COVID-19.
Archaeologists investigate an ancient habitation site in western Mongolia, seeking clues to the early history of domestic horses.
Archaeologists have long argued over when and how people first domesticated horses. A decade ago, new techniques appeared to have provided answers – but further discoveries change the story again.
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Performances of prison life are commonplace nowadays in gulag museums. Visitors can vividly imagine it all – the tears, pain and despair.
China is moving into Kazakhstan, but who will benefit?
Both Kazakhstan and Russia look at China’s economic power with a mix of awe and alarm.
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Between them, Kazakhstan’s 18m people speak 117 languages but the country is opting for the Latin alphabet as it aims for wider global integration.
A bridge too far?
China’s One Belt, One Road initiative is holding international summit in Beijing, but no Western leaders have said they are coming yet.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev (here in 2012) used to his best interest technology in an attempt to shut down any political uprising.
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Forget old-school state propaganda. Kazakhstan’s government has reinvented itself through social media.
Protests in April and May galvanised the government to crack down on dissent.
The jailing of the two men shows the government of President Nursultan Nazarbayev well understands that it can no longer underestimate the power of new forms of civic activism.
Voting doesn’t mean much in Kazakhstan.
Donald Trump is wrong: the US election can’t be rigged. But it’s a different story in Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Gabon and Mexico.
Ak Orda, the President’s Residence in Astana.
An abundance of natural resources has helped Kazakhstan attract billions in investments. Despite its booming economy, the government is unlikely to move towards democracy any time soon.
The aftermath of an anti-terrorist raid in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Islamic State has been spreading its influence beyond the Middle East – and Central Asia could be in the firing line.
Will oil ever bounce back?
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What will be the economic and political fallout as oil continues its slide toward $20 a barrel?
Upholding Olympic values and ideals?
The International Olympic Committee will choose between two non-democratic countries – China and Kazakhstan – for the 2022 Winter Olympics. A sign of things to come?
Presidential palace in Kazakh capital Astana.
In this instalment of our series looking at Russia’s relations with the countries along its border, we reach Kazakhstan, Moscow’s closest ally in central Asia. Region specialist Julia Kusznir tells a story…
Worth it for cheap cotton?
The Aral Sea has reached a new low, literally and figuratively; new satellite images from NASA show that, for the first time in its recorded history, the largest basin has completely dried up. However…
Taking dictation: David Cameron vists Kazakh President Nazarbayev.
Why do states and societies collapse? Efforts to explain the hugely complicated conflicts in Syria and Libya have understandably placed heavy emphasis on these nations’ ethnic or tribal diversity. Writers…