Significant Political Events in Central Asia Over the Week

Ermek Baisalov 20.06.19

The middle of June in Central Asia was marked by sequence of major political events. The region became the center of the world’s media attention for a while. The inauguration ceremony of the new president of Kazakhstan took place; Bishkek and Dushanbe organized international summits and welcomed distinguished guests.

The analytical platform CABAR.asia presents a brief overview of the most recent significant political events in the region.


Marius Fossum: The authorities of Kazakhstan need to start a dialogue with protesters

cabar.asia 13.06.19

“Instead of suppressing the protests, the authorities need to start a comprehensive dialogue with the protesters because further disregard of their claims can cause even more discontent and tension in the society,” human rights activist Marius Fossum said in the interview to cabar.asia. (more…)

Kyrgyz Communities in the United States: Beyond Myths and Stereotypes

«The links between Kyrgyz diaspora and the old country are complex, but it is hard to deny that its contribution is significant for economic development of Kyrgyzstan. Therefore, development of diaspora institutions both within the government and in the civil society merits consideration», – Ajar Chekirova, PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois in Chicago, wrote in her article for cabar.asia. 


“New” Modern Tashkent: a City of Dreams or a Post-Soviet Colonial Anti-Historical City?

«Philosophy of new Tashkent is to show the population and the whole world strength of the new government, which seeks to become “modernized”. Government authorities understand “modernity” in a way of struggle with history, and discontinuity with tradition. The population is imposed by a new way of thinking, which is highly based on praising the existing system», – notes Bakhtiyor Alimjanov, participant of cabar.asia School of Analytics, Candidate of Historical Sciences, and an independent researcher from Uzbekistan, in his article for cabar.asia. 


Azimjon Sayfiddinov: Tajikistan is Experiencing a Decline in The Activity of Civil Society Organizations

Suyuna Dadybaeva 07.06.19

«It is necessary to assign some state functions to civil society organizations. Outsourcing is already required for certain things», – notes Azimjon Sayfiddinov, director of the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA)–Tajikistan, in an interview for cabar.asia about the state of civil society in Tajikistan.


How to Slow Down Melting of the Glaciers in Kyrgyzstan by Means of Mountain Forests?

«Increasing the area of ​​perennial plantings in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan would have a positive effect on slowing down the melting process of glaciers in the region, as well as on CO2 uptake on the planet», – Azamat Temirkulov, associate professor, doctor of political sciences from Bishkek, wrote in his article for cabar.asia.


Kazakhstan and Green Economy: a Paradigm Shift or an Attempt to Give Out Desirable for Valid?

Yerlan Kassym 03.06.19

«For a successful transition to “green economy “the contribution of all parties is required: the government, industry and population. In case of non-participation or lack of motivation to participate in the fulfillment of the transition to a “green economy” of at least one side, the probability of their implementation will rush to zero», – Yerlan Kasym, an energy policy specialist from Nur-Sultan, writes in his article for cabar.asia.


Roman Vakulchuk: Strategic Forecasting vs. Scenario Planning

Ermek Baisalov 31.05.19

«Strategic forecasting fails to predict any radical change either in political or economic domains. The advantage of scenario planning is that this method makes decision-makers better prepared for a new reality», – Roman Vakulchuk, a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), former employee of the Shell Oil Company (Royal Dutch Shell), a trainer on scenario planning, said in the interview to cabar.asia.


Review of Recent Significant Political Events in Central Asia

The last week of May in Central Asia was full of large-scale national events. The region met delegations and representatives of various countries, the anniversary meeting of EAEU took place at Nur-Sultan, and bilateral fruitful meetings were held.

The analytic platform cabar.asia presents a brief review of the week’s most significant political events in the region.


Elections in Kazakhstan: the “Magnificent” Seven – Each About His Own

Gaziz Abishev 29.05.19

In the coming days, early presidential elections will be held in Kazakhstan. For the first time since the country’s independence, the surname “Nazarbayev” will not be on the presidential ballot. The full registered candidates turned out to be seven people, including the current president, the first female presidential candidate, a communist, two national patriots, an agricultural official and a trade union official.