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.
«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.
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.
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.
«The process of emigration does not have any significant effect on the demographic indicators of the population in Kazakhstan. In Kazakhstan, there is no threat of depopulation and aging of the nation», – Olga Simakova, Almaty-based sociologist, writes in her article.
«Due to the historical background, the Kazakhstanis have fear of the nuclear power. Internal resistance and justified fear of this industry cast doubts on the consensus on this issue» – said Aslan Nurzhanov, a project manager of the Centre for Social Interaction and Communications and a participant of the School of Analytics cabar.asia.
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«The sneering attitude towards democratic procedures and the rule of law is the predominant feature of both the mass consciousness and the worldview of elites in the post-Soviet space. Maybe, therefore, the real democratic political systems that we have are more likely exceptions than the rule?», – notes an economist from Tashkent Yuli Yusupov in his article for cabar.asia.
«Scientific collaboration at the regional level is essential to study and solve many problems in Central Asia. Currently, collaborative work is done in few areas only», – notes Kazakhstan-based researcher Kairat Moldashev in his special article for cabar.asia.
«Despite the active government support, significant problems still remain in Kazakh agriculture», – notes Kazakh researcher Nailya Almukhamedova in her article, specifically written for analytical platform cabar.asia.
«Equal access for all social groups to quality pre-school and primary education is the key to sustainable development, both for the individual and society as a whole», – notes Meruert Seidumanova, independent researcher from Kazakhstan, in her special article for cabar.asia.