By John C.K. Daly
Kazakhstan's Challenging Geopolitical Environment
Tuesday, 31 March 2015, from 5 to 7 PM (reception at 5 p.m., followed by main program at 5:30)
Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest economy, faces daunting geopolitical challenges. How will Kazakhstan address developments in Ukraine, the Eurasia Economic Union, and in Afghanistan? Three experts from Kazakhstan share their thoughts on these and related issues.
March 25, 2015
Kazakhstan’s decision to hold early presidential elections in April, a year ahead of time, comes at a time of turmoil for the country. Generally considered a success story of the post-Soviet space, Kazakhstan faces a number of simultaneous storms, ranging from the declining oil price and fallout of sanctions on Russia to the general geopolitical instability resulting from the Russian-Ukraine war and uncertainty concerning Afghanistan’s future. Against this background, the decision to hold the election a year ahead of time raises the question whether Kazakhstan’s prized stability is in question.