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Stress Tests for Kazakhstan

Europe and Central Asia Briefing N°74, 13 May 2015

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev attends his swear-in ceremony in Astana on April 29, 2015.

Kazakhstan’s wish for stability and continuity under long-serving President Nazarbayev trumps the will for political change, especially given turbulence elsewhere on Russia’s borders. But without economic reform, full ethnic equality and a political succession plan, the Central Asian country risks becoming another brittle post-Soviet state vulnerable to external destabilisation.

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Stress Tests for Kazakhstan, Europe and Central Asia Briefing N°74, 13 May 2015

Kazakhstan’s wish for stability and continuity under long-serving President Nazarbayev trumps the will for political change, especially given turbulence elsewhere on Russia’s borders. But without economic reform, full ethnic equality and a political succession plan, the Central Asian country risks becoming another brittle post-Soviet state vulnerable to external destabilisation.

Kazakhstan: Waiting for Change, Asia Report N°250, 30 Sep 2013

Resource-led economic growth cannot mask the need for reforms in Kazakhstan as labour unrest, social divisions and a growing Islamist movement threaten the country’s stability.