Archive for the ‘Kazakhstan’ Category

Accelerating U.S. Trade With Kazakhstan

Via The Wall Street Journal, commentary on how a Cold War sanctions program, designed to help Soviet Jews, bars Kazakhstan from normal trade with the U.S.: Kazakhstan has been a free country for more than 30 years. A culturally Muslim former Soviet republic with a population of 19 million, modern Kazakhstan is a secular country […]

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Kazakhstan and Russia To Construct Gas Pipeline To China

Via Geopolitics in South Asia, a report on a planned Kazakh/Russian gas pipeline to China: Kazakhstan and Russia have established the route for a future gas pipeline to support shipments between the two countries and to China, Kazakhstan’s energy minister said on Tuesday. The pipeline would help Russia, hit by Western sanctions over its invasion […]

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Kazakhstan: Eurasia’s Next Middle Power

Via National Interest, a look at Kazakhstan’s rise as a middle power: Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is certainly on a path to enhance his country’s diplomatic profile by turning it into a “middle power,” a concept born during the Cold War to characterize states that “punch above their weight” in world politics. Considered to be […]

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Kazakhstan’s Ports: A Vital Node of the Middle Corridor

Via The Diplomat, a look at – while many issues are beyond Astana’s control – having modern and expanded ports will give Kazakhstan and the Middle Corridor a fighting chance at success: Kazakhstan is betting heavily on the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR), or Middle Corridor, as an alternative to reach European and international markets […]

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Railing Central Asia Into The World Economy

Via The Geopolitics, commentary on the potential that railway linkages offer Central Asia: If there is one key to unlocking the doors of any economy, it is certainly a railway. Since its invention and construction between Manchester and Liverpool in the United Kingdom, railways have dramatically boosted trade, which is why they also played high […]

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Opening A Trans-Caspian Corridor

Via Geopolitical Futures, an article on the potential opening of a trans-Caspian corridor: A trans-Caspian energy and trade corridor has long captured the interest of many nations that would benefit from its creation, and the war in Ukraine has made things only more urgent. The reasons it has never come to fruition are fairly obvious; […]

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