Azimzhan Khitakhunov

Azimzhan Khitakhunov

Senior Research fellow

Azimzhan Khitakhunov is a research fellow at the Eurasian Research Institute. He has received his bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Ph.D. degree was completed in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy). Currently, he is a senior lecturer at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Higher School of Economics and Business, Economics Department, where he teaches macroeconomics related disciplines. His research experience includes participation as a research fellow in the government financed f

Staff's Publications


July 28, 2021

Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan

International trade plays a crucial role for Uzbekistan. The country has been one of the most important suppliers of agricultural products, including cotton, fruits, and vegetables. Since independence, Uzbekistan started to conduct gradual reforms. Import-substitution policy with strong protection of the internal market were the features of the country’s economy. […]
June 8, 2021

Macroeconomic Effects of Infrastructure Development

Many developing countries in the Eurasian region are in search of economic growth drivers. The previous growth models mainly based on fuel exports can no longer guarantee sustainable development due to ongoing structural transformations in the global economy. Renewable energy investments demonstrate high growth rates. Gradual substitution of traditional energy […]
May 11, 2021

Mutual Effects of Climate Change and Agriculture

Climate change remains one of the most important challenges and threats for humanity. It has substantial economic costs. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are externalities and represent the biggest market failure the world has seen [Stern, 2008].  Negative impacts of climate change vary across different sectors. Agriculture remains one of the […]
April 17, 2021

Economic Effects of Renewable Energy Development

Renewable energy development is one of the key priorities for both developed and developing countries. Many studies focus on renewable energy-climate interaction [Jones and Warner, 2016]. At the same time, benefits from renewable energy development are wide. They vary from job creation to its positive contribution to economic growth. Renewable […]
April 11, 2021

Turkey’s Foreign Trade Policy and Dynamics

International trade plays an important role in Turkey’s economy. Export remains a significant source of revenue for the country. Turkey is an important supplier of agricultural, manufacturing and technological products to the global market. Therefore, this commentary aims to analyze the dynamics of Turkey’s foreign trade, show its key trade […]
March 17, 2021

Trade between Turkey and Central Asia

Central Asia is a region of increasing competition between great powers such as Russia, China and the United States. Eurasian integration with active participation of Russia, China-led One Belt – One Road initiative, and the United States’ proposals such as the New Silk Road are in the focus of many […]
February 19, 2021

Analysis of the Global Wheat Market

Agriculture plays an important role in the global economy. Its functions are broad and include provision of food security, triggering of economic and industrial growth, poverty reduction, narrowing of income disparities, delivery of environmental services and structural transformations [Byerlee et al., 2009]. In the period of economic and political shocks, […]
February 19, 2021

Agriculture of Turkey: Production, Trade and Policy Reforms

Turkey has been one of the fastest growing economies for several decades despite the recent slowdown and economic crisis. Many sectors of Turkey’s economy experienced significant transformations. Agriculture became one of the most important sectors, which provided not only food security, but also a significant amount of revenues from exports. […]
January 17, 2021

An Overview of Agricultural Development of Russia

Agriculture remains one of the most important sectors in Russia’s economy and the country’s authorities perceive it as one of potential economic growth drivers. The sector experienced significant decline during the 1990s, but started to recover in the 2000s. During the last decade, the country’s agriculture demonstrated steady growth.  After […]
January 10, 2021

An Analysis of Economic Cooperation between Russia and Tajikistan

Economic cooperation with Russia remains important for Central Asia despite claims about its diminishing role in the region. Trade and in-vestment partnership with Russia significantly contribute to the region’s economic performance. A country-by-country analysis shows that Russia’s bilateral economic relations with Kazakhstan are historically strong. It plays an important role […]