February 22, 2019

Will Anti-Chinese Sentiment Mar Kyrgyzstan-China Relations?

The anti-Chinese sentiment has increased in Kyrgyzstan lately as three rallies protesting China’s policies were held in Bishkek from December 2018 to February 2019. The first one was held on December 20, 2018, near the Chinese Embassy. About 150 participants demanded to release ethnic Kyrgyz people from the so-called re-education […]
February 15, 2019

Hidden Pitfalls in Academic Publishing

The two main trends dominate today in the academic publishing world – the abandonment of the paper format of scientific journals in favor of electronic versions and the abandonment of paid subscription periodicals in favor of open access journals. In January 2019, one of the most prestigious international journals “Proceedings […]
January 29, 2019

General Socio-Economic Profile of the Turkestan Region and the City of Shymkent

On June 19, 2018, Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree according to which Shymkent became a city of republican status along with the cities of Almaty and Astana. The administrative center was moved to Turkestan, and the region was renamed from South Kazakhstan to Turkestan. Thus, Shymkent became the 17th region of […]
January 15, 2019

Petrolization, Financialization as Sources of Wage Differentials in Kazakhstan

According to the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the average monthly nominal salary in the fourth quarter of 2018 in Kazakhstan totaled 176,050 tenge ($465.7). The statistics revealed that the highest salaries were registered in the extractive sector where the average monthly salary is 390,400 tenge […]
January 15, 2019

Main Geopolitical Risks for Eurasia in 2019

If the end of a year is a reason to sum up, the beginning is an opportunity to try to understand what might happen in the near future. Making any predictions is always a risk, but they allow to outline the range of key events that require close attention. Moreover, […]
January 15, 2019

India’s 2019 Elections: What to Expect?

In April-May 2019, India, the world’s largest democracy, will experience its 17th national elections, thus midway through the pre-election race it would be interesting to overview the ongoing competition of the major parties and expectations of the electorate. Given that India, with more than 815 million people eligible to vote, represents […]
January 15, 2019

Istanbul’s Cultural Treasures

Concern for the complete and accurate reconstruction of the history of nations generates a particular interest in ancient and medieval manuscripts, in which this history is recorded. The proclamation of the value of knowledge and written monuments, the establishment of norms of languages and graphics and their high prestige, the […]
December 27, 2018

Global Arms Race: Forecast for 2019

The continuation of the military-political confrontation between Russia and the United States in 2019 increases the risk of the beginning of a new arms race and the collapse of the international strategic arms control system. A possible return to a Cold War style full-scale nuclear and missile race would inevitably […]
December 26, 2018

China Factor in Recent South Asian Politics

During the past few months, the South Asian region, home to one fourth of the global population and one of the least economically integrated regions in the world, faced several political and economic challenges that may have long-term consequences. One of the important factors in shaping both internal and external […]
December 22, 2018

An Analysis of Increasing Role of Kazakhstan in World Politics

After hosting the negotiations between Iran and P5+1 countries and acting as the mediator in the resulting political conflict after the plane crisis between Russia and Turkey, Kazakhstan also undertook the role of hosting the Astana negotiations aimed at bringing the Syrian war to an end. Nursultan Nazarbayev, who keeps […]