February 8, 2017

Environmental Situation in China

In recent years, the environmental situation in China has become a global issue. For decades, China has been focused on the industrial development of the country without any regard to the environment. Such negligence has led some areas of the country to the brink of natural disaster. Other countries neighboring […]
February 8, 2017

Kazakhstan’s National Operator for Oil Pipelines: Kaztransoil Operational Results in 2016

It is essential for the oil-rich Kazakhstan to ensure the progressive development of the export capacity in all the major export routes, as well as to secure transportation of oil and petroleum products to domestic markets. In order to provide oil transportation services and to operate the country’s oil pipeline […]
February 3, 2017

The Future of the Labor Market in Russia

Depopulation, aging and shrinking number of the working-age population are some of the biggest challenges which Russian labor market face today. The year 1995 is an important year for demographic dynamics in Russia because after that year number of population continuously decreased and according to forecasts it will fall even […]
January 18, 2017

Electricity Generation in Kazakhstan: Current Trends and Prospects

As an energy-rich developing country, Kazakhstan is deeply concerned over its ability to provide sufficient energy supply for sustainable economic growth. Kazakhstan’s energy mix is still dominated by fossil fuels. (Karatayev & Clarke, 2014) According to the Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company (KEGOC), in 2015 the lion share or 81.6% of […]
January 18, 2017

Russia-US Relations on the Doorstep of the Incoming Trump Administration

The first official reaction that came from Russia after Donald Trump’s victory over Hilary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election, demonstrated Moscow’s deep conviction that the President-elect would contribute to the fundamental reshaping of the Russian-US relations, recognizing Russia as an equal partner. The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and […]
December 23, 2016

Renewable Energy Potential of Iran

Iran has the fourth largest oil and second largest natural gas reserves. However, despite the rich hydrocarbon resources, lately, the country has shown a great interest in developing the renewable energy sector. In addition, under the Paris Agreement on climate change, Iran has made a commitment to decrease the amount […]
December 22, 2016

The Steering of the Higher Education System in Kazakhstan: The Perspectives of Autonomy in Universities

The marketization and neoliberal trends have called Kazakhstan to pay greater attention to the issue of university autonomy. Thus, the topic of university autonomy has been studied rather intensively. However, most of the studies mainly concentrated on the future perspectives of autonomy and formal tensions between the state and HEIs, […]
December 20, 2016

COP22: The Marrakesh Climate Change Conference*

The Marrakesh climate change conference was held in Bab Ighli, Marrakesh, Morocco on November 7-18, 2016. The conference took place right after the Paris Agreement on Climate Change entered into force on November 4, 2016. The conference in Morocco is the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) of the United Nations […]
October 19, 2016

Russia’s Immigration Policy: How Does it Affect Different Labor Migrant Groups?

With 12 million people migrating to Russia annually the country holds the second most popular migrant magnet destination title after United States (47 million) (UN, 2016). Russia sets apart from other migrant-receiving countries in terms of structure, profile and background of the migration influx to Russia. In usual cases, people […]
October 19, 2016

Russia-Uzbekistan Migration Agreement

Relations between the Central Asian countries and Russia integrated with each other in many aspects and one of them is labor migration from Central Asia to Russia. Labor migration from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Russia is essentially important for these remittance-dependent countries in Central Asia. For international migrants, Russia […]