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Why is China Moving Production Facilities to Kazakhstan?

The total number of industrial enterprises of China ranks first in the world. Currently, about 3/5 of the labor force working in heavy industry have generated half of the industrial output.[i]. More than half of the main public fund industry is concentrated in large cities with population over 500 thousand […]

Security Issues of the Caspian Sea Region

In the context of global security challanges that spread across the Middle East and North Africa dramatically reshaping the geopolitical landscape of the region more than anything else demonstrated the importance of ensuring  international and regional security. The newly unstable security environment has created an array of challenges for Eurasia […]

Alternative Energy Sources of Uzbekistan*

There is a huge potential for the development of renewable energy sources (RES) in Uzbekistan. While the World Bank statistics mention 100 percent access of the population to the electricity,[1] according to some estimates for about 1500 rural settlements of 1,5 million people are not properly connected to the central power […]

Internationalization of the Chinese Higher Education: The Case of Kazakhstan

China, with the largest population in the world of over 1.3 billion people, has moved into the second place in the world in terms of the size of its economy. The higher education sector has grown tremendously. Now China has a goal to accept 500,000 students by 2020 and the […]

Does the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route Bring New Opportunities for Ukraine?

After suspending the Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine from January 1, 2016, Russia imposed a food embargo on Ukraine and blocked the transit of Ukrainian goods heading to Central Asian countries and China. Under new regulations, the Ukrainian goods can be transported via Russian railways only in case if Ukraine’s […]

Oil Sector Development of Uzbekistan: from Net Exporter to Net Importer

Uzbekistan is a large producer of oil and oil products in Central Asia. The supplies, however, no longer meet the demand for oil products in the country. Because Uzbek authorities are guided by the belief of self-sufficiency and do not show willingness to import oil, its consumption level has been […]

Competing Interests of Iran and Kazakhstan in the Oil Market?*

Kazakhstan is rich for natural resources, especially crude oil. It possesses 30 thousand million barrels, which places it in the top 15 in the world’s ranking. The country is also one of the major producers with the daily production rate of 1701 thousand barrels in 2014 (top 20 major producers).1 More […]

New Format of Dialogue between the U.S. and Central Asian States: C5+1 Initiative

The decision of principle to launch a new dialogue format between the U.S. and Central Asian countries was made during the UN General Assembly in New York on September 26, 2015. After On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Ministers […]

Energy Investments in Kazakhstan: Plans for 2016

The economy of Kazakhstan faced with the challenge of adjusting to the oil price shock in 2015. With the oil price forecast of 40 dollar per barrel, the real economic growth rate is expected to be 2.1% in 2016. However, since 2015 the Government of Kazakhstan has been implementing a […]

Kazakhstan’s Countrywide Gasificaiton Initiatives are under Threat!

Kazakhstan enjoys abundance of energy resources, including natural gas. Yet, having possessed nearly 2 trillion cubic meters of gas, the production level in the country is rather limited. Kazakhstan consumes only half of its produced gas and exports the other half, because it lacks extensive internal gas supply networks to […]