Interviews / Kazakhstan

Edil Osmonbetov: The Power of Central Asian States in Their Unity

Bermet Nasirova 26.11.19

Edil Osmonbetov, a Kyrgyz political scientist and international relations expert, shared his views on the upcoming Tashkent summit of the heads of Central Asian states. (more…)

Political Exiles from Central Asia: What Drives People to Forced Migration?

Ermek Baisalov 30.10.19

In addition to a large flow of labor migrants from Central Asia, there is a considerable number of people who were constrained to leave their native lands in foreign countries.. Scientists at the department of Politics of the University of Exeter have created and maintain the database of political exiles from the Central Asian countries. This project collects data on extraterritorial security measures undertaken by the five Central Asian states, as well as threats to human rights violations and problems faced by people in exile and opposition movements abroad. Analytical platform CABAR.asia has interviewed the leaders of this project, researchers Dr. John Heatershaw and Dr. Saipira Furstenberg about political exiles, reasons of forced migration from the region, and features of the database.

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Ole Johan Bjørnøy: We Deliver the Same Message – Transparency and Lack of Corruption

Ermek Baisalov 22.10.19

«If you can combat corruption and nepotism and all these things, then business finds interest in going places»,  – said H.E. Ole Johan Bjørnøy, Norwegian Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, in the interview to CABAR.asia analytical platform.

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Arastun Orujlu: Central Asian Experience of Working with “Returnees” from Syria is Useful for Azerbaijan

Elena Kosolapova 19.09.19

“Participation of CIS in radical groups fighting in Syria, Iraq and some parts of Afghanistan is a common issue for all CIS states. Joint efforts would facilitate the fight against this phenomenon and terrorism in general,” Arastun Orujlu, Azerbaijan-based expert in security issues, former officer of the Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan, and head of the Vostok Zapad think tank, said in the interview to CABAR.asia.
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Olga Gulina: You Do Not Have to Stop the Migration, You Have to Learn How to Manage It

Ermek Baisalov 27.06.19

“If a country provides its citizens with a decent quality of life and everyone is guaranteed a minimum of rights and freedoms regardless of social, religious or gender status, no one will voluntarily leave the country for many years to migrate in search of a better life.” – said Olga Gulina, Doctor of Laws, director and founder of RUSMPI UG – Institute on Migration Policy in an interview for the analytical platform CABAR.asia.

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Marius Fossum: The authorities of Kazakhstan need to start a dialogue with protesters

cabar.asia 13.06.19

“Instead of suppressing the protests, the authorities need to start a comprehensive dialogue with the protesters because further disregard of their claims can cause even more discontent and tension in the society,” human rights activist Marius Fossum said in the interview to CABAR.asia. (more…)

Roman Vakulchuk: Strategic Forecasting vs. Scenario Planning

Ermek Baisalov 31.05.19

«Strategic forecasting fails to predict any radical change either in political or economic domains. The advantage of scenario planning is that this method makes decision-makers better prepared for a new reality», – Roman Vakulchuk, a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), former employee of the Shell Oil Company (Royal Dutch Shell), a trainer on scenario planning, said in the interview to CABAR.asia.
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Filippo Costa Buranelli: The Central Asian States are Pursuing Their Own Way of Cooperation

cabar.asia 30.04.19

«Central Asian states do not need another organization to cooperate, but rather they need something more flexible, like an informal club between them to regulate and open discussion» – notes Filippo Costa Buranelli, researcher and assistant professor in international relations at University of St.Andrews, in his interview for CABAR.asia.
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Nazarbayev Plans His Legacy

How will Kazakstan’s leader be remembered for his 30 years in power? (more…)

Askar Nursha: Tokayev Has Chances to Become the Next President of Kazakhstan

Ermek Baisalov 21.03.19

«It will be a kind of probation period for Tokayev because the quality of his performance during this time will show if he could be seen as the key player in the election by the political establishment», – states Kazakhstan-based political analyst, Askar Nursha, in the interview to CABAR.asia.
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