Interviews / Kazakhstan

Ambassador Nicholas Brousseau: Canada and Central Asia –so much in common!

Ermek Baisalov 07.09.20

Nicholas Brousseau, Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, spoke in an interview with CABAR.asia about cooperation priorities with  the countries in the region, features shared by Central Asian nations and Canada, and why inclusion and diversity are critical to addressing the challenges of the modern world.

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Deadlock over alimony payments: why Kazakhstan cannot solve the problem of alimony payments?

Gulnaz Mustafa 27.08.20

In 2019, nearly 200 thousand alimony claims were in progress, according to the department for 
execution of court decrees of the ministry of justice of Kazakhstan. Out of them, nearly 14 
thousand claims are deemed bad. About one third of 14 thousand do not make alimony 
payments at all. (more…)

What is the Situation with Religious Education in Central Asia? Interview with Sebastien Peyrouse

Ermek Baisalov 23.07.20

«The Central Asian governments need to get out of a mindset that still retains the Soviet legacy of separation of state and religion understood as the prohibition of religion interfering in affairs of the state, but under which the state has the right to control all, or the majority of, religious activities» – said Sebastian Peyrouse, research professor of the Central Asian Program at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Relations in the interview with CABAR.asia.

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Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act. Interview with Sean Roberts

Ermek Baisalov 22.06.20

On June 17, US President Donald Trump signed into law on sanctions against China. The document imposes sanctions on those who are responsible for human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. Dr Sean R. Roberts, an American anthropologist, researcher on Central Asia and Uyghurs, director of the International Development Studies Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Relations in an interview with CABAR.asia explains what does the new law mean.

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Sharipbai Utegenov: Veterans of Afghan War Unhappy with Law They Expected for 20 Years

Why Kazakhstan veterans of Afghan War are unhappy with the law “On veterans” to be adopted in their country, what should it contain in their opinion, and how they are going to achieve that. These are the things that were told to CABAR.asia by Sharipbai Utegenov, a chair of the Union of Veterans of Afghan War and local wars of Kazakhstan and a deputy chair of the Committee for Internationalist Soldiers Affairs of the council of the heads of CIS member state governments.

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Dr Troy Sternberg: The Biggest Issue is Not an Environment, It’s the Management

Ermek Baisalov 18.03.20

Dr Troy Sternberg, British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Oxford University (UK), on an interview with CABAR.asia told about why there are conflicts between residents and investors in the mining sector, the environmental threats of Central Asian countries and the role of water in nature.

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Pascal Lorot: France – a Perfect Partner for Central Asian States

Special representative of the French government for economic diplomacy in Central Asia Pascal Lorot told in the interview to CABAR.asia about the strategic role of Central Asian countries for France, priority directions of cooperation, as well as the countries it develops more actively with and why. (more…)

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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