Kazakhstan - 03

Caspian And Central Asia: Astana Aims to Build on Successes in 2016

On 20 January President Nazarbayev signed a decree calling for early elections for the lower chamber of the national parliament (Majilis), which will be held on 20 March this year. Previously, the parliament was supposed to end its tenure in fall 2016, and elections were planned for year-end. This decision was fully supported by the

Azerbaijan - 04

Azerbaijan: Emboldened by Russia and Turkey, Azerbaijan Moves away from West

On 4 December Presidential Chief of Staff Ramiz Mehdiyev released a 60-page report blaming the US for pursuing modern colonialism and accused employees of Radio Free Europe’s Azerbaijan service and several other leading liberal media outlets of treason. In the report, titled “The World Order of Double Standards and Modern Azerbaijan,” Mehdiyev also attacked an

Azerbaijan - 02

Caspian and Central Asia Region Buffeted by Declining Rouble and ISIL Threat

In an 11 November national address, President Nursultan Nazarbayev suggested that Kazakhstan would face a challenging next few years and ordered the government to prepare for 2015 with a special 50-day program. Nazarbayev cited growing global and regional turbulence that is likely to affect Kazakhstan, including: the changing global security landscape; the growth of the

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Azerbaijan: Southern Gas Corridor Update

Horizon’s contacts indicate that the international consortium developing the Shah Deniz (SD) field is eager for Petronas to join after Statoil’s departure. SOCAR and its Western partners are accustomed to working with Iranian and Russian minority shareholders and are keen to partner with a cash-rich industry leader. Additionally, Petronas already has producing assets in Block