Kazakhstan

bneGREEN: Global coal plans collapse by 76%

By Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 16, 2021

The global pipeline of proposed coal power plants has collapsed by 76% since the Paris Agreement in 2015, bringing the end of new coal power construction into sight, new research by green think-tank E3G finds.

bneGreen: Finland’s Betolar develops green cement as construction races to decarbonise

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 15, 2021

Finland’s Betolar is pioneering the production of low-carbon cement by using alternative industrial waste products in a process that could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80%.

Chinese geneticists link Kyrgyz to Pakistanis, while raising thorny ethical questions

David Trilling for Eurasianet September 14, 2021

The DNA was collected in western China’s police state, Xinjiang. Could the subjects have said no without fearing retribution?

Memoir | 9/11 shifted the world. In Central Asia, diplomatic frenzy ensued

Richard E. Hoagland for Eurasianet September 10, 2021

Behind the scenes with an American negotiator who helped forge a radical new level of US engagement in Central Asia after 9/11.

Process to admit Iran into Shanghai Cooperation Organisation ‘set to begin’

bne IntelIiNews September 9, 2021

Islamic Republic applied to join as far back as 2008 but sanctions have hindered its path. Move to obtain membership may still meet additional obstacles.

Intense fighting in Afghanistan's Panjshir between Taliban and NRF rebel forces

bne IntelIiNews September 7, 2021

Intense fighting continues in the northern Afghanistan province of Panjshir, where rebel forces are resisting the Taliban takeover.

Kazakh annual CPI inflation at 8.7% in August

bne IntelIiNews September 6, 2021

Price growth driven by annual food inflation, which stood at 11.4%.

Unpacking Eurasia’s role in the Afghanistan evacuation

Eurasianet September 3, 2021

Most of the countries Eurasianet covers were involved in the airlift. Some even contributed troops during the 20-year war.

EV market may create copper deficit

Dimitri Frolowsckii of Neo September 3, 2021

Auto fleets' shift to electric vehicles in a global drive to cut carbon emissions will involve a drawdown on copper that could transform markets, and spur additional supply.

bneGREEN: CBAM to have less bite than bark

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 1, 2021

The cost of the EU’s proposed CBAM may turn out to be less than initially feared by exporters into the EU, a new report from Sandbag and E3G, two pro-green think-tanks, have found.

Only tough options for Afghans looking to escape north or west

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 29, 2021

The UNHCR has estimated half a million could attempt to flee Taliban rule by year-end, but Central Asia, Iran and Turkey will prove far from welcoming.

Huge explosions at military warehouse injure 66 in Kazakhstan

Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 27, 2021

More than a 1,000 people evacuated from nearby settlements. It is the country’s second such incident in two years.

Kazakhstan wheat redirected away from Afghanistan

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet August 26, 2021

Iran and Georgia considered as alternatives.

Russia moves to take control of Afghan talks after Taliban takeover

bne IntelIiNews August 20, 2021

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has proposed to restart the “Moscow format” talks with the Taliban.

Kazakhstan set to lose quarter of grain crop as drought hammers Eurasia

Kanat Shaku in Almaty & Akin Nazli in Belgrade, Will Conroy in Prague August 19, 2021

Drought hits main grain-producing regions, pushing up food prices and forcing Iran to import wheat for first time in five years.

Can China tap Afghanistan’s lithium treasure?

Cameron Jones in London August 19, 2021

Afghanistan has hundreds of millions of dollars of hard-to-find lithium deposits in dusty ground. Following the Taliban sweeping to an effortless victory in the country, it is China that is best positioned to exploit the resource.

MOSCOW BLOG: Taliban say all the right things at their first press conference – perhaps too right?

Ben Aris in Berlin August 18, 2021

The Taliban gave its first proper press conference yesterday where they didn't not just say the right things, they said exactly the right things. Some are speculating if it has been given professional PR advice as the message is a little too perfect.

MOSCOW BLOG: The Afghan failure – bombs & cash vs institution building

Ben Aris in Berlin August 18, 2021

A chaotic first day of the new regime in Kabul. The images coming out of Kabul airport are going to become iconic. As bad as, if not worse than, those that came out of Saigon.

Kazakhstan freezes apparent Afghan refugee plans amid grumbling

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet August 17, 2021

Thoughts have now turned to bolstering security.

Afghan president reported to have fled with helicopters full of cash amid chaotic scenes at airport

Ben Aris in Berlin August 16, 2021

Taliban appear to be standing back to allow the evacuation effort, while fear grips Kabul.

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