I play a game of Risk with my son using the real distribution of great power military bases around the world.
Finding Nazarbayev’s successor: What are the prospects of Dariga Nazarbayeva, “Kazakh Putin” Samat Abish and interim president Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev?
The “Kazakhstan transition” has been expected for years. Although it was widely predicted, no one – inside or outside of Kazakhstan – could guess exactly when it would happen.
Kazakhstan’s ruler of 30 years Nursultan Nazarbayev has gone. Only he’s not gone. And ordinary Kazakhs who’ve lived through three “Soviet-groomed” decades don’t hold out much hope a handpicked successor will change much about their lives.
The last three decades have been a remarkable but flawed exercise in nation building.