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Eastern Express 21.11

Early presidential elections in Kazakhstan resulted in the resounding victory of incumbent Kazakh President Kassym Jomart Tokayev. But why was the snap elections held, and what does it mean for Kazakhstan and the rest of the world?

Following the start of Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine, Kazakhstan’s been on a course of systematic emancipation from hitherto dominant Russian influence. This is based on cooperation with China and Turkey in the post-Soviet Central Asian region. Kazakhstan has long balanced between economic cooperation with China and basing its security policy on agreements with Russia.

What more role does Kazakhstan play on a geopolitical level, and how does the political move impact the country and the rest of the world? Find out more by tuning into this episode of Eastern Express.

Eastern Express’ guest

Bruce Pannier of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty was our guest on Eastern Express

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