Articles by Andrew Korybko

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Dariga Nazarbayeva’s Departure Elicits A Calm Reaction From Global Media

Leading media outlets across the world reacted calmly, if at all, to Dariga Nazarbayeva’s sudden departure from her previous post as head of the Senate. The eldest daughter of former president Nursultan Nazarbayev, Nazarbayeva would have been next in line to assume the presidency should anything unexpected happen to incumbent president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, which is…

Kazakhstan’s COVID-19 Containment Policy Saved The Eurasian Land Bridge

Kazakhstan is faring better than most countries in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, which is very encouraging for the Central Asia region and raises optimism about its future after the crisis ends. The government closed its borders in the middle of March upon confirming its first case of the virus, after which it shut down its…