Articles by Jihad Azour

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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…

Reforming State-Owned Enterprises in Central Asia is Key for a Stronger Recovery

As the world economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Asia region faces an existential question. Will the pandemic usher in a new social contract that would help countries to emerge stronger and generate strong, sustainable, and inclusive growth that facilitates job creation and reduces poverty and inequality?  Or will countries waste the opportunity…

Improving Governance and Fighting Corruption for Inclusive Growth in the Caucasus and Central Asia

The COVID-19 health and economic crisis underscores, as few other major events in modern history have, the vital role of public institutions. When emergencies strike, it is the state’s responsibility to respond, especially when millions of lives and livelihoods are at stake. That is why ensuring that institutions are operating effectively and above all trusted…