Latest Articles about Central Asia

Kazakhstan Launches ‘Cyber Shield’ Concept

The government of Kazakhstan has approved an action plan, on October 28, to implement the country’s cybersecurity concept—“Cyber Shield”—by 2022 (, November 1). The document outlines key areas of state policy that will be required to build a modern yet reliable system to mitigate and... MORE

Kremlin Ties Rosneft Closer to China

Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft continues to think big and strike major deals on the global stage. It recently announced a program to sell bonds worth 1.3 trillion rubles ($22.53 billion) (Vedomosti, October 26). This gargantuan bond sale will not be used merely for domestic... MORE

Kazakhstan’s Navy to Develop Anti-Terrorism Capacities

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, in 1991, the four new countries that emerged around the northern Caspian shore—Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan—along with their southern neighbor Iran have been developing their offshore hydrocarbon reserves. This scramble for natural resources has, in turn, raised... MORE

Kazakhstan Adopts New Military Doctrine

President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree, on September 29, adopting Kazakhstan’s new Military Doctrine. The document outlines key priorities in military security for the Central Asian republic (, September 29;, October 9). Interestingly, the doctrine itself received almost no public attention inside Kazakhstan. Several... MORE