Category: Central Asia

Kazakhstan Moves Front and Center

Kazakhstan Moves Front and Center

If stature and confidence are the making of a robust frontier-market story, then Kazakhstan may have a very good run. The local equity market has already gained about 28% in dollar terms this year. For diplomats, unfolding Kazakh-sponsored talks on the Syrian crisis spotlights the nation’s role on the global stage. For  More ►

Uzbekistan Offers Risk-Prone Allure

Uzbekistan Offers Risk-Prone Allure

A looming economic crisis could force the Uzbek president to enact long-overdue reforms. Shavkat Mirziyoyev has now taken office, following the death of strongman Islam Karimov. And while some expect the new leader to rubber stamp the autocracy, Mirziyoyev may upend convention. One telltale sign: He unexpectedly opened  More ►