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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev attends a joint press conference during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Qingdao city, east China’s Shandong province, June 10, 2018 (Photo by Ge Jin for Imaginechina via AP Images).

Is Kazakhstan Preparing for a Post-Nazarbayev Era?

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

Since he turned 78 in July, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has appointed a number of new ministers to his Cabinet, fueling speculation about whether he will run for another term in elections scheduled for 2020. Such speculation is not new in Kazakhstan, but given Nazarbayev’s advanced age, observers fear that without a clearly defined succession plan, the country’s stability could deteriorate. In an email interview with WPR, Paul Stronski, a senior fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, discusses Kazakhstan’s political outlook.

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