The Missing Gap of Context

Fol­low­ers of me on Twit­ter know I’m not a fan of some new types of jour­nal­ism cur­rently clog­ging the inter­tubes. I’ve been pretty up front about how I think “explana­tory jour­nal­ism” is more often nei­ther, and that the reliance on ani­mated GIFs to either make a point or a joke is mean­ing­less and dis­tract­ing when […]

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Kazakhstan’s Gilded Cage


For For­eign Pol­icy, I asked why Kaza­khstan, which is in the process of oppress­ing its civil soci­ety in a way it never did in the 90s, is get­ting such good PR. The inter­na­tional respectabil­ity has come, too, if a lit­tle more slowly. In 2010, Kazahk­stan chairedthe Orga­ni­za­tion for Sta­bil­ity and Coop­er­a­tion in Europe — the first post-Soviet state […]

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Kazakhstan’s quest for nuclear power relevance

Uranium mine in Kyzyl Kum, Kazakhstan

The for­mer Soviet states in Cen­tral Asia are often derided as back­wa­ters. But Kaza­khstan, the largest, is also tak­ing a lead­ing role in global nuclear secu­rity. The same coun­try where Moscow once exploded hun­dreds of nuclear weapons has spent the last half-decade aggres­sively expand­ing its ura­nium min­ing indus­try… and just this week, nego­ti­a­tions over Iran’s […]

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A lazy, ridiculous slur

Wash­ing­ton Free Bea­con writer Adam Kredo thinks I’m some­how con­nected to Chuck Hagel and Chevron and Kaza­khstan and… oh well, just read it. When Kazakhstan’s riot police slaugh­tered dozens of strik­ing oil field work­ers last year, Atlantic Coun­cil affil­i­ate Joshua Foust rushed to dis­credit the reports. Foust, a mem­ber of the Atlantic Council’s Young Atlanti­cist Working […]

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