KCS County Risk & Threat Advisory Briefing: Kazakhstan Nov 2018

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Kazakhstan, stuck between Russia, China and the Middle East, currently stands in the centre of a literal and figurative crossroads. Economically, the largest landlocked country at the world could be on the brink of great change. As the dominant Central Asian economy, the announcement of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) policy has huge geopolitical ramifications for Kazakhstan and for Central Asia more broadly. Politically, however, Kazakhstan has been paralysed since its inception. It has still only seen one leader since independence. The dominance of state-run enterprises and corruption are still serious stumbling blocks; however, gradual change is palpable and even…

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