The unprecedented unrest roiling the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan—which is home to some of the world’s largest oil reserves and borders both Russia and China—is raising concerns about stability and shifting power balances in the region. Protests triggered by a rise in fuel prices have surged across the country, prompting the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization to deploy troops to the country—the first time in the history of the alliance that its protection clause has been invoked.
On Thursday, January 13, CNAS hosted a special event on the situation in Kazakhstan with experts on Central Asia and Russia. With an already fragile region now at risk of further instability, how should the U.S. and the West respond? How does Russia's latest move in Kazakhstan further its larger goals, and does Washington have the leverage it needs? And where does China come in?
Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program, CNAS
Former Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for South and Central Asia
Director, Transatlantic Security Program, CNAS
Former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia, National Intelligence Council (NIC)
Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for international Peace
Former National Security Council Director for Russia and Central Asia
Special Correspondent for Eurasia
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Chief Executive Officer, CNAS