Tokayev's Kazakhstan: A New Reform Agenda

Nov. 1, 2019, 1:00-2:30pm (registration required)
2nd Floor B, Center for Strategic & International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Join the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) for a talk on Kazakh President Kassymjomart Tokayev and Kazakhstan's direction after the resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev. 

This year’s transition of power in Kazakhstan marks a turning point for Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region as a whole. Following the resignation of Kazakhstan’s first President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, long-time Senate Speaker, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kassymjomart Tokayev won a June 2019 snap presidential election. Nazarbayev maintains a central role including chairing the National Security Council and recently gained additional influence over personnel appointments. While Tokayev has pledged continuity with Nazarbayev’s legacy, his September address to the nation also indicated a new urge for political reform, including what Tokayev labeled the “Listening State.”

Leading Kazakh analysts will provide their perspectives on Kazakhstan’s direction under President Tokayev. Registration is required and can be found on the event site.


Askar Nursha, dean, School of Public Policy and Law, Almaty Management University

Shavkat Sabirov, director, Institute for Security and Cooperation in Central Asia

Frederick Starr, chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program