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Articles by Adil Nurmakov

Born October 17, 1978, Adil is a graduate of the International Relations department of the Almaty State University, holding a Ph.D. in Political Science. He has worked for international organizations in Almaty and Moscow. Since 2007 he has been the director of the Competitiveness Research Center (http://www.rating-kz.info), the Central Asia regional editor for Global Voices Online (http://www.globalvoicesonline.org), and Kazakhstan coordinator for neweurasia. In his many capacities he has been a participant of several international conferences and author of numerous research papers and articles. An active internet enthusiast, in 2007 Adil was named Kazakhstan’s best blogger by MediaNet/Soros and Hivos. Check out his personal blog and projects @ http://adam-kersher.livejournal.com, http://www.alatoday.info, and http://www.moblog.kz.

Kazakhstan: Rumors and Crises
Monday, 11 Aug, 2008 – 7:44 | One Comment

The Kazakhstani bloggers always closely keep an eye on economic developments, justifiably linking the problems in development with shortcomings of the political system, poor governance and weak investments in human capital.
What still causes sincere amazement …

Friday Photo: Hot Traffic
Friday, 8 Aug, 2008 – 10:50 | One Comment



Eastern Turkestan Unease
Monday, 4 Aug, 2008 – 9:16 | 2 Comments

Eastern Turkestan, as the Uighur separatists call the territory on the West of China, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region bordering Kazakhstan, remains a big problem for Beijing, often underestimated by the world media against the …

Friday Photo: Almaty’s Bayterek
Friday, 1 Aug, 2008 – 7:54 | No Comment
Aliyev, America and New Parliament
Monday, 28 Jul, 2008 – 9:21 | 3 Comments

The Rakhat Aliyev’s most recent exposure in the media was dedicated to the U.S. Helsinki Commission’s hearings on Kazakhstan. The exiled former presidential son-in-law accused Nazarbayev of corruption, and this obviously impressed the participants of …

Kazakhstan: Astana Birthday
Monday, 21 Jul, 2008 – 12:59 | 4 Comments

Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, has become such ten years ago, moved from the country’s largest city Almaty. It is believed to be a pet city for the president of Kazakhstan, who is often …

Kazakhstan: Olympics Blogwatch
Monday, 21 Jul, 2008 – 10:29 | One Comment

On the eve of the Beijing Olympiad, the Kazakhstani bloggers discuss what chances their country has to performs decently in summer sports.
The composition of Russian olympic team is public for a long time already, including …

Hot Blog: A Momentary Relapse of Reason
Monday, 21 Jul, 2008 – 9:51 | No Comment

Here is a new blog called “A Momentary Relapse of Reason”. It is in English and written by an American, who has just moved to Almaty, Kazakhstan nearly a year ago. Here’s a small self-presentation …

The Rise of Kazakh Military
Thursday, 17 Jul, 2008 – 10:33 | One Comment

Kazakhstan used to be a home for a number of Soviet “closed” factories, producing ammunition and missiles, not to speak about several test grounds for weapons of various kinds. After the collapse of the Union, …

Mittal’s Business Still Under Risk in Kazakhstan
Wednesday, 16 Jul, 2008 – 7:42 | No Comment

As we reported earlier, Arcelor Mittal’s enterprise in Kazakhstan has been facing severe criticism for the conditions of work on the mines. Hundreds of miners perished in repeated accidents on Mittal Steel Temirtau, but only …