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Wilson Memo: Understanding Recent Turmoil in Kazakhstan

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This Wilson Memo, "Understanding Recent Turmoil in Kazakhstan: A Conversation with Amb. George Krol," takes a dive into Kazakhstan's dramatic shift in its political leadership and society in less than a week in January of 2022. The memo provides insights from former Amb. George Krol on what kind of president Tokayev will be and Kazakhstan's relationship with Russia, it's most strategic and closest partner. The memo goes on to examine the impact recent events have had on Kazakhstan's relationship with China and what to expect for future Parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan. Finally, the memo provides key takeaways from the conversation and a link to listen to the entire conversation between Amb. George Krol and Acting Director of the Kennan Institute, Will Pomeranz. 

For more insight on recent unrest in Kazakhstan, listen to the latest episode of the Need to Know Podcast featuring Kennan Institute experts, Edward Lemon and Lucian Kim.


George Krol

Amb. (ret.) George Krol

Former Ambassador to Belarus, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan; Adjunct Professor; U.S. Naval War College; Associate, Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
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