Kanat Makhanov

Kanat Makhanov

Senior Research fellow

Kanat Makhanov is a research fellow at the Eurasian Institute of the International H.A Yassawi Kazakh-Turkish University. He holds a BA in Business Economics from the KIMEP University from 2012. In 2014 he earned his Masters degree in Economics from the University of Vigo (Spain), completing his thesis on “Industrial Specialization in autonomous regions of Spain and Kazakhstan”. His main research interests are Spatial Economics, Economic Geography, Regional Economics, Human and Economic Geography.

Staff's Publications


January 9, 2021

Reconciling Western Aspirations and Eastern Sympathies: The Case of Moldova and Gagauzia

On November 15, 2020, Moldova held the second round of its fourth regular presidential election, on which the incumbent President Igor Dodon ran against his main rival Maia Sandu, who represented the pro-European electorate of Moldova. The victory of Maia Sandu over President Igor Dodon, who took anti-European and pro-Russian […]
December 10, 2020

Presidential Election in Moldova: A New Turn to the West

The leader of the Action and Solidarity Party of Moldova Maia Sandu has in the second round of presidential election defeating the incumbent president Igor Dodon, who ran as an independent candidate. Eight candidates representing practically all political parties of Moldova took part in the first round of the election. […]
December 10, 2020

Convergence or Divergence: COVID-19 Crisis as Crossroad for Central Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a tremendous global economic shock jeopardizing the development and economic growth accumulated in recent years. According to the latest World Bank’s economic prospects, the world is about to face a 5.2% of global GDP decline in 2020, which would be the most severe recession since […]
November 9, 2020

Urban Demographics in Kazakhstan and Economic Significance of Large Cities

Over the last several years Kazakhstan has been prioritizing the urbanization of the population and enlargement of the major urban centers of the country. The significance of cities with population over one million people was emphasized by the first President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev at the jubilee forum of the […]
November 5, 2020

Landlocked Developing Countries and Covid-19 Pandemic

In January 2020, Kazakhstan took the chairmanship in the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) group of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) for 2020-2021 [KazTAG, 2020]. This group within the UNCTAD is designed to promote the interests of 32 developing landlocked states because being a landlocked country is considered to […]
November 5, 2020

Natural Disasters in China and Shift in the Global Grain Market

The year 2020 has been a tough year for China. In addition to the COVID-19 virus that first emerged in Wuhan, Hubei province, causing a global pandemic, China was hit by the most devastating flood since 1998 that affected many major cities and provinces in the Yangtze River valley and […]
October 25, 2020

Highlights of the Parliamentary Elections in Mongolia of 2020

On 24 June 2020 Mongolia held parliamentary elections, on which the ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) was set to remain in power for another four-year term. The MPP, which is considered to be as a center-leftist party, won in a landslide securing 62 out of the 76 seats in the […]
October 25, 2020

A Brief Overview on the Preliminary Results of the Census of Belarus Of 2019

In 2019, Belarus held its third regular population census since its independence. The purpose of the census was to obtain statistical information on the population of Belarus that is valuable for updating the demographic data, forecasting, conducting research, policy-making and planning the country’s socio-economic development [Belstat.gov.by, 2020]. The process of […]
October 25, 2020

A Brief Review of Uzbekistan’s Demographic Profile

On February 18 of 2020, the population of Uzbekistan reached a milestone of 34 million. Since the beginning of 2020, the population increased by 0.28% from 33,905,799 to 34,002,410. Being the largest country in Central Asia in terms of population, Uzbekistan shows rather a fast population growth. Since 2010, the […]
October 25, 2020

Brief Overview of External Migration in Kazakhstan

By the beginning of 2020, the population of Kazakhstan reached 18,632,169, which is 236,602 increase since January 1 of 2019. The natural increase totaled 269,575 whereas the net migration was negative 32,973 people. Hence, the net out-migration in the population in 2019 increased by 13.2% compared to 2018 [Statistics Committee, […]