November 4, 2017

The Eurasian Economic Union: Past, Present and Future

The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has gone through some difficult and challenging times before reaching its current stage of development. The Customs Union (CU) and Common Economic Space (CES) between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan could be considered as the key elements of the EEU as a regional integration project. The […]
November 1, 2017

Migration Flow Dynamics in the Mediterranean Sea

Many people from Syria, North Africa and elsewhere try their chances to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea in order to escape from conflict and poverty in their countries. In Syria alone, the civil war has created a massive forced migration flow, causing almost 13 million people to leave their […]
October 26, 2017

Evaluation of the 2017 Presidential Elections in Kyrgyzstan

On October 15, 2017, Kyrgyzstan held its second peaceful power transfer leading to the delegation of authority between the members of the Social Democratic Party, which continues to be the ruling party holding the most parliamentary seats. The competition between the two main candidates running for president resulted in a […]
October 20, 2017

Currency Devaluation in Uzbekistan

Since President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev came to power in December 2016, significant social and economic reforms have been undertaken in the country. For instance, the government has created new free economic zones (in Urgut, Gijduvan, Qoqand, and Hazarasp, as well as seven free economic zones of the pharmaceutical sector), […]
October 13, 2017

Women in Academic Science: The Case of Kazakhstan

One of the most important objectives of achieving gender symmetry is ensuring equitable representation of women and men in leadership positions in academic science. In order to understand the current state of progress in gender quality in Kazakhstan’s academic science there is a need to overview the available statistical data. […]
October 5, 2017

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway Project: Problems and Prospects

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan (CKU) railway project aimed to link Beijing with Central Asia is among China’s main transportation policy priorities in the region. The CKU project, which has been on the agenda since the mid-1990s, is also of great importance for China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Under the project, the railway […]
September 27, 2017

The Economics of Demographics in Kazakhstan

Within the field of economics, demographics is a very powerful tool for analysis and forecasting. The application of the economic analysis techniques to demographics can provide us with a wide variety of information for purposes ranging from economic market research to economic policy development. According to the Committee on Statistics […]
September 20, 2017

Prospects for the Caspian Ports Infrastructure Development in Iran

Maritime transport plays a crucial role in facilitating international trade and boosting economic development. Being placed in an advantageous geographical position, namely, between the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, Iran is strongly interested in the expansion of its maritime transportation network benefiting from the transit advantages. In […]
September 14, 2017

China’s Transfer of Production Facilties to Central Asia: Kazakhstan Case

In the early 2000s, in order to reduce the costs of production, a large number of Western companies moved their industrial facilities to regions with an undeveloped market, cheap labor and low industrial costs for environment. In this regard, the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, especially China, which has become […]
September 5, 2017


After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the newly independent states of Central Asia have confronted a number of unresolved issues related to the Soviet legacy of Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) development programs. One of the most serious problems that has public health, environmental and security risk dimensions is […]