On March 19, 2019, after three decades in power, Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned from his post as President of Kazakhstan, initiating a slow-paced succession. Surprising observers and residents, Nazarbayev handed out power to Kassym-Jomart Tokayev a loyal politician and seasoned diplomat. Effective change, however, followed sluggishly. A double crisis ensued in 2020: a sharp fall in oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic led to an economic slowdown that has continued until now. After Nazarbayev’s exit, the response from investors was lukewarm and youth groups asked for more thorough reforms. The global pandemic hindered a full-fledged economic transition and posed new challenges for the future governments of the country. Two years after Nazarbayev resigned, an analysis of the new (geo)political and economic environment is warranted.
The detailed programme of the conference is attached.
The event is organized by Ca' Foscari 'Marco Polo'/Centre for Global Europe-Asia Connections (MaP), in collaboration with the Observatory on Central Asia and the Caspian (OACC).
The conference will be held online in English language and at the following Zoom Link
Organizers: Department of Asian and North African Studies (Carlo Frappi and Paolo Sorbello), Marco Polo Centre for Global Europe-Asia Connections (MaP)