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- Daily Brief
- May 29, 2023
WHAT’S HAPPENING? On January 19, Kazakhstani President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced snap elections to the Majilis (the lower house of parliament),
WHAT’S HAPPENING?On November 17, Kyrgyzstan’s parliament rapidly ratified an agreement to delimit the country’s border with Uzbekistan in all three
WHAT’S HAPPENING? With Russia’s peacekeeping contingent in Artsakh facing the possibility of expulsion in 2025, the European Union and Russia
WHAT’S HAPPENING? On May 24, former Moldovan President Igor Dodon was detained and subsequently placed under house arrest on three
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused Germany to rethink its national defense strategy.
An initial (but since reversed) ban on exports of Russian sugar and grain to the EAEU sparked negative sentiment in Central Asia that is unlikely to disappear in the near term.
Bloody unrest across Kazakhstan may prompt domestic and geopolitical shifts.
Divisions over the results and the return of a controversial ex-president could further fray Georgia’s ties with the West.
President Maia Sandu and her allies in parliament plan changes that could shift Moldova’s geopolitical balance toward the West.
Divisions within the ruling bloc in Montenegro’s parliament could threaten the country’s EU bid.
A leaked border commission agreement is unlikely to lead to a resolution.
The treaty could be a step toward improved cooperation and joint water management in Central Asia.