How Kazakhstan's New President Will Navigate His Country's Role in the Global Great Power Competition
May 24, 2019 | 05:30 GMT
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- Upcoming presidential elections in Kazakhstan are all but guaranteed to cement the succession process from long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
- The succession is likely to be smooth at first, but Tokayev's task of managing a slowing economy and related socioeconomic issues will be a difficult one.
- While Tokayev is unlikely to pursue significant shifts in Kazakhstan's foreign policy in the short term, he will increasingly struggle to maintain a balance between Russia and China as the power dynamics between the two key actors shift in Central Asia.