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Kazakhstan’s June 5 Referendum: Accelerating Reform
Following the January 2022 crisis, President Tokayev fast-tracked a political reform package planned for later in the year, and submitted it to a nationwide referendum scheduled for June 5. The constitutional amendments accelerate the pace of reform in the country, but conditions for their implementation will not be easy given a difficult economic and geopolitical environment. These reforms represent a shift: while earlier reforms sought to build participatory and competitive politics only very slowly at the local level, the current reform package envisages a gradual liberalization of the political system at all levels in order for the system to maintain its legitimacy.

Participants:

Svante Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the American Foreign Policy Council

Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on Central Asia at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Harvard University) and Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies of KIMEP University (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Moderator:
Fred Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the American Foreign Policy Council

When: Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 11:00-12:00 EST

The event will also be live-streamed on the CACI Facebook page and Silk Road Studies website.

Jun 8, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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