The “Land of the Great Steppe” finds itself in a partial or even stalled transitory period,
despite the departure of Nursultan Nazarbayev as president. At the same time, Kazakhstan has no choice but to continue to navigate between its Russian and Chinese neighbours, even if relations with both are deteriorating.
The events of March 20th 2019 took Kazakhstan by storm. Nursultan Nazarbayev, the longstanding president in power since the end of the Soviet Union, announced his resignation. He threw his support behind then-Senate president Qasym-Jomart Toqaev, whose position was solidified following a landslide victory in the presidential elections of June 9th that year….