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Kazakhstan's Uncertain Future

As Putin's reach extends beyond Russia, civil society groups grapple with a crackdown at home and threats from abroad.
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At least 164 people are dead and thousands are imprisoned after mysterious instigators overtook Kazakhstan’s peaceful protests and Russian troops brutally cracked down on demonstrators. Journalist Joanna Lillis and researcher Nargis Kassenova join Deep Dish to unpack the domestic politics driving civil society action and whether Kremlin interference is the new norm in a critically important country for Russia, China, and the United States.  

About the Experts
Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies
Nargis Kassenova is 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).
Joanna Lillis
Almaty-based Journalist Covering Central Asia
Joanna Lillis is an Almaty-based journalist covering Central Asia for The Economist and Eurasianet. She is also author of "Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan".
Brian Hanson
Former Vice President, Studies
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Brian Hanson served as the vice president of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He managed the Council's research operations and hosted the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
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