Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, meets with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Kazakhstan: Un pays charnière entre la Russie et la Chine.
February 23, 2016,
Moving towards elections on March 20, Kazakhstan faces two main challenges: economic difficulties (given the low oil-prices) and the uncertainty after the end of President Nazarbayev's 25 years in power. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan is pulled into separate directions by China and Russia: while the former speaks about a "new silk road," the latter wants to make the nation a part of the "Eurasian Project".