Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

Wilder Alejandro Sanchez is a researcher who focuses on geopolitical, military, and cybersecurity issues. Follow him on Twitter: @W_Alex_Sanchez.

Kazakhstan’s Presidential Transition and Central Asian Geopolitics

cc Flickr United States Mission Geneva, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Policy continuity is at a premium ahead of Kazakhstan’s presidential elections.

Kazakhstan Looks Beyond Central Asia for New Trade Opportunities

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Whatever new policies the post-Nazarbayev era brings, it will likely involve a continued push beyond the region in search of new economic opportunities.

Moldova’s February Elections and Regional Geopolitics

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With recent elections producing a political stalemate, we can expect more of the same from Moldova’s foreign policy.

DRC Elections and the Fate of the UN MONUSCO Mission

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Is the MONUSCO mission on borrowed time now that it has fulfilled part of its mandate?

Kazakhstan’s AIFC: Off to a Promising Start?

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The Astana International Financial Centre has launched several major initiatives over the past few months, and early signs are positive.

The AIFC: Kazakhstan’s Ambitious Step Forward

Astana, cc Ben Dalton Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Will the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) turn Kazakhstan into Central Asia’s financial hub, or will the project be crushed by the weight of its own ambition?

Central Asia and Afghanistan: Helping Your Neighbor


Exploring the role of Central Asian governments in stabilizing Afghanistan.

Central Asia in 2018: What’s the Future of the C5+1?

TrumpNazarb, cc Flickr The White House, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Washington has been making minor inroads into Central Asia, but will it be enough to stave off diplomatic irrelevance vis-à-vis China and Russia?

Will an Ascendant Uzbekistan Challenge Kazakhstan’s Leadership in Central Asia?

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The rise of President Mirziyoyev to power in Uzbekistan, a country with untapped economic potential, could signal a shift in Central Asian geopolitics.

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy: Escaping Geography in 2018

NurPut2, cc Kremlin.ru, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/50223

The foreign policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan is a textbook example that geography still matters and can, and does, influence a government’s foreign policy.

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