In this CSIS podcast, Olga Oliker and Jeffrey Mankoff sit down with their CSIS colleague Matthew Goodman, Senior Adviser for Asian economics and William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, who just returned from Kazakhstan. Matt explains his impressions of the country and prospects for connectivity across Eurasia, including a major dry port on the Kazakh-Chinese border. Then, Jeff and Olga take a deep dive into the human rights situation in Central Asia with Steve Swerdlow of Human Rights Watch. For more on these issues, see the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program’s “Central Asia in a Reconnecting Eurasia” report series.
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If decades of torrid growth have been the opening scene on Asia’s economic stage, the region’s reconnecting—through new roads, railways, and other infrastructure—could be the next act.