Samantha Brletich

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Samantha M. Brletich is a researcher and writer specializing in Central Asia and governance, security, terrorism, and development issues. She possesses a Master’s in Peace Operations Policy from George Mason University in Virginia, United States. She works with the virtual think tank Modern Diplomacy specializing in Central Asia and diplomatic trends. Her work has appeared in multiple publications focused on diplomacy and Central Asia respectively. She is currently an employee of the U.S. Federal Government.

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La-La-Land of Central Asia: Kazakhstan and its “Astana Code of Conduct”

As defining terrorism in any particular case implies a political component, this very category becomes quite extensive - a subject to different readings and...

Kazakhstan’s Snap Election Affirm Nazarbayev’s Power in Uncertain Environments

The Kazakhstan snap Parliamentary elections were held on 20 March 2016. The snap elections were called amidst economic turmoil and fears that the Kazakhstan...

Mongolia and the New Russian Oil Diplomacy

Russia signed an inter-governmental agreement in early late January 2016 that would resettle Mongolia’s debt to Russia which totaled $172 million, 97 per cent...

Kazakhstan’s Snap Elections Called Amidst Dissent and Economic Troubles

Kazakhstan will be holding Parliamentary snap elections in March 2016 ultimately providing a mandate for autocratic President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The elections will not produce...

Kazakhstan’s Urban Development Struggles with Mono-cities

As Kazakhstan strives to be one of the most 30 developed nations by 2050, Kazakhstan struggles with transforming its economic system, dealing with regional...

Kazakhstan: United Nations Security Council 2017-2018

Kazakhstan, in an attempt to build its reputation as mediator and the leading country in Central Asia, is seeking a position on the 15-member...

Astana: A City Analysis and Future Development

Futuristic, expansive, cold, frigid, and even the “the space station in the steppes” are some words that are used to describe Kazakhstan’s capital of...

Eurasian Heart of Gold

What is the impact of Kumtor on Kyrgyzstan’s Gold Mining Sector? Nationalization talks have started again in Kyrgyzstan about the ownership...

New Age Diplomacy

Emerging Diplomatic Trends: Diplomatic Fads for Solutions for Future Problems?High-profile political events and issues have many scholars, practitioners, and observers wondering how diplomatic approaches...

The Crimea Model: Will Russia Annex the Northern Region of Kazakhstan?

Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula was unlawfully annexed by referendum arranged by pro-Russian separatists backed by Russia. President Putin denies the annexation was politically motivated and...

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