Lecture 10: “The Tragic January of Kazakhstan and the War in Ukraine – Their Implications for Regional and World Order” by Filippo Costa Buranelli, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews
News of UNAIR Postgraduate School, 2 Jun 2022 – In the first two weeks of 2022, Kazakhstan was ravaged by an unprecedented scale of protests, violence, and repression. The Kazakhstani authorities, fearing for the collapse of the constitutional order and for the country to spiral down in a country-wide bloodshed, decided to request the intervention of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization to protect sensitive and strategic infrastructural objectives such as power grids and airports allowing the internal security forces to repress and quell the violence. A month later, Russia has invaded Ukraine and is now waging the most destructive war on European soil since the end of WWII. This war is having, and will have, profound repercussions for both Eurasia and world order. This lecture offered reflections on the violent events of the past two months, on their possible connections, and on how the Eurasian regional complex is playing a crucial role in advancing, violently, a multipolar world order based on a reinterpretation of basic norms and institutions of international society.
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