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This article focuses on the political reform ongoing in Kazakhstan and the elections which took place in August 2007. The authors argue that democratization and positive change is underway and the failure of the opposition parties in the recent elections was largely a result of their lack of progressive ideas and emphasis on merely attacking authorities. The authors conclude that, unlike many observersfrom abroad think, Kazakhstan will benefit most from the stability that the current single party government offers and, based on the maturation of the opposition parties, will develop a more solid multi-party governance in due time...

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Marian Abisheva & Timur Shaimergenov
Marian Abisheva & Timur Shaimergenov
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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