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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

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Feb 6, 2020

This week Ben explores the political outlook in Kazakshtan with colleagues from the Russia and Eurasia Programme.

Kazakhstan is at a turning point in its history. A partial handover of political power through an orchestrated transition in 2019 has taken the country into uncharted territory. Will it be able to pursue modernization and reform, and break from its authoritarian past? In this episode Ben speaks to James Nixey and Kate Mallinson from the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House to find out more.  

Afterwards Ben is joined by Communications Department colleague Jemma Finnegan to discuss a new youth engagement project, Common Futures Conversations. 

Read the Chatham House Report:

Kazakhstan: Tested by Transition

Learn about the project:

Common Futures Conversations


Speakers: James Nixey, Kate Mallinson and Jemma Finnegan

Host: Ben Horton

Sound Editor: Jamie Reed

Producer: Ben Horton

Recorded and produced at Chatham House