Policy Paper No. 7: “Re-electing a dictator? Electoral logics in Central Asia”
In this IEP Policy Paper on Eastern Europe and Central Asia No. 7 Vanessa Boas provides an analysis of the recent elections in both Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, directly addressing the implications of the results for the succession question facing incumbents in both countries. It reflects on power struggles inside of the countries and contemplates potential future political scenarios based on current trends. The paper gives a number of recommendations for the EU regarding its function in the resolution of possible succession crises, according it a role as a promoter of dialogue in this highly delicate negotiation process.