The United States and its allies are imposing unprecedented sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine. But their effects may be felt far beyond Russia’s borders.
Emma Svoboda is a student at Harvard Law School interested in foreign policy and human rights. A former teacher, she has lived in Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, and French Guiana.
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As the Security Council deliberates possible action on Ukraine, the question of abstention nonetheless looms large: Does the U.N. Charter require Russia to abstain on a resolution concerning Ukraine and, if so, could the United States effectively pressure it to do so?
For the ethnic Kazakhs caught up in China’s brutal repression campaign in Xinjiang, their national government, once a source of some hope, offers little support.
A new strongman takes power in Kyrgyzstan, while former President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s heir cements his control over Kazakhstan’s government.