Research Fellow, Russia / NIS Center
- Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan)
Michael Levystone is a Research Fellow at Ifri’s Russia / NIS Center. His research deals with domestic and foreign policies of the five post-Soviet states in Central Asia, namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
Michael Levystone holds three Master’s Degrees: in Strategy and Management of International Business from ESSEC Business School, in International Affairs from the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), and in International Trade Law from University Paris-5. He has worked in French Embassy in Kazakhstan and in the Franco-Russian Observatory, a think tank located in Moscow and depending on the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In January 2022 Kazakhstan underwent its most serious political crisis since its independence, proclaimed on December 16, 1991. The increase in the price of fuel has set ablaze the west of the country in the grip of socio-economic marginalization, then the southern regions, traditionally more...