Associate Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center
- Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan)
Michael Levystone is an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri’s Russia / Eurasia 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.
The United States in Central Asia: A Fleeting Return? Politique étrangère, Vol. 88, No. 1, spring 2023
The chaotic retreat of the United States from Afghanistan in August 2021 might lead to an expectation of a lasting loss of influence in central Asia.
Connectivity in Central Asia at the Crossroads of International Crises: Transport, Energy and Water from Interdependence to New Cooperation Ways Russie.Nei.Reports, No. 41, Ifri, November 2022
From the reestablishment of an Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan by the Taliban to the war in Ukraine, not forgetting climate change, the most serious international crises, whether circumstantial or systemic, are having a severe impact on connectivity in Central Asia with regard to transport,...
French Expert Says Afghanistan-Related Challenges Loom Large for Central Asia as Geopolitical Competition Intensifies
Addressing the situation in Afghanistan remains on top of the agenda for Central Asia, said Michael Levystone, an associate research fellow at the Institut Français des Relations Internationale (IFRI) Russia/Eurasia Center, in an exclusive interview with The Astana Times. The expert, who...
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...