Senior Research Fellow
Johan Engvall is a Senior Research Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program and a researcher at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. His specialization is in the domestic political systems of post-Soviet countries, primarily in Central Asia and the Caucasus. He is the author of numerous articles on Central Asian affairs, published in journals such as Europe-Asia Studies and Problems of Post-Communism. His dissertation The State as Investment Market: An Analytical Framework for Interpreting Politics and Bureaucracy in Kyrgyzstan was defended at the Department of Government, Uppsala University in 2011. An interview related to the dissertation can be found here.
Publications by Johan Engvall
Between Bandits and Bureaucrats: 30 Years of Parliamentary Development in Kyrgyzstan
Executive Summary: In 2010, Kyrgyzstan took a decisive step towards establishing a parliamentary form of government. A decade later, the parliamentary experiment had, at least for the time being, come […]
Religion and the Secular State in Kyrgyzstan
Summary Since independence, religion has become ever more important as an identity marker in Kyrgyzstan, with increased practical relevance in the everyday lives of many citizens. This religious revival poses […]
Kazakhstan in Europe: Why Not?
Executive Summary Is Kazakhstan a European state? The answer to this question could define the character of the country’s long-term relationship with European institutions and organizations, and profoundly affect the […]
The EU and Central Asia: Expanding Economic Cooperation, Trade, and Investment
Since the independence of the Central Asian states, this landlocked region has taken time to reconnect with the world, including Europe. Twenty-five years ago, many underestimated the diverse challenges – infrastructural, economic, political – that impeded the region’s trade and connectivity with the rest of the world. Yet as trade statistics show, much has been accomplished in a quarter century.
Centralasien kan åter bli länk mellan öst och väst
Fem postsovjetiska republiker i Centralasien firar nu 25 år som självständiga stater. De första åren för de centralasiatiska republikerna var en prövotid, när det gällde att bygga upp en ny […]
Kazakhstan 2041: the Next Twenty-Five Years
Kazakhstan has come a long way in the twenty five years since it gained sovereignty. The leadership can point to impressive economic development, stability, strengthened sovereignty, and respect for “brand Kazakhstan” […]
The State as Investment Market: Kyrgyzstan in Comparative Perspective
Based on a detailed examination of Kyrgyzstan, Johan Engvall goes well beyond the case of this single country to elaborate a broad theory of economic corruption in developing post-Soviet states regionally—as a rational form of investment market for political elites.
Fourth Vector: Making Sense of Kazakhstan’s Activism in International Organizations
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has developed a track record of being the most proactive and innovative former Soviet republic in the sphere of international cooperation. Kazakhstan’s […]
Kazakhstan’s Bid for the UN Security Council
Since independence, Kazakhstan’s foreign policy – and its multilateral relations in particular – has expressed a clear logic: to develop a role as a respectable international citizen that can be […]
Asserting Statehood: Kazakhstan’s Role in International Organizations
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has developed a record of being the most proactive and innovative former Soviet republic in the sphere of international cooperation. Kazakhstan’s multilateral […]