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Positive US-Kazakh Relations to Continue under Trump

By Tom Michael

When Erzhan Kazykhanov, Kazakhstan’s new ambassador to the United States, met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in April to present his credentials, Trump was unequivocal in his optimism about the U.S.-Kazakh relationship. The American president presented Kazykhanov with a letter praising Kazakhstan’s peaceful society and its global leadership in nuclear non-proliferation. He

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Summer in Astana: Sun Fountain and Water Parks

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

ASTANA – The phrase “Endless Summer” can be used to describe some of the Kazakh capital’s entertainment spots for residents and guests. While certain ones are only open in warm weather, others offer a touch of summer during long, cold days the rest of the year. Above Oasis Beach Club Photo Credit: weproject.kz One summer-only

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Challenging Mountains, Experienced Guides Make Kazakhstan Top Climbing Destination

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

ASTANA – Incredible views, impressive peaks and breathtaking scenery. Kazakhstan’s unique and diverse nature has something to offer both for sophisticated professionals and curious beginners. Mountaineering and climbing activities The country has four mountain regions, including the Zailisky Alatau ridge, Dzungarian Alatau range in Almaty region, Altai Mountains in East Kazakhstan region and Karatau Mountains

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Nauryz – Eternal Holiday of Reconciliation and Hope

By Dana Omirgazy

Nauryz is probably the nation’s most important holiday, even more significant for Kazakh people than Independence Day. The greatest spring holiday of Persian- and Turkic-speaking nations symbolises awakening and renewal of nature, unity of people and beginning of the New Year. The oriental New Year has been celebrated by many cultures for more than 5,000

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Astana Gets the Attention, But Life is Sweet in the Kazakh ‘Auls’

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

Kazakhstan is quickly emerging onto the world stage for many reasons, including its nuclear nonproliferation work, its service as a bridge between East and West as well as its contributions to international security and energy. Much of that attention is focused on its two major cities: Almaty, Kazakhstan’s former capital, major population metropolis and business

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EdgeKZ Talks Terrorism, Foreign Policy and the Future of Kazakh Research with Think Tank Head

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS) was established in 1993, only two years after the country became independent, and has been Kazakhstan’s leading research center ever since. The institute focuses on strategic aspects of foreign policy, social and political processes in modern Kazakhstan and economic security and distributes its work in a number of

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Kazakhstan’s Mysterious Rock Carvings: Tamgaly Tas

By Kamila Zhumabayeva

For more than 100 years, scientists have been trying in vain to unravel the mystery of one of the country’s most-visited tourist sites. Just about 120 kilometers from Almaty, on the right bank of the Ili River, is a set of 60-meter rocky gates: the sacred and mysterious Tamgaly Tas tract. At Tamgaly Tas, rock

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From Weight Loss to Weddings: Some Features of Kazakh Comedy and Comedians

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

ASTANA – Humor knows no boundaries. Every country has its own army of comedians and satirists whose performances attract a spectrum of viewers – and now, social media allows its millions of users who poke fun at everything a chance at fame by means of a camera and a good sense of humor. Humor is

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Kazakh Nomadic Way of Life Influenced Modern Metalworking Traditions

By Dmitry Lee

Modern metalworking in Kazakhstan is a broad subject spanning jewelry, arts and crafts, weaponry and metal export to global markets. EdgeKz dug deeper into history and investigated the circumstances and traditions which have influenced various skills and patterns. “The main motifs of cultural metal working patterns and ornaments are zoomorphic,” said Zhambyl Artykbayev, doctor of

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Young Generation Follows Aitys Traditions

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

Aitys (Aitysh in some sources) is an ancient art of improvisation. It was added in December to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. “Two performers (‘akyns’ or ‘aityskers’) compete with each other to improvise verses on topical themes in a battle of wits that alternates between

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