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Caspian Sea Convention: What comes next?

By Assel Satubaldina

Over the past 27 years, the status of the Caspian Sea has been a matter of heated geopolitical discussion. Much of the dispute hinged on whether the world’s largest inland water body should be considered a lake or a sea. The Caspian didn’t make waves before the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, when

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Addressing trust divide, attracting more investments among Kazakh policy priorities

By Assel Satubaldina

The year 2019 has been rich with Kazakh political and economic changes. The resignation of the country’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev in March, after almost three decades in office, and the early presidential elections in June that saw the victory of former Senate Speaker Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, are among the key milestones of the transition. “I

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‘Tomiris’ showcases history of a strong woman in Central Asia, spurring discussions of gender relations

By Aidana Yergaliyeva

“My name is Tomiris… My loved ones were killed… I am left alone… Yes, I am Massagetae… I am the queen,” begins the trailer to the movie “Tomiris.” In a series of quickly changing scenes and intensifying music, the short video clip depicts the young, yet lionhearted girl who grew into “the queen born to

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Kazakhstan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites offer tourists unique history and nature

By Nazira Kozhanova

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is currently building part of its heritage tourism industry around the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Sites throughout the country. A pilot project involving the Almaty, East Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda, Turkestan and Zhambyl regions was launched September 2018, said bnews.kz. With efforts to develop better tourist routes, the

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Geek culture flourishes in Kazakhstan with comic books, video games and films

By Dilshat Zhussupova

Geek culture, once an outcast’s refuge from mass culture, has become mainstream. An intense appreciation of films, television series, comic books and video games will make one quicker to befriend than shun, as growing fandoms in Kazakhstan are finding out. The New York Comicon started the ball rolling in 1964 for multi-day, commercially-driven events for

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A click in time: A digitizing Kazakhstan looks to win in cybersport

By Dilshat Zhussupova

To improve its standard of living, Kazakhstan is digitizing its economy and government, implementing a Digital Silk Road and… developing cybersport? “For our information technology industry, cybersport is the key to a digital future,” said Qazaq Cybersport Federation (QCF) President and Kazakhtelecom Board Chair Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev at the 2018 World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) qualifiers

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EXPO 2017’s legacy continues to move Kazakhstan, international community toward a greener future

By Assel Satubaldina

Switching to green energy, sustainable development and transitioning to a green economy to save the planet is a top global agenda with the world facing the sobering consequences of climate change and high carbon emissions. Kazakhstan also seeks to take steps toward these goals realising the challenges are also opportunities. The country’s hosting of EXPO

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Kazakhstan needs five-six years to develop strong start-up culture, say experts

By Saltanat Boteu

In November, former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev opened the Astana Hub, an international technopark of IT start-ups, and the country began intensively developing a start-up culture. Edgekz.com interviewed several IT start-ups in the capital, who noted if the government continues its support, it will see good results in approximately five-six years. Senim smart wallet Daulet

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Kazakhstan in 2018: Historic Celebrations and Tragic Loss, Reform Within and Beyond and New Ventures after UNSC

By Dilshat Zhussupova

Kazakhstan began 2018 on a high note by celebrating the capital’s 20th anniversary and strengthening ties with its neighbours, especially with an Uzbekistan that was increasingly open to change. Nevertheless, the tragic loss of a prominent young Kazakh sportsman prompted government officials to closely consider the ways Kazakh law enforcement agencies need to change for

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Vegetarian lifestyle in Kazakhstan: paradox or trend?

By Assel Satubaldina

In recent years, vegetarianism has been growing in numbers worldwide. Though reliable data is lacking on the number of vegetarians around the globe, the trend is there with far-reaching impact. Plant-based diets are also becoming more common in Kazakhstan. In a country where people are predominantly meat-eaters and recently ranked tenth in terms of beef consumption

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