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Kazakhstan’s Top Summer Destinations

By Dmitry Lee

Whether you like hiking, swimming, fishing or horseback riding, are just interested in Kazakhstan or have visited the country at least once in your life, you no doubt know the nation has a number of unique summer vacation destinations. EdgeKz has compiled a list of the most exciting locations to visit from May-September. Burabai Burabai

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Beshbarmak: Five Finger Food

By Michelle Witte

Traditional Kazakh cuisine developed within the constraints of a nomadic life spent crossing landscapes that could not always be described as bountiful. Nomadic Kazakhs were completely reliant on their animals, and this is reflected in their food, which is rich in meat and dairy products. “Kazakhs led a nomadic life. It was necessary to face

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Kazakhstan Increases Role in Regional Stabilization as U. S. withdraws from Afghanistan

By Tom Michael

Throughout the United States’ 13-year war in Afghanistan, the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan has been a reliable partner, offering assistance ranging from transit routes for U.S. troops, to airspace for non-lethal U.S. supply missions and money to help educate a generation of Afghan children whose lives offer a new promise for their war-torn country.

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Voice, Landscape, Identity: Contemporary Art in Kazakhstan

By Michelle Witte

“Art doesn’t stop,” says Kazakh artist Almagul Menlibayeva. While in many countries the idea of Kazakhstan might have stalled out at yurts or oil or, God help us, Borat, Kazakhstan’s visual artists have never stopped creating images of themselves, their country or their stories, and slowly the world is taking notice. (Above photo from Almagul

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After a Year of Conflict and Rising Global Tensions, The ATOM Project Looks Ahead with Concern, Plans of New Actions

By Michelle Witte

The ATOM Project, the online petition campaign launched by Kazakhstan in 2012, has been steadily raising its voice and expanding its reach as it urges the world to enact a comprehensive nuclear test ban. With an activist pope, who wrote to express his hope for a nuclear-weapon-free world in December and a global security situation

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KazAID to Invest in Eurasia’s Peaceful Future

By Martin Sieff and Michelle Witte

In December 2014, Kazakhstan made an important step towards launching its official development aid (ODA) program, the Kazakhstan Agency for International Development, or KazAID. On Dec. 10, President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed a corresponding law. Earlier, on Nov. 3, Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development

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Real Estate: Kazakhstan’s Growing Sector

By Pavel Pribylovsky

Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been rising as the Kazakh economy has strengthened, and has steadily increased since the crisis of 2008. According to an Ernst & Young survey, real estate and construction are among the five most attractive sectors for foreign direct investment (FDI) in Kazakhstan, outranking even growth areas such as high technology

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