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Kazakhstan Seeks Sochi Success

By Alex Lee

The upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia provide an opportunity for tens of millions around the world to cheer on their countrymen, a lifestyle of achievement for the athletes and the application of strategy and science for the coaches. Kazakhstan had a lot to cheer about in the Summer Olympics of 2012 in

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Holidays in Kazakhstan Snowflakes on Buildings and Sleigh Bells at Crosswalks

By Michelle Witte

You’re guaranteed a white Christmas in Astana. By the time December 25th rolls around, the city has usually been blanketed in snow for about a month—no surprise in the world’s second coldest capital. Soon after the snow settles, however, a surprise does show up: hundreds and hundreds of Christmas decorations, blinking and glittering and glowing on streets and buildings across the city.

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Astana Offers World Class Opera House

By Julia Rutz

One of the world’s youngest capitals offers a major new cultural attraction with world-class opera house, Astana Opera. Based on sketches by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, Astana Opera officially opened on June 21, 2013 with the performance of a classic Kazakh love story—altered to have a happy ending so audiences could leave the new

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Kazakhstan’s International Student Ambassadors

By Michelle Witte

Bolashak Graduates Discuss Their Experiences, Country’s Future Kazakhstan’s Bolashak International Scholarship Program has entered its 20th year of sending the country’s best and brightest to study abroad with the promise that they will return home and spend five years applying what they’ve learned to further Kazakhstan’s development. It has been highly successful and well received

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Kazakhstan’s WTO Accession Providing a Gateway to the World

By Martin Sieff

2013 should be the year that Kazakhstan finally joins the World Trade Organization after a 17- year accession process. The road has been a long one. “Kazakhstan is at an advanced stage of its accession negotiations. My guess is that this could be doable this year,” WTO Director General Pascal Lamy told reporters on the sidelines of the Gaidar Forum, an economic conference in Moscow on Jan. 17.

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