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Strategy 2050: Kazakhstan’s Road Map to Global Success

By Martin Sieff

Kazakhstan has launched an ambitious national program to make the country one of the 30 most competitive nations in the world by 2050. President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced the plan on Dec. 14 in his annual state of the nation address and laid out wide-ranging reforms in all spheres of the nation’s life. The plan, Strategy

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EXPO 2017 The World Comes to Kazakhstan

By Martin Sieff

One of the largest international expos of the decade is coming to the capital of Kazakhstan. On Nov. 22, 2012, the 156 member nations of the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) met in Paris and decided by an overwhelming majority vote of 103 countries that EXPO 2017 will be held in Astana. “I want to inform you that we have just achieved another big victory for our country,” a beaming President Nursultan Nazarbayev told a special press conference in Paris when he announced the news. “This is the greatest achievement at the international level of Kazakhstan’s independence.”

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Prosperity Beyond Borders Eurasian Integration to Advance Global Success

By Martin Sieff

Are the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), the Common Economic Space (CES) and the Customs Union (CU) of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus a retreat to the past? Or do they form a bold step into the future? Does Eurasian economic integration mean regression for Russia, Kazakhstan and their neighbors into the protectionism and tightly state-regulated systems

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Fly High: Freestyle Motocross Come to the Capital

By Michael Jacobsen

Strolling through Astana’s streets, you’d expect to see great architecture, a mix of cultures and lots of women in very high-heeled shoes. What you wouldn’t expect to see are motorcycles soaring through the air topped by the world’s best freestyle motocross riders. But that’s exactly what happened this summer when four of the planet’s most

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Astana Hits the Beach

It’s true that Astana is known the world over as the planet’s second coldest capital. Only Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia gives its residents the shivers more than the Kazakh capital. Astana took over that prestigious second place slot from Ottowa, Canada 14 years ago when this city on the steppe was named Kazakhstan’s new government center. Nearly

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