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New Beginnings in Troubled Times: 2015 in Kazakhstan

By Michelle Witte

This year has been a roller coaster one for Kazakhstan. It began, frankly, inauspiciously, with the dramatic drop in oil prices in late 2014 and the devaluation of the Russian ruble, effects of the economic crisis that has settled into what is now being called, with a sigh, the new normal. But it is ending

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Kazakh Army Women Balance Gender and Responsibilities

By Dmitry Lee

In Kazakhstan, it is jokingly said, “It is difficult to be a woman,” because women are torn among their house chores, career, children, husband and fashion. Often they successfully combine all of the above, some even with a loaded four-kilogramme AK-47 and military ammunition. The heroines of our story are two soldiers of the Kazakh

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Kazakhstan Faces Challenges of an Early Democracy

By Tom Michael

From the moment Kazakhstan declared independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, it has been harnessing its unique advantages as a crossroads of the East and West and as a multi-cultural and multi-society to build a new democracy within the heart of Central Asia. The country has achieved steady, peaceful progress in a time

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Kazakh Yurt: Classics or Modern Housing?

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

Long before the RV was invented, the yurt, a round, felt-covered house used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia, was the ultimate mobile home. The structure is comprised of an angled assembly or latticework with pieces of wood for the walls, door frame and ribs and a wheel. The roof is usually self-supporting,

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Kazakh Students Also Seek Education in the East

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

Many Kazakh students seek a foreign education and the government supports the wishes of talented students by offering free education under the Bolashak Presidential International Scholarship. While the U.S. and European countries have traditionally been popular study destinations, China has become quite fashionable in the last five years, attracting young people with a low cost

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