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Kazakhstan: A True Transit Link Between East and West

By Tom Michael

Kazakhstan – the world’s fifth largest country in terms of land mass – is aiming to put its valuable territory to global good use as it participates in a massive new railway-to-sea transit route linking China with Eastern Europe. Often referred to as the New Silk Road (a nostalgic and honorary acknowledgement of the ancient

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EdgeKZ Talks Terrorism, Foreign Policy and the Future of Kazakh Research with Think Tank Head

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS) was established in 1993, only two years after the country became independent, and has been Kazakhstan’s leading research center ever since. The institute focuses on strategic aspects of foreign policy, social and political processes in modern Kazakhstan and economic security and distributes its work in a number of

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The Unique Dance Culture of a Nomadic Country

By Kamila Zhumabayeva

Kazakhstan has always been a country on the move, whether that was traveling merchants traversing the ancient steppe or as a young country bursting onto the international scene. And that movement is embodied by the nation’s unique dance culture, which continues to serve as a symbol of the country’s resilience and creativity. Breakdance is one

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Kazakhstan’s Mysterious Rock Carvings: Tamgaly Tas

By Kamila Zhumabayeva

For more than 100 years, scientists have been trying in vain to unravel the mystery of one of the country’s most-visited tourist sites. Just about 120 kilometers from Almaty, on the right bank of the Ili River, is a set of 60-meter rocky gates: the sacred and mysterious Tamgaly Tas tract. At Tamgaly Tas, rock

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Kazakhstan a Good Fit for UN Security Council Seat

By Tom Michael

Kazakhstan’s role as a leader in Central Asia and, indeed, the entire world gained another dimension this summer as the ambitious but peace-seeking nation was elected to a non-permanent position on the powerful United Nations Security Council for 2017-2018 . The U.N.’s 193 member countries selected Kazakhstan over Thailand for the prestigious international post in

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