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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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From Weight Loss to Weddings: Some Features of Kazakh Comedy and Comedians

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

ASTANA – Humor knows no boundaries. Every country has its own army of comedians and satirists whose performances attract a spectrum of viewers – and now, social media allows its millions of users who poke fun at everything a chance at fame by means of a camera and a good sense of humor. Humor is

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Open, Stable and Looking to Future – What World Needs to Know about Oil-Rich Kazakhstan

By Dmitry Lee

Kazakhstan, the biggest country you know nothing or little about, has been in the news recently for a grab bag of reasons: indomitable boxing champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin; gold medal Olympic upsets by its athletes; a massive, $37 billion investment in just one of its huge oil fields; and, in June, the country’s sad taste

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Modern Subcultures Evolve in Great Steppe

By Kamila Zhumabayeva

This writer used to wear bracelets and outfits that supposedly expressed being a hard rock or heavy metal fan. Owning a heavy ironman’s belt showed tribute and admiration of hard rock music and culture that once seemed so daring and cool. My genuine love of rock, alternative and indie rock music started with the American

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The Family Financial Crisis: How Kazakh Households are Fighting a Global Slowdown

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

The devaluation of the national currency, the tenge, hurt many families in Kazakhstan. To deal with the devaluation, many people have overhauled their family budgets, a process now often discussed when family and friends meet over tea or beer. People are full of advice on how to save money, or when and how to get

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Gorky State Academic Russian Drama Theatre Celebrates 115th Anniversary

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

Astana is not known internationally for its theatre life, but that reputation could change. One of the capital’s theatres is celebratinga three-digit anniversary, which shows its theatre life is not young and has every right to be amongitssignificant features. Gorky State Academic Russian Drama Theatre, in the heart of the old part of the city

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