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Kazakhstan in 2016: Edge Takes a Look at the Kazakh Year to Come

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

The year 2015 was definitely not an easy one for the Kazakh government and citizens: several devaluations and the drop in oil prices hurt the economy. The circumstances occurred in conjunction with the Ukrainian and Syrian crises and, in the background, strained situations between Russia and Turkey with aftereffects in the form of various types

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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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Kazakhstan’s Ethno-Pop Music Hopes to Spread Around the World

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

The world today presents a wide range of music genres for people of all tastes. Whether electronic or heavy metal, sounds of any kind are available for everyone. Some of Kazakhstan’s outstanding musicians try to preserve traditional sounds and give them a modern twist. This year, Almaty hosted The Spirit of Tengri festival for the

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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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Low Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan to Contribute to Global Nuclear Security

By Tom Michael

A dream of enhanced global nuclear security a decade in the making became reality in Astana last month when the government of Kazakhstan and the International Atomic Energy Agency signed an agreement that will help guarantee a secured supply of uranium for nuclear power. The IAEA’s Low Enriched Uranium fuel bank – expected to be

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Fresh Air, Hard Work and Rock and Roll: Life in the Kazakh Countryside

By Michelle Witte

The casual observer would be forgiven for thinking Kazakhstan as two pinpoints on a map: fast-growing Astana, the strange new capital on the steppe, and Almaty, the country’s largest city and mecca of cool – with between them, perhaps, a sea of oil, for all that is reported on the country. But fewer than 3

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The Eurasian Economic Union: A Complex, Economic Tool

By Tom Michael

When Kazakhstan signed a treaty along with Russia and Belarus for a new Eurasian Economic Union in May 2014, there was no shortage of optimism amongst the early signatories and no shortage of pessimism amongst the traditional observers of the former Soviet space. The new pact officially took effect eight months later, on January 1,

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