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Kazakhstan Remains Understated, Vital Partner to West

By Tom Michael

 Economic, security relationships key to success for both Since declaring independence almost a quarter century ago, the vast Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan has looked to the West – and especially to the United States – to help create new economic and security opportunities. After voluntarily relinquishing a cache of 1,100 nuclear warheads remaining from

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Social Media Finds Diverse Uses, Followers in Kazakhstan

By Julia Rutz

In recent years, social media has changed the daily lives of billions of people around the globe. Thanks to tools like American Facebook and Twitter or Russian Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki, people are able to participate in the international conversation and enlarge their scope to express and share their ideas, do business or simply stay tuned

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Voice, Landscape, Identity: Contemporary Art in Kazakhstan

By Michelle Witte

“Art doesn’t stop,” says Kazakh artist Almagul Menlibayeva. While in many countries the idea of Kazakhstan might have stalled out at yurts or oil or, God help us, Borat, Kazakhstan’s visual artists have never stopped creating images of themselves, their country or their stories, and slowly the world is taking notice. (Above photo from Almagul

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After a Year of Conflict and Rising Global Tensions, The ATOM Project Looks Ahead with Concern, Plans of New Actions

By Michelle Witte

The ATOM Project, the online petition campaign launched by Kazakhstan in 2012, has been steadily raising its voice and expanding its reach as it urges the world to enact a comprehensive nuclear test ban. With an activist pope, who wrote to express his hope for a nuclear-weapon-free world in December and a global security situation

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People’s IPO Pays Dividends in Times of Economic Uncertainty

By Pavel Pribylovsky

In the face of global economic uncertainty, crisis and falling oil prices, Kazakhstan continues to take measured steps to build an enduring, diversified economy. Among those moves was the now successful effort to involve the Kazakh public in ownership of some of the country’s most stable and successful companies. In the fall of 2011, the

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KazAID to Invest in Eurasia’s Peaceful Future

By Martin Sieff and Michelle Witte

In December 2014, Kazakhstan made an important step towards launching its official development aid (ODA) program, the Kazakhstan Agency for International Development, or KazAID. On Dec. 10, President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed a corresponding law. Earlier, on Nov. 3, Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development

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Small Business: A Driving Force in Kazakhstan’s Developing Economy

By Yelden Sarybay

At Kazakhstan’s present state of development, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are becoming a major factor in improving the country’s competitiveness in international trade. The development of entrepreneurship in the SME sector contributes to increased employment, increased volumes and a qualitative improvement in domestic production. By the end of 2013, in Astana alone, the volume

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Creating Peace Through Religious Dialogue

By Yelden Sarybay

Geography and politics combined to make Kazakhstan the diverse, polyglot nation it is today. The spread of its varied landscape from Asia to Europe attracted both nomads and farmers, and punitive or paranoid Soviet policies snatched whole ethnic groups from their homelands and cast them across the steppe. The Kazakhstan that emerged over the years

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Urban Ice Fishing in Astana

By Dmitry Lee

It’s no secret that Kazakhstan’s capital is also one of its coldest cities. Temperatures in Astana can fall as far as minus 50 C, making it the second coldest capital in the world after Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. However, frigid winds and temperatures far below zero aren’t enough to stop some hardy types from spending hours

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Revival of the Aral Sea: Kazakh and World Efforts to Restore the Island Sea

By Pavel Pribylovsky

The Aral Sea has a grand history in Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region and was once one of the four largest lakes in the world, covering 26,300 square miles with Kazakhstan to the north and Uzbekistan to the south. Its name means “Island Sea” as this water body is surrounded by the forbidding deserts

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