Politics

Kazakh Senate Elections Held

The Astana Times , Oct 16, 2014 

Marat Sarsembayev, a member of the Central Election Commission said on October 10, that international ovservers have said that there were no shortcomings in the regional administrations (maslikhat) elections that took place on October 1. 16 new senetors were elected during these elections, which were monitored by over 116 international observers.
Farkhad Rakhimov, the coordinator of the IPA observers declared that “Our final report says that the election was held in accordance with the international standards and the law of Kazakhstan.”

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New book showcases the development of the Kazakh State

The Astana Times , Oct 21, 2014 

“An Illustrated History of Kazakhstan: Asia’s Heartland in Context,” a forthcoming book by Hong Kong-based writer Jeremy Tredinnick collates essays, photographs, maps, and other visual or text-based excerpts to showcase the multitude of cultures and people that have inhabited Kazakhstan.
The book highlights the significant role Kazakhstan has played in human civilization right from being a the centre of bronze metallurgy during the Bronze Age to being an integral links along the Silk Road.

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Kazakhstan will celebrate 550th anniversary of statehood next year

Astana Times

On October 22, President Nazarbayev announced that Kazakhstan will celebrate the 550th anniversary of its statehood next year.
It was in 1465, that the Kerey and Janybek Khans who created the first Kazakh khanate that Nazarbayev said was the foundation for the modern state.

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Op-Ed calls for greater cooperation between the U.S. and Kazakhstan

The Astana Times , Oct 9, 2014 

C. Naseer Ahmad, a member of the National Press Club in Washington, DC, who also writes for the Diplomatic Courier and PakistanLink, published an Op-ed in The Astana Times making a case for greater U.S.-Kazakh cooperation.
He calls Kazakhstan "a country on the move" and recalls a recent luncheon in Washington where prominent experts from various fields praised Kazakhstan's "pragmatic foreign policy." The experts admired Kazakhstan's skilled management of finances since it is a donor country and not a recipient of aid.

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Kazakhstan Joins ASEM

Astana Times , Oct 22, 2014 

Kazakhstan has officially joined the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), a key forum for dialogue and cooperation between the two continents, and took part in the 10th ASEM Summit on Oct. 16-17 in Milan.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev headed the Kazakh delegation at the two-day summit, addressing an audience of more than 50 heads of state and government and holding a number of bilateral meetings with his European and Asian counterparts.

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Arizona troops helps Kazakh units in peacekeeping training

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Two Arizona Army National Guard units participated in the international peacekeeping mission Steppe Eagle 2014. They mentored and trained Kazakh Peacekeeping units on mililtary tactics.

Exercise Steppe Eagle 14 is a multilateral peacekeeping exercise led by the U.S. Army. The main goal of the exercise is to ready Kazakh forces for self-deployment and sustainment in UN peacekeeping missions outside Central Asia.

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Kazakhstan reduces High Enriched Uranium in the country

World nuclear News , Oct 2, 2014 

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Kazakhstan sent back around 10.2 kg Russian-origin fresh high-enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from its WWR-K Research Reactor in Almaty on September 29. The reactor will now use low-enriched uranium.
This operation took place under the under the Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) and was overseen by IAEA, Kazakhstan, Russia and the USA.

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Kazakhstan looking to expand Afghan education program

Tengri News , Oct 2, 2014 

On September 26, Ambassador-at-Large of Kazakh Foreign Ministry Timur Urazayev said that Kazakhstan is considering extending its educational grants currently being offered to Afghans, contingent on financial capacity and bilateral cooperation.
President Nazarbayev introduced an education agreement in 2010, when Kazakhstan was the Chairman of the OSCE, under which 1,000 Afghan citizens were invited to study in Kazakh universities and vocational institutes between 2010 and 2020.

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Enhanced Partnership between Kazakhstan and EU

Wall Street Journal

President Nazarbayev writes in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on the importance of a new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with the European Union-- Kazakhstan's biggest trading partner. Kazakhstan does more than half of its trading annually with the EU-- to the tune of around $53.4 billion last year.
EU countries have also been responsible for more than half of Kazakh gross foreign direct investment (around $ 100 billion). Kazakh companies too are investing in the EU, KazMunayGas spent around $2.7 billion for a stake in the EU based company Rompetrol.

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EU, Kazakhstan Ink Cooperation Pact

Wall Street Journal , Oct 8, 2014 

In the first pact of its kind between the European Union and a Central Asian country, the EU and Kazakhstan agree on a “partnership and cooperation” pact to increase cooperation in the areas of food safety to energy to fighting terrorism.
This is the first deal of this scope between the EU and a Central Asian country. It updates and expands a more limited EU-Kazakhstan agreement dating to 1999, and the renewal was driven partly by Kazakhstan’s hopes for joining the World Trade Organization.

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