Politics

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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Kazakhstan's diplomacy: advocating win-win approach

Blog By Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs , Oct 15, 2014 

In a lecture at the Kazakh Academy of State Management last year, I stated that Kazakhstan’s diplomacy had grown “muscles”. It was a statement of our determination to expand our diplomatic representation abroad, to actively promote our state’s interests in the farthest parts of the world and our ambition to bring Kazakhstan’s experience to bear on the most pressing global and regional problems facing the international community.

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Kazakhstan to host global gathering of religious leaders

Fox News Latino , Sep 17, 2014 

The 5th triennial Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, set for June 2015 in Astana, will focus on opening a new dialogue with politicians to overcome growing international conflicts.

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Close the Door on Nuclear Dangers

The Hill , Sep 13, 2014 

An oped "Close the door on nuclear dangers" in the Hill, authored by Ambassador Kairat Umarov, Daryl G. Kimball and Paul F. Walker, presents powerful arguments to stop nuclear testing to make the world a safer place to live. In particular, it is pointed out that over the years, thousands of people have died and many more have suffered from illnesses directly related to the radioactive fallout from tests conducted in the United States, the islands of the Pacific, Australia, China, North Africa, Russia, and in Kazakhstan, where the Soviet Union conducted 468 of its 715 nuclear tests.

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