George Washington University holds forum on Central Asian integration

The Astana Times , Oct 30, 2014 

U.S. and Central Asian government officials, scholars and media members attended a forum “Prospects for Regional Integration in Central Asia,” in Washington, co-organised by the Central Asia Programme at George Washington University and the Kazakh Embassy.
At the forum, Yerkin Akhinzhanov, Deputy Chief of Mission, said that the economic destinies of Kazakhstan and its Central Asian neighbours were intertwined, which is why President Nazarbayev has made regional integration the core of his foreign policy.


KazAID will provide targeted aid in Central Asia

Business Standard

Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov said that a bill "On Official Development Assistance" currently being introduced in the parliament will focus on Central Asia and Afghanistan, and will fulfil President Nursultan Nazarbayev's decree of April 9, 2013, "On the Concept of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the sphere of official development assistance."


U.S. and Kazakhstan cooperated on Project Sapphire two decades ago

The National Interest

Twenty years ago this week, the United States transported over 600 kgs of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Kazakhstan to Oak Ridge, Tennessee in an operation known as Project Sapphire. This HEU could have been used to make over 20 nuclear weapons and could have landed in the hands of dangerous elements.
Project Sapphire was a success for the global nuclear-nonproliferation program, and highlighted the use of strategic international partnerships.


Kazakhstan proposes Interfaith Dialogue in 2015 to resolve ISIS issue

Manila Standard Today

Instead of bombing the Islamic State (IS) or blocking their financing, Kazakhstan has proposed a peaceful alternative to the international community-- an Interfaith Dialogue in 2015. For the fifth time, religious and political leaders from around the world will gather together for a dialogue to generate mutual peace.


New book Offers Insights to Kazakhstan's Rich History

The Astana Times

Jeremy Tredinnick writes in an Op-Ed in The Astana Times that his book An Illustrated History of Kazakhstan: Asia’s Heartland in Context emerged out of an exhibition entitled “Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan”, organized by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University in 2012.


New TV Series will celebrate 550th anniversary of Kazakh statehood

The Astana Times

A new 20-episode TV series, produced by the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports, will be broadcast in 2015, to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the formation of the Kazakh Khanate-- the official commencement of Kazakh statehood. Next year will also mark the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan and the 20th anniversary of the constitution being adopted.


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.”


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.


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.


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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