By Kim Shtern

Prior to "EXPO-2017" in Kazakhstan it has less than five months. To date, participation in the exhibition was officially confirmed in 112 countries and 18 international organizations. "EXPO" in Astana included in the rating list of «The New York Times» for 2017, ranking in the list of countries to visit the 26 th place.  READ MORE

Trump Signs First Executive Order on Obamacare


President Donald Trump signed his first executive order Friday, shortly after being inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, directing federal agencies to ease regulations associated with former President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care law. READ MORE

Tevan J. Poghosyan: Astana meeting can be a serious step towards the peaceful resolution of the Syrian conflict

An exclusive interview with the member of the Parliament, National Assembly of Armenia Mr. Tevan J. Poghosyan. READ MORE

Brexit deal must be worse than terms of EU membership, says Maltese PM


Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has said the UK must not gain advantages from leaving the EU. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has reiterated that Brexit does not spell the end for the bloc. READ MORE

New Silk Road project to change region’s fate, expert says

The New Silk Road project will change the fate of the region and is actually the future of the world, says Malik Ayub Sumbal, Pakistani political analyst and editor-in-chief of Eurasia Media Network. READ MORE

US backs Afghan claim of terrorist safe havens in Fata

In a rare acknowledgement of the difficulties Pakistan faces in combating terrorists in Fata, the US State Department has said that the remoteness of the area and the military’s tactical limitations prevent Islamabad from eliminating all terrorist safe havens. READ MORE

After five years of ‘ruthless war’ in Syria, 2017 can be a year of diplomacy, says UN envoy


Looking back over the past month, which saw some of the most difficult challenges for humanitarian workers in Syria but which also witnessed evacuations of thousands of civilians from war-ravaged eastern Aleppo, United Nations envoys for Syria said today that things have to change in 2017 and that “it can change in 2017.”  READ MORE

Standing by Afghanistan: the strategic choice

Afghanistan’s defence and security forces face enormous challenges. They are countering an insurgency of well-equipped guerrilla fighters, who enjoy the unconditional support of organised crime, international terrorists and some neighboring countries. They are on the front line of the fight against terrorist groups including Al-Qaida, so-called Islamic State and the Haqqani Network. Moreover – as Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said repeatedly – for fourteen years Afghanistan has been in an undeclared war with Pakistan. And it’s also believed that the country continues to be the proxy battleground for India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers. READ MORE

MEGA Silk Way to Officially Open in 2017, Will be ‘City Within a City’

MEGA Silk Way, the capital’s new shopping and entertainment centre located at the EXPO 2017 site, was launched in December. The official opening is planned for the first quarter of 2017. READ MORE

US-Kazakh Relations to Grow Despite Many Changes in 2017, Says US Ambassador


The United States, one of the top foreign investors in Kazakhstan, is about to witness Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, as the 45th and probably one of its most controversial Presidents. Will policies under the new administration affect U.S.-Kazakh relations? READ MORE

February 2017