Kazakhstan’s First UN Representative Reflects on almost a Quarter Century of Membership

By Zhaina Yerbolat

Kazakhstan was admitted to membership in the United Nations (UN) on March 2, 1992. On the eve of the 24th anniversary of such an important event in the country’s international recognition, The Astana Times asked Professor Akmaral Arystanbekova to share her thoughts on the significance of the date. Arystanbekova, Ambassador-at-Large of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was the nation’s first permanent representative to the UN from 1992-1999. She also served as the Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs (1989-1991), Ambassador to France (1999-2003) and permanent representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (1999-2001).

Russia and France: a Dialogue on Strategic Perspective

By Ivan Timofeev

In late 2015, a team of French senators issued an extensive report titled "Relations with Russia: Searching for a Way out of the Political Deadlock" (Les relations avec la Russie : comment sortir de l'impasse?) based on the outcomes of discussions with participation from French and Russian diplomats, politicians, experts and civil society leaders. The paper not only outlines the key shifts in Russia-France relations in the wake of the Ukraine crisis but undeniably goes beyond the boundaries of the current situation. On the one hand, the authors uncover the deep-rooted causes of the drastic deterioration in the dialogue between Russia and the West, while on the other they suggest solutions for handling the most complicated issues and defining the basic principles to be employed by the West for interacting with Moscow.