How Central is Central Asia?

By Michał Romanowski

As illustrated by recent events in Ukraine, the post-Soviet space is still undergoing significant economic and political transformations. After the Soviet Union collapsed, the world welcomed 15 new sovereign states. Each of them chose a different path, some of which led to democracy and others that went astray.

Caspian Route of Kazakhstani Oil

The idea of Transcaspian oil pipeline Aktau-Baku construction occurred in the mid of 90-s of the past century and Is directly connected with promotion of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan project. The initiators of the project considered that connection to Kazakhstani oil would allow the maximum load for exporting oil pipeline and enhance the involvement of Kazakhstan into Caspian hydrocarbons transportation. Initially the plans suggested finalization of the pipeline construction by 2003-2004.

Kazakhstan delegation presents the country's anti-nuclear initiatives at an international conference in Mexico

A Kazakhstan delegation presented the country's position on the need for further coordinated efforts of the international community to reduce nuclear weapons during the 2nd International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, held in Nayarit, Mexico on February 13-14.

Kazakhstan Looking to the West to Ease Dependence on Russia

By Georgiy Voloshin

On January 22, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev arrived in Davos to attend the 44th session of the World Economic Forum and held a number of bilateral meetings. These included, among others, private conversations with high-level officials of the European Union, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) (Tengrinews.kz, January 22).

Belgian politician lauds Kazakhstan's decision to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes

Kazakhstan's competitive advantage over some of the most developed European countries - members of the OECD is commitment to and continuity of the implementation of ambitious strategies and programs, Former Mayor of Ypres, Belgium and Vice President of Mayors for Peace Organization Luc Dehaene believes.

Stepping Out of the Shadows: Turkmenistan and its Feisty Neighbors

By Anthony Rinna

Of the three energy-rich post-Soviet states besides Russia that border the Caspian Sea - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan- Turkmenistan constitutes the regional “wild card” in terms of its direction as an external energy supplier as its foreign policy orientation is not as clearly defined as those of the other two states.   Azerbaijan has proven itself to be an ally of the United States and Israel, planting it rather firmly in the Western camp, while Kazakhstan, despite its multi-vector foreign policy and friendly relations with the United States,  maintains close ties with the Russian Federation, both in terms of ethno-linguistic ties, as well as within the more formally-binding structures of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.