Articles by Altair Nurbekov

Scholars argue for long-term approach to U.S. and European policies to Central Asia

ASTANA – The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) at American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) in Washington, DC, held a book launch May 1 for the most recent work by S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell, “The Long Game on the Silk Road.” In the book, the authors, who serve as CACI chairman and director respectively,…

Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Briefs OSCE Colleagues in Potsdam

BERLIN – Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko participated in an informal Sept. 1 meeting of foreign ministers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) member states. The event was organised by the German chairmanship of the OSCE, which leads the organisation in 2016. According to the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs,…

Riga Conference Focuses on EU–Central Asia Cooperation

RIGA – The Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), in cooperation with the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, hosted an international conference April 1 centred on “EU Global Strategy and Central Asia: Vision and Instruments.” The conference, which brought together speakers from countries in…

Serbia Concludes OSCE Chairmanship; Kazakh FM Calls for More Robust Role for Group in Fighting Extremism

BELGRADE – The 22nd meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council in Belgrade Dec. 3–4 saw the culmination of Serbia’s one-year chairmanship of the international security body. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov headed the country’s delegation to the council meeting. According to the OSCE website, nearly…

Kazakh FM Stresses Need for Coordinated Policies on Eurasia, Stronger Ties with Europe

VIENNA – Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov continued his country’s public campaign aimed at promoting a framework of mutually beneficial cooperation within Central Asia and with its outside partners as he addressed a think tank gathering in Vienna Dec. 2. Idrissov participated in the second annual meeting of the Advisory Council of the Eurasian Council…

FM Idrissov Visits Vienna, Addresses ECFA on Eurasian Challenges

VIENNA – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov held a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings and took part in the second annual meeting of the Advisory Council of the Eurasian Council on Foreign Affairs (ECFA) during his working visit to Vienna Dec. 2. The date of the meeting coincided with the fifth…

“New Dubai” on Kazakh-Chinese Border Set to Change Trans-Eurasian Trade

KHORGOS, ALMATY REGION – Some might say this barren spot on the border between China and Kazakhstan is in the middle of nowhere. And they would be forgiven, for there were only a handful of people and cars spotted along the 300-km, five-hour train ride from Almaty to the nearby Altynkol station (that is, once…

Nazarbayev, Obama Reaffirm Strategic Partnership During New York Meeting

NEW YORK – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and U.S. President Barack Obama had a bilateral meeting in New York on Sept. 29 to discuss international issues and bilateral trade, investment, energy and security cooperation. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly. The presidents stressed the importance of…

FM Idrissov Shares Kazakh Approach to Int’l Issues During UN Security Council Open Debate

NEW YORK – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov took part in the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on the Maintenance of International Peace and Security chaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Sept. 30 in New York. In his remarks, Idrissov pointed out Kazakhstan’s approaches to international problems. In his…

Kazakhstan, Japan Call for Early Entry into Force of CTBT

NEW YORK – Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida as well as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and numerous other top officials and diplomats called for stepping up efforts to ensure an early entry force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty or CTBT. The pact would prohibit all nuclear tests. The…