Articles by C. Naseer Ahmad

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

The Kazakh Journey to Success: Turning Great Games into Great Gains

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, so said the Chinese philosopher Laozi . He was a wise man. For those who heeded his advice, successful journeys along the famous “Silk Road,” the vast trade network started during the Han Dynasty, amassed many fortunes. The thousands of miles across Central Asia provide…

Bold Visions, Neither ‘Great Games’ nor ‘Game of Thrones,” along the New Silk Road

The fall in oil prices and the decisions made at the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is causing severe ripples throughout the world economy. So naturally, it will be an item of discussion among intellectuals and policy makers. A symposium in late October at the George Washington University’s Central Asia Programme -“Revisiting ‘Great…

Stronger US-Kazakhstan Relations: Paving the Way along the New Silk Road

Kazakhstan is a country on the move. It is an unmistakable impression one gets from hearing scholars, diplomats and businessmen visiting Washington. Time and again one finds many opportunities around this capital to hear experts share their vision and voice their opinion up close and personal. A recent luncheon in Washington was an excellent example…

Kazakhstan stands tall in Washington

The moment one entered the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, on July 3, 2014, it felt that something magical was going to happen. And, it did happen with the “Magic Songs of the Eternal Steppe” – a spectacular programme sponsored by the Kazakh American Association. This beautiful programme…