Articles by Daniel Massow

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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…

An Intimate Glimpse into Kazakhstan through the Eyes of a Peace Corps Volunteer

WASHINGTON, DC – As Janet Givens watched the terrible events of September 11, 2001, unfold, and the subsequent U.S. “global war on terror,” she felt she needed to do more to sow peace, not war. So, at the age of 55, the Philadelphia psychotherapist and grandmother followed her husband, Woody Starkweather, a speech-pathology specialist, and…

Kazakh Literature Needs English Translations, Says Kazakhstan PEN Club President

WASHINGTON – Bigeldy Gabdullin, president of the PEN Club of Kazakhstan, arrived in the United States recently with a special mission. He says he wants to open the heart and soul of the Kazakh people to the American reader through literature. To achieve that, Kazakhstan’s PEN Club has launched a series called “We the Kazakh…

Kazakhstan, U.S. Advance Strategic Partnership by Signing Key Treaty

WASHINGTON, DC – Askhat Daulbayev, Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan, and Bruce C. Swartz, U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General, signed the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (MLAT) on Feb. 20 at the U.S. Department of Justice. The treaty, after it is ratified by both countries’ legislatures, will significantly boost cooperation between the nations…

Kazakhstan’s Prosecutor General: Astana Ready to Host Next Regional Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

WASHINGTON – Askhat Daulbayev, Kazakhstan’s Prosecutor General, told the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism on Feb. 19 that Astana is ready to host a regional follow-up summit later this year. A long-time career prosecutor, Daulbayev led a delegation to the three-day forum, which, according to U.S. officials, was designed to help “prevent violent…

U.S., Kazakh Experts Call for More Institutionalised Relations, U.S. Presidential Visit

WASHINGTON, DC – Against the background of a changing geopolitical environment in Eurasia and the ongoing withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, U.S. and Kazakh experts have called for more structured relations between Washington and Astana and a visit by the U.S. president to Kazakhstan as key measures needed to further strengthen the dynamically developing…

Kazakh Envoy to U.S. Speaks at Scranton, Seeks to Expand Citizen Diplomacy

SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA – Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the United States Kairat Umarov, addressing the audience of the inaugural Jay Nathan lecture series at the University of Scranton on April 2, said that despite early doubts in the West about Kazakhstan’s viability as an independent nation and the security of its borders, today Kazakhstan is a sovereign…

Conference Calls for More Robust U.S. Policy in Central Asia

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C.-based think tank The Jamestown Foundation brought together more than 100 experts and diplomats in late October to review the challenges faced by Central Asia, U.S. strategic interests in the region, the prospects of the New Silk Road, the role of international actors and the need for continuing U.S. engagement in the…