Articles by Dr. Lisa Williams

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

Kazakhstan 2018

A total of 138 out of 193 countries voted in June 2016 for Kazakhstan to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), making its the first Central Asian country to serve in the prestigious position. Kazakhstan’s two-year term began in January 2017. In January 2018, Kazakhstan has assumed the rotating presidency…

The Nazarbayev Prize: Setting Good in Motion

Nursultan Nazarbayev worked as an iron caster in the blast furnaces of the Soviets.  But his legacy was forged like steel in the steppes of Kazakhstan. He came from a family of shepherds – nomads – from the Greek nomas to wander, to find pastures – related to nomos – meaning to graze – and…