Articles by Erlan Idrissov

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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 Can be Proud of the Way It Conducted Elections

I am proud of Kazakhstan for the way we have carried out these parliamentary elections. I want to extend compliments to the more than 10 election observation missions from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE): Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the OSCE Parliamentary…

The Great Gain Not the Great Game: How Kazakhstan is Charting its Own Course in the World

It is a sign of Central Asia’s and Kazakhstan’s increasing role and importance in the world that more and more is written about our region. But what is striking – and at times frustrating – is how reporting and analysis can be distorted to fit narratives which have little relationship to what’s actually happening. It has,…

Celebrating Kazakh Khanate’s Anniversary, We Honour Our History and Identity

It was the English writer, Charles Dickens, who once wrote, “Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” Home is indeed a powerful idea. Home protects, it unites, it shelters. Kazakhstan is home for Kazakhs, ethnic Russians, Ukrainians,…

Kazakhstan: 100 Steps Toward a New Nation

Kazakhstan’s 100 Concrete Steps initiative was launched in the spring as a direct response to worsening regional and global conditions. Increased tensions between the major powers had led to tit-for-tat sanctions which had an impact far beyond the countries directly involved. Slowing growth across the world had seen the price of energy and raw materials…

Kazakhstan Ready and Able to Host 2022 Winter Olympic Games

When two years ago we launched our bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, few commentators gave Kazakhstan a chance. But following the IOC committee’s successful visit to Almaty last month, the mood has changed. We are now viewed as serious contenders. This knowledge has unleashed a huge sense of pride and excitement in the…

Peace in Ukraine a Major Priority for Kazakhstan’s Diplomatic Efforts

One of the most important issues on the international agenda, as well as for Kazakhstan’s foreign policy, is a solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Regretfully in recent weeks, the situation seemed to be moving further away from this goal. We continue to hope, however, that all the parties involved in this difficult situation will…

Kazakhstan’s Campaign for UN Security Council: A focus on real issues

It is a little over a year since Kazakhstan formally announced its candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in 2017-2018. And it has been a year of steady progress and sustained achievement. Our diplomats have been working world-wide to take our foreign policy and international relations to new frontiers. We have…

Of Land- and Sea-Lockedness, and the Pursuit of Happiness

In 1997, Jared Diamond wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning book called “Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.” The book explained in easily understandable yet well-argued prose why the world turned out to be what it is today – a Europe-centric, or rather a Eurasian-centric world – and why it did not come to…

A New Step Forward to Greater Regional and Global Security

Strengthening international security is one of the top priorities of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan pursues its primary mission – strengthening the sovereignty, territorial integrity, national security and defense of the nation – through consistent efforts to strengthen regional and global security, by making a substantial contribution to the establishment…

Defining the Contours of Kazakhstan’s Diplomacy up to 2020

During the two decades of Kazakhstan’s independence and under the leadership of its first President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country has achieved major breakthroughs in its political and socioeconomic development. The country has achieved substantial foreign policy results in the international arena and has become a reputable and responsible member of the global community. Kazakhstan’s diplomacy…