Articles by Erlan Karin

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

Kazakh State Secretary: Amendments to the Constitution Mean Systemic Transformation of the Current Political Model

As is known, the draft amendments and additions to the Constitution are under consideration by the Constitutional Council. The amendments will affect 33 articles of the Basic Law, which are, in fact, a third of the Constitution, which shows the scale and fundamental nature of the planned reform. It may be very difficult for a…

On New Kazakhstan and Second Republic

Congratulating the people of Almaty on Nauryz, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev used a new definition in his statement – “The Second Republic.” In this regard, some experts wonder what this concept means and how it correlates with the previously stated concept of “New Kazakhstan”. In fact, the two ideologemes have the same essence, differing only in…

New Package of Political Reforms Introduced in Kazakh President’s State of the Nation Address

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered the state of the nation address titled “The unity of the people and systemic reforms are a solid foundation for the nation’s prosperity” on Sep. 1. It presents specific solutions to the issues, which are supported by expert assessments. The address pays attention to the process of further political modernization. The…

Central Asian leaders meeting represents unity, understanding

The first working meeting of the leaders of the Central Asian states has taken place. Negotiations to arrange this meeting lasted until the very moment of the meeting, during which the parties had been adjusting the format, date and agenda: no side was in a rush to make the announcement of the upcoming event. Contrary…

Key Security Challenges in Central Asia

The withdrawal of coalition forces from Afghanistan scheduled for 2014 is one of the key issues in discussions of security challenges in Central Asia. There are fears, shared by governments, think tanks and the expert community in the United States, Europe and Central Asia, that the withdrawal of military forces will weaken control within Afghanistan…