Articles by Iskander Akylbayev

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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 Rise of Kazakh Diplomacy: Building Bridges Out of Barriers. Five recommendations

Pragmatism, consistency and a multi-vector approach is the traditional style of Kazakh foreign policy. For a long time, historical context and geography have been shaping the rules of the game in Kazakhstan’s regional policy, as well as polishing a unique negotiation style. At the dawn of the country’s independence, complex geopolitical realities were the main…