Articles by Jonathan Aitken

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

Flying blind with Air Astana

It was a nightmarish moment for us passengers on Air Astana flight KC0942 on the evening of Tuesday Feb. 21 when two minutes after take-off from Heathrow all the cabin lights and internal electrical circuits failed. For the next fifteen minutes we waited, with varying degrees of nervous impatience, for power to be restored. “Let…

The Personality of President Nazarbayev

Building a nation takes patience, perseverance and personality. Many Kazakhs at all levels of society have made their contributions to the first two ingredients of their country’s nationhood. The third ingredient, the personality of the leader who has created and led the independent state of Kazakhstan for the past 25 years, deserves to be equally…