Articles by Peter Humphrey

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

A Dozen Ways to Diversify Kazakhstan’s Economy

Like many hydrocarbon-rich countries, Kazakhstan feels itself vulnerable to its “monoculture” economy, the lifeblood of its sustenance since independence – and a sort of dependence addiction. The recent plummet in petroleum prices has made that peril all the more clear. Wishing to avoid the fate of “Nauru without guano,” the country is trying vigorously to…