Articles by Ursula Gelis

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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’s Religious Worlds: a Path of Coexistence

“Human beings have only three virtues: the burning heart, the bright mind – and creative will.” Abai Kunanbayev. Kazakh poet (1845-1904), Book of Words (47). No prosperity in a world of social unrest. Avoiding conflict needs advocating for religious tolerance. Kazakhstan invites to constructive dialogue and is a bridge-builder between East and West.  Travelling across…