A Young State in an Uncertain World

01 Dec 2017

(Project Syndicate) Since independence, Kazakhstan has benefited considerably from its inclusion in the liberal world order, underwritten by Western – and especially US – leadership. As that order becomes increasingly uncertain, young states like Kazakhstan will have to adjust.

ALMATY – In mid-November, Kazakhstan hosted the third annual “Astana Club,” a new independent and unbiased platform for dialogue among international business leaders, politicians, media representatives, and other experts on the “critical issues affecting all the countries of Eurasia.” The event epitomized Kazakhstan’s foreign policy over the last two decades, at a moment when that policy is set to confront unprecedented tests.

Participants in this year’s Astana Club were as high-profile as they were diverse. They included representatives of leading think tanks from Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Middle East; former presidents, such as Turkey’s Abdullah Gül and Slovenia’s Danilo Türk; former European Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner; Indian member of parliament Shashi Tharoor; and CEO of Channel One Russia Konstantin Ernst. [...]

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