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Green Roadmap; Not Silk Road: Kazakhstan's (renewed) Role in World Affairs

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Kazakhstan can offer a much more visible contribution to international peace and prosperity. This country needs to be called upon to play a stronger and more active role in the mediation of interests between the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (E.U.), on one side, and Russia and the Middle East, on the other.

Putin's Latest Nightmare -- Great Game 2.0 in Central Asia

Samuel Ramani | Posted 11.14.2014 | World
Samuel Ramani

The stop-start nature of Russia's energy deals with Central Asian countries combined with traditional fears of Russian encroachment stemming from centuries of Russian occupation, has caused many Central Asian countries to view China as a more stable and consistent economic partner.

Astana Opera on New York's Cultural Radar Screen

Shai Baitel | Posted 10.26.2014 | Arts
Shai Baitel

New Yorkers are in the enviable position that, sooner or later, everyone will come and visit the city. We do not have to travel the world - even though many of us love to do so - to learn about different cultures because the world comes to us.

Olympic Plan to Bar Discrimination in Host Cities Is Just Lipstick on a Pig

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

Forgive me if I'm not popping the champagne. In reality, this is nothing more than a publicity ploy to quiet critics some of whom, by all accounts, are buying it hook, line and sinker.

Photographer Risks Nuclear Radiation To Capture Haunting Post-Soviet Landscapes

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.16.2014 | World

In a haunting legacy of the Cold War, the remains of secret military cities still scatter the lands that were once part of the Soviet Union. Award-win...

Hold Pakistan Accountable for Its Blasphemous Oppression

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Doug Bandow

The world is aflame. Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict. Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims. The U.S. government should designate that nation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.

The Unintended Consequences of America's Foreign Policy

Elena Ulansky | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

The implications of America's empty threat of sanctions and false line drawing have not been lost on Russia or China. It appears that this is also the beginning of an era of decreased involvement of US on the world stage, especially in the East.

The Ukraine Crisis and the 'Balance of Power'

Amir Madani | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Amir Madani

The wise manipulation of a balance of power strategy, with care to avoid direct hostilities and a clear preference for diplomacy over force of arms, could in the end prove useful in dealing with Ukraine, but only if such diplomacy is based on a search for fair compromise.

Wisdom From My Mother

Jennifer Kamara | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Jennifer Kamara

In the spirit of honoring mothers every day, not just on mother's day, I asked individuals from around the world to share with me, wisdoms from their mothers. Not surprisingly, they confirm how unrelenting and influential our mothers are globally.

A Final Nail in the USSR Coffin? Thank You From NATO, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

John Brown | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
John Brown

Even from the most cynical Cold-War, money-is-money, dog-eat-dog capitalism-is-capitalism perspective, a redrawn Ukraine would be far more in the West's, rather than strictly "Russian," "ethnic" interest.

Putin's Real Agenda?

Mark Siegel | Posted 05.20.2014 | World
Mark Siegel

There is cold method to the seeming madness of Putin's Ukraine gambit. Under the pretense of protecting ethnic Russians (from non-existent discrimination) Putin is moving to consolidate some of the lost power of the former Soviet Union.

Obama Consults Spain, Kazakh Leaders On Ukraine

AP | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has spoken with the leaders of Spain and Kazakhstan about the crisis in Ukraine. The calls o...

PANTY PROTEST: Russian Women Fight Lace Lingerie Ban

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 02.18.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — A trade ban on lacy lingerie has Russian consumers and their neighbors with their knickers in a twist. The ban will outlaw any underw...

Drop The Stan? Kazakh Leader Is Thinking About It

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | World

ALMATY, Feb 7 (Reuters) - President Nursultan Nazarbayev may drop the 'stan' from Kazakhstan to distinguish his booming oil-rich nation from the res...

Marching West: Regional Integration in Central Asia

China Hands | Posted 01.13.2014 | World
China Hands

As the United States continues its pivot to the Pacific, China seems to be turning westward.

Winds of Change Reshaping Middle East Landscape

Claude Salhani | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

Amidst the great uncertainty that prevails in the Middle East today there is at least one thing that is certain: we are living through a great shift in the region's politics and alliances, the repercussions of which are yet to be fully felt.

Your Kid Might Be Better Off Learning Math In Kazakhstan Than In These States

Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Unlike students around the world, Americans do not take the international exam Trends in International Math and Science Study, which measures how prim...

Is the U.S. Losing Saudi Arabia to China?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.

Frank Giustra, President Bill Clinton's Close Colleague, Joins US Oil Sands Board

Steve Horn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Frank Giustra - key power broker and close colleague of former President Bill Clinton - has taken a seat on the Board of Directors of U.S. Oil Sands, an Alberta-based company aiming to develop tar sands deposits in Utah's Uintah Basin.

China Stakes Out Silk Road Riches as Deal Maker Xi Charms Central Asia

Barry D. Wood | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Barry D. Wood

Two years ago then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled her own Silk Road initiative, which called for integrating Afghanistan into the booming economies of the broader region. That integration remains problematic and as Xi's low-key tour suggests it is likely to occur only with China playing the leading role.

Innocents Abroad? The University of Wisconsin in Kazakhstan

Howard Schweber | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Howard Schweber

In a recent Huffpo column entitled"Hidden Truths About American Colleges Abroad," Jim Sleeper makes some alarming accusations. He draws an analogy be...

Human Rights Group Dings Kanye

AP | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — The Human Rights Foundation has criticized Kanye West for performing at a wedding in Kazakhstan, joining a chorus of detractors who s...

Hidden Truths About American Colleges Abroad

Jim Sleeper | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

openDemocracy.net, one of Britain's most thoughtful, respected websites, has just posted additional information and arguments about university-regime collaborations and their implications for U.S. foreign policy.

Drivel from Dictators

Freedom House | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Dictators come up with some pretty lame excuses for abusing the rights of their citizens. And these ex...

Kazakhstan: Image vs. Reality

Al Eisele | Posted 09.14.2013 | World
Al Eisele

Quick now, when's the last time you read or heard anything about Kazakhstan?