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Modern Kazakhstan

Image and Realities

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Edited By Aydar Amrebaev, Hans-Georg Heinrich, Ludmilla Lobova and Valikhan Tuleshov

Against the backdrop of its mineral wealth, Kazakhstan has been touted a Central Asian tiger state. In contrast to most other Central Asian countries, it was able to evade civil war and large-scale bloodshed and to assume a leadership position which won international recognition and respect. At the same time, the country could not evade the global financial crisis and its human rights record is far from being immaculate. This volume analyses the economic, political and social dynamic of modern Kazakhstan as seen by insiders and Western experts. Their opinions converge on the assumption that there are hard times ahead but that Kazakhstan has the potential to weather the storm.

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Elnara Baynazarova, Kazakhstan in Global andRegional Politics: Conceptual View and Development Issues

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99 Elnara Baynazarova, Kazakhstan in Global and Regional Politics: Conceptual View and Development Issues I. Central Asia was and remains to be the key element in world-wide po- litical and economic processes. Being in fact a strategic ground where the interests of the leading world players coalesce, the region increases its potential in the field of transit of raw materials, goods and services, and in that manner revives the concept of the Great Silk Road in the new, 21st century. Actually, not a single “serene harbour“ remained in the world where countries and nations could image themselves safe. In that regard Cen- tral Asia is not an exception. In light of new unconventional challenges and menaces, not one state is in fact able to single-handedly provide its own security. All that brings the issue of creating an integral collective security system into focus, of whose necessity Kazakhstan tries to con- vince the international community since its first days of independence. When the question of post-crisis integration of Eurasia appears on to- day’s global agenda, then Kazakhstan, situated in the heart of the conti- nent, can become the initiator and co-ordinator of the necessary pro- cesses. Such integration is not only possible provided the strengthening of collaboration between countries, but given the realization of carefully considered internal reforms. It is necessary to highlight that Kazakhstan is an active stakeholder in the system of geopolitical and geo-economic co-ordinates in the Eurasian space. Kazakhstan’s ranking in the Index of Globalisation bears witness to...

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