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Modern Kazakhstan

Image and Realities

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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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Akhmetzhanova Gulnara Kairbaevna - Kazakh Institute for Development Amrebaev Aidar – Deputy Director, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty Astrov Vasily - The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies Baynazarova Elnara - Department Head of Department for Europe-Asia Research, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty Barisitz Stefan – Senior Economist, Austrian National Bank Busek Erhard – Former Vice Chancellor of Austria Heinrich Hans-Georg – Vice President, ICEUR-Vienna Kunserkin Zhangazy Karimovich - Alma-Ata Bar Association Almaty Legeland Gregor - Department of Political Science, Vienna University Lobova Ludmilla – Scientific Director, ICEUR-Vienna Solov´eva Aigul´ - President, Civil Alliance of Kazakhstan Spanov Magbat Uarysbekovich - President, Kazakh Institute for Devel- opment; Almaty Tuleshov Valikhan - Institute for World Economy and Politics, Almaty 198 Aydar Amrebaev: The Cultural and Civilisational Basis for the Development of Kazakhstan 1 Gumilev, L.N.: “Ethnogenesis and the biosphere of earth”, 2005, Moscow, AST Astrel. p. 512. 2 Gachev, G.: “National images of the world”, 1988, Moscow, Soviet writer. p. 448. 3 Gurevich, A.Ya: “Categories of medieval culture”, 1984, Мoscow, Art. p. 350. 4 See book: Baizhumin, Zh.: “The story of the birth, life and death of the shepherd Abel”, 2009, Almaty, Aryan lexicon, Book 2. 5 Jaspers, К.: “The origin and goal of history”, 1991, Мoscow, Publ. Political literature. 6 Мackinder, H.J.: “The Geographical Pivot of History”, 1995, POLIS, 4. 7 Suleimenov, О.О.: “Аz i Ya”, 1990, Аlma-Аta, Publ. Zhalyn. 8 Тuleshov...

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